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ADULT COLORING

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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.  
REFERENCES
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/

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Circular forms in art are often referred to as mandalas, the Sanskrit word for "sacred circle."

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 

ADULT PLAY

-          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.

Lifespan Considerations

 -           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.

Art

 -           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