This art therapy trend has yet to hit America, but because publishers have found it immensely profitable, it's probably only a matter of time before you find yourself shopping for a new box of crayons. And hey, why not? Coloring is a fun and joyful activity that is a much easier way to reduce stress than, say, dragging yourself to the gym. It just might get awkward if your friends find your completely finished Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book.
Psychologist Gloria Martinez Ayala tells the Huffington Post that coloring triggers and stimulates the brain areas associated with motor skills, creativity, and the senses. Coloring helps to calm the part of our brains called the amygdala, which controls our emotions and stress. Simply put? Coloring takes our minds off our problems, and as a result leaves us feeling much more relaxed, rested, and at ease. Furthermore, experts say that concentrating on a coloring book lets us mentally escape by bringing back memories of childhood, a less stressful time for many of us.