Coloring Books and Post Traumatic Growth / by JIllian Marshall

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You already know that #TeamVirago loves to use fitness for post-traumatic growth, but on days of rest (or rainy #Spring days that keep you from getting your sweat on) coloring in a coloring book can be just as good for your well being as a shot of aerobic endorphins.  It’s actually those [seemingly harmless] stuck-inside-on-a–gloomy-day-moments-of-boredom that have been proven to be most detrimental for people going through a hard time. “Boredom, lack of structure, and stress are some of the greatest triggers that exist” says Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC, “but the time and focus that adult coloring takes helps the individual remove the focus from the negative issues and habits, and focus them in a safe and productive way.”

Coloring books and the act of coloring are also useful to those who have PTSD.  After trauma, the part of your brain (the amygdala) that controls “emotions, emotional behavior, and motivation — is hyperactive.” Coloring in a coloring book can actually decrease activity in the agitated amygdala, “which helps calm you down in moments of heightened stress” says Erin Maynard, President of PTSD Survivors of America.

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This colorful and trending adult pass time also has meditative benefits. According to art therapist and owner of Bloom Counseling Rebecca Bloom “tasks with predictable results like coloring create changes in your heart rate and brainwaves, allowing you to focus and get some of the benefits of meditation without the training and time it usually takes to focus.”

Lest we forget, it’s also f******* fun! So download the above image and add some color to your world like a bad ass Virago.