Coloring - An Ageless Art (and Therapy)

 

coloring collage

People say it's relaxing, reduces stress, aids in relieving depression and anxiety - a considerable form of therapy. As a result, adult coloring books gained attention around the world, including in my homeland of Brazil. Art books of Mandalas, landscapes and even drawings were famously at the top of the bestseller list of books here.  What led to this coloring fever?

Some adults hooked to computers and mobile devices saw coloring books as a return to their childhood days, when the only concern they had was to choose which were the best colors for their designs.  In an environment where everything can be very standardized, a coloring book will end up being customized and individualized. A piece of personal art - your work of art! Everyone can start with the same book, but no one finishes with the same perspective or design.

 
"Art may not be able to cure disease, but it can surely make coping with it a lot better."

February 2016, Medical Daily

 

Experts believe adult coloring books function as an escape for stressful times. You take the focus of a problem when having to choose a color, not to move outline and even fill every little space to spare. "They help adults to build relaxation in fanciful ways," says Psychologist Vera Maria Carvalho.  And everything that promotes positive change is change. Yes, you can change coloring a book. "If it takes you the best feelings causes changes and this can be considered therapeutic," argues the expert.  

 

coloring together

Interactivity is also present. "Parents can call their children together to paint the books and this leads to an approximation. "The interaction when it is true, sincere, with affection, or common interest always helps. We are relational beings, then the proposed interaction through art... is a good approximation of reason or relationship", explains Carvalho.

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When it comes to creativity, expert is categorical. Carvalho adds,  "Creativity is a force of expression that each individual carries in his luggage of life. It may have been learned in some references or spontaneously as is the child. Judging whether it is perfect or not is less important. Who can say what is better. Best is who is allowed to pass through the experience. We can not forget that our learning passes through personal experiences, consequently, which the individual then filters." 

 

BY ANA MARIGLIANI

CONTRIBUTING FROM BRAZIL