Coloring can help reduce stress and anxiety while helping improve mental focus.
The American Art Therapy Association says art therapy manages behavior and addictions, develops social skills, reduces anxiety, increases self-esteem, and more, which makes its benefits very similar to regular therapy.
Even though it’s gaining in popularity, it turns out coloring therapy is not a new idea.
Art therapy was first practiced in the 1940’s. The first research on using coloring as therapy began as recently as the mid 1990’s.
One study from science and education publishing on college students showed coloring pre-drawn patterns reduces signs of stress and depression. But it’s not just college students who benefit from coloring, all adults can benefit from the stress relieving activity. Coloring can even help with serious illness. A study from 2006, says after only one hour of coloring therapy, cancer patients of all ages expressed a new sense of comfort and wanted to continue with the therapy.
Bella Vista Public Library event coordinator Bailley Kinser says she’s seen the event grow in popularity since its beginning. And she thinks it’s their most popular event. She says, “We started out as it was a once a month event and the people who were coming, they’re like, ‘can we do this more often? Couldn’t we do this like once a week?’ And of course, absolutely. And so, now that we have it once a week, we get more people just because maybe they couldn’t make it on the third wednesday, but they can on the second Wednesday.”
Kinser says the library will continue hosting the event every Wednesday as long as people keep coming.
It is completely free and the library provides all of the supplies.
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