To ignore a coloring book and crayons or pencils lying around and not start coloring is nearly impossible. Whether we choose to finish a page that someone else started or delve into a new page, it takes us to a moment of simplicity and because most of us began to color at a very young age, even early enough that staying within the lines was too difficult, we were unaware of the benefits associated with coloring. While the trend of adult coloring may not be a new endeavor for you, the health benefits from coloring may be new information if you believe it was a childhood “just for fun” activity.
Studies show several mental and physical benefits associated with picking up coloring pencils and paper whether done at home or in the workplace. In fact, some organizations have developed coloring clubs to promote team building, creativity, focus and concentration as well as stress and anxiety relief.
Coloring puts both sides of the brain to work. Choosing colors for your masterpiece uses the creative side of the brain while the use of fine motor skills and problem solving engages the rational side of the brain. It’s a simple task that demands the use of the whole brain requiring you to maintain focus and full concentration. “In this way, it is very much like a meditative exercise” stated Dr. Scott M. Bea, a practitioner of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy with Cleveland Clinic. It is this meditative state that assists with improving memory, empathy and sense of self, and relief from stress and anxiety. Dr. Stan Rodski explains that his clients achieved a deep sense of relaxation allowing them to significantly de-stress when they colored simple, repetitive, geometric shapes. He further explained that with coloring there’s no sense of pressure, responsibility, or accountability and our brain recognizes it as a carefree happiness.
At Calendar Company we understand the importance of decompressing from the stresses of every day life and the positive impact on your health. So designing a functional product to help our customers unwind and relax while having fun evolved from concept to reality with the introduction of our coloring calendar. Not only will you be able to keep track of dates, you will transform the month’s page into a beautiful piece of art as you color in the picture.