Adult Coloring – an increasingly used and purchasable medium of expression
Although there is a relationship between enjoying coloring as a child and choosing to color as an adult, there seems to be different reasons for adults needing to color.
Clinical Psychologist, S.M.Bea https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/11/3-reasons-adult-coloring-can-actually-relax-brain
Clinical Psychologist, N. Martinez http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-nikki-martinez-psyd-lcpc/7-reasons-adult-coloring-books-are-great-for-your-mental-emotional-and-intellectual-health_b_8626136.html
Interior Design, Jacob Olesen http://www.color-meanings.com/10-therapeutic-benefits-of-coloring-books-for-adults/
CNN, Daily Burn, Kelly Fitzpatrick http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/
Mandala used for:
spiritual practices; visual meditation; illustrates the entire structure of the universe; historic monuments; evoked circle in rituals for transcendence, mindfulness, wellness; Carl Jung, psychiatrist, believed it represented the total personality (Self); Joan Kellogg, intuitive counselor, conveys current physical, emotional, spiritual condition at the moment.
Cathy Malchiodi, Expressive Arts Therapist, Art Therapist, Research Psychologist, Writer, Activist and Speaker
- Can be progress; fate or destiny; power, identity, representation of the imaginary; self- satisfaction, frivolous
- Is a necessity rather than an optional extra.
- Utilized to boost productivity and innovation in workplace.
- Deep play subverts authority and often is for power (games of chance/risk).
- Creates a separate and personal space – a third area where one can truly be oneself.
- May lie in the experience of the player or within the characteristics of the play itself.
- Not done as a means to an end but for inherent pleasure; and is imaginative, intrinsically.
- Is motivated, non-serious, freely chosen, actively engaging, spontaneous, joyful.
Play linked with Wellness
Wellness is connectedness, being active, learning, giving to others, and taking notice.
- Play as a unifying medium for the development of growth and change that empowers the player as an agent of that change, regardless of intent.
- It is the playful quality of the concept that takes play from childhood into the adult world.
- It can be seen as a movement away from order, stability and predictability.
- It is the process of being a child, becoming different and open to what it not yet is.
- Heals our senses and keeps them healthy
- Coloring is a crossover with mindfulness and mantras – activities in which the brain is engaged. Coloring is just enough to stop the mind whirring, but not so much that the concentration is draining.
- Coloring a mandala reduces anxiety to a greater extent than simply coloring a plaid design or coloring on blank paper, with the implication that structured coloring of geometric pattern may induce a meditative state that benefits individuals suffering from anxiety.
- The discipline of creating artwork generates a sense of calm, reduces tension and contributes to a raised self-esteem and brighter outlook on life.
- There are positive effects on mental wellbeing, anxiety and depression.
- As a result, one eats less because not as bored and feeling better about self.
- It feels like therapy.
From: PLAY IN HEALTHCARE FOR ADULTS Using play to promote health and wellbeing across the adult lifespan. Edited by Alison Tonkin and Julia Whitaker, 2016. London: Routledge