Coloring books have always been a portal to the artistic world for children. As they grow into their developmental stages and start to build a sense of self, most young children still enjoy being spontaneous, creative and begin to conceptualize who they are in relationship to the world. Adulthood has often represented the death of spontaneity, fun and sadly, art. And it’s true!
Let’s revert to Pablo Picasso for a little more insight into this phenomena. He says, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Well, kids, good news: The artistic child is making a comeback in the responsibility-filled, disillusioned, adult world.
The solution: Adult Coloring Books.
Adult coloring books have been trending the last couple years with noticeable advancement in sales and visibility. According to new data released by the U.K. Publisher’s Association, the new sensation of adult coloring books in 2015 almost single-handedly lifted print sales in the last 4 years. Print is not the only thing suffering, there has also been a steady decline of e-books. The new data follows a U.S. based Publisher’s Study released earlier this year that emphasizes the huge impact of a 60% increase in sales in 2015 over 2014.
Let’s get back to the phenomena where the roots of our Being ground into the higher vibrations of creativity. Many adults report coloring has helped ease their anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Living in a world flooded with constant stimuli, it is no wonder people have difficulty concentrating or even dedicating 10 minutes to themselves in silence, meditation or any other kind of self-care.
Art remains a portal to consciousness bigger than ourselves. Adults seem to be seeking ways to improve themselves and the coloring books have been a great start. Many of the benefits of coloring, drawing, painting, making music and writing, provide for an ability to self-soothe. It is a way of calming the nervous system, or at least changing its state to one of presence and stillness.
There is extensive research that shows the positive implications of experiential and expressive arts therapy in healing trauma and PTSD. May researchers have found that modern day psychological methods go back to simple ancient wisdom teachings such as breathing, intentionally moving air in and out of the belly, to change the experience of the body and nervous system. It is in the moment-to-moment experiences where we activate our consciousness without judgment or fear, that we can also wake up to the truth of our reality. The body always keeps the score, thus it is where we store our tension, stress, anger, fear, traumas and any other negative emotions. The mere act of bringing presence and stillness, especially through coloring, is an opportunity for a person to heal the negative impact of stressors. Small steps toward healing and change.
Give 10 minutes to yourself today. Buy an adult coloring book, like The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book, and start taking coloring, self-soothing, self-reflection, childhood impulses, more sincerely.