The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People

While there may not be enough clinical evidence to support the use of coloring books to treat anxiety disorders, more and more people are using this method as a way to reduce stress and improve focus. The stress-reducing effects of coloring may also be attributed to the fact that the activity brings back memories of youth, a time when fewer worries existed. However, unlike childhood, coloring as an adult has a distinct advantage. No one is going to yell at you for coloring outside the lines.


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