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The Therapeutic Science Of Adult Coloring Books: How This Childhood Pastime Helps Adults Relieve Stress

THE HEALING POWER OF ART

Art may not be able to cure disease, but it can surely make coping with it a lot better. Researchers have acknowledged the therapeutic qualities of art for years, and today, art therapy is used to help people express themselves when what they’re feeling is too difficult to put into words, such as when they’re faced with a cancer diagnosis.

Research shows this form of therapy often has tangible results. One 2006 study, for example, found that mindfulness art therapy for women with cancer helped to significantly decrease symptoms of physical and emotional distress during treatment. Another study from the same year concluded that after only one hour of art therapy, adult cancer patients of all ages “overwhelmingly expressed comfort” and a desire to continue with the therapy.

“People with cancer very often feel like their body has been taken over by the cancer. They feel overwhelmed,” Joke Bradt, a music therapist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told Reuters. “To be able to engage in a creative process… that stands in a very stark contrast to sort of passively submitting oneself to cancer treatments.”

It’s not just those with cancer that can benefit from the visual arts, either. Art therapy is also helpfulamong people dealing with a variety of other conditions, such as depression, dementia, anxiety, andPTSD.

 

Considering the inability to focus is often a symptom of anxiety or stress, it only makes sense that adult coloring books would also help with those as well. Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist who also happens to be the author of his own line of adult coloring books, says that coloring elicits a relaxing mindset, similar to what you would achieve through meditation. Like mediation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus on the moment. Tasks with predictable results, such as coloring or knitting, can often be calming — Rodski was even able to see the physical effects they had on our bodies by using advanced technology.

“The most amazing things occurred — we started seeing changes in heart rate, changes in brainwaves,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, adding that part of this neurological response in “colorists” comes from the repetition and attention to patterns and detail associated with coloring.

Dr. Joel Pearson, a brain scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia presented a different explanation for the therapeutic effect: Concentrating on coloring an image may facilitate the replacement of negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones.

“You have to look at the shape and size, you have to look at the edges, and you have to pick a color,” Pearson told Nine MSN. “It should occupy the same parts of the brain that stops any anxiety-related mental imagery happening as well. … Anything that helps you control your attention is going to help.”

Adult coloring has begun to be recognized for its therapeutic properties.Lea Latumahina CC BY-SA 2.0

Art therapy often involves using an art medium as a tool to help address a patient’s specific problem, but as you might have observed in your high school art class, some individuals are more artistically gifted than others. Those who judge themselves as bad artists may be more likely to miss out on the benefits of art-based therapies. Adult coloring, therefore, presents a creative venture without the need for artistic flair. One simply needs to color within the lines in order to get the desired effect. However, some experts suggest it’s this lack of artistic input from patients that prevents adult coloring from being considered a genuine form of art therapy.

“It’s like the difference between listening to music versus learning how to play an instrument,” Donna Betts, president of the board of the American Art Therapy Association told The Guardian. “Listening to music is something easy that everyone can do, but playing an instrument is a whole other skillset.”

Drena Fagen, an art therapist and adjunct instructor at New York University’s Steinhardt School, shared Betts’ sentiments: “I don’t consider the coloring books as art therapy,” she told The Guardian. “I consider the coloring books therapeutic, which is not the same thing.”

WHAT’S GOING ON WHEN WE COLOR

Just because adult coloring alone may not constitute art therapy, that doesn’t mean the activity isn’t helpful. Theresa Citerella, an art therapy student at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., told Medical Daily that she has seen more people using the coloring books, both in class and in therapy, to help them focus.

“A lot of my fellow graduate classmates bring these coloring books into the classroom setting as a tool to focus more on lectures,” Citerella said, explaining that more professors are beginning to welcome this behavior. “For my internship, I find the clients who are fidgeting and cannot sit still ask for coloring the books in order to concentrate on group discussions. We have several adult coloring books at my site to offer the clients.”

And considering the inability to focus is often a symptom of anxiety or stress, it only makes sense that adult coloring books would also help with those as well. Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist who also happens to be the author of his own line of adult coloring books, says that coloring elicits a relaxing mindset, similar to what you would achieve through meditation. Like mediation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus on the moment. Tasks with predictable results, such as coloring or knitting, can often be calming — Rodski was even able to see the physical effects they had on our bodies by using advanced technology.

 

“The most amazing things occurred — we started seeing changes in heart rate, changes in brainwaves,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, adding that part of this neurological response in “colorists” comes from the repetition and attention to patterns and detail associated with coloring.

Dr. Joel Pearson, a brain scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia presented a different explanation for the therapeutic effect: Concentrating on coloring an image may facilitate the replacement of negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones.

“You have to look at the shape and size, you have to look at the edges, and you have to pick a color,” Pearson told Nine MSN. “It should occupy the same parts of the brain that stops any anxiety-related mental imagery happening as well. … Anything that helps you control your attention is going to help.”

Abstract adult coloring meditation

Abstract adult coloring meditation

Fun and Unique Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books have taken the world by storm in a good way since it promotes relaxation and getting in touch with your creative side
I admire how relaxation, breathing, concentration and meditation have become important tools to balance the day-to-day. It is important to know how to deal with stress levels, stress will always be around, but is in us handle it. I am also an entrepreneur and I like to keep my mind occupied, but even more I realized this when designed a book that allowed connect my ancestral culture with activities that can cause positive effects through the use of creativity

You have total freedom to express your unique vision for each page using any methods and materials you like. Anything goes when you’re coloring – it’s a chance to let your inner light shine!

Coloring for adults is a growing trend that is spreading like wildfire around the world – and for good reason: it’s fun, relaxing, therapeutic, and creative. Coloring can be a meditative process in which you become so focused on the activity that all other thoughts and concerns fall away… and when you’re done, you have some cool art you can show for it!

Why Do My Dreams Never Come True?

Dreams are True, But its purpose is not in making it coming True next morning as you wake up. Dreams occur for all of us to create a feel of satisfaction of those things which we could not achieve in our real Life. It produces a illusory movie for our satisfaction by making us live through that images which we want to experience in physical world. If such dreams are not happening one will go Mad. Actually Dreams help us reduce obsession and keeps one Sane . Our brain creates an illusion of images if we are very much longing ( or repeatedly thinking about ..) for a particular experience.  It bestows a feel of satisfaction.  Dreams ( unwinds) dilutes the intensity of a unfulfilled desire.

January 30, 2016

Amrita Sher-Gil’s 103rd Birthday

amrita sher gill s paintings

kenfortes weekend painting drawing sketching classes – admires amrita sher gill

Vivid color, graceful forms, and bold strokes mark the truly remarkable life and work of Indian painter, Amrita Sher-Gil. Today’s Doodle honors the “Indian Frida Kahlo,” who left no holds barred in her work, or in her life. Her paintings speak volumes of her passionate lifestyle and relentless desire to express herself through her canvasses.

Sher-Gil studied and practiced in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where she got her start as an artist and life consummate bohemian. Over time, her work became a clear salute to the feminine form, and Sher-Gil into an uncompromising talent.

The inspiration for this Doodle, by Jennifer Hom, is Sher-Gil’s painting “Three Girls”, available to view on the Google Cultural Institute. Here is the simplified graphic concept.

 

To create the final version, Hom reworked the image to match Sher-Gil’s style and signature attention to the tone, texture and color of skin and clothing. Sher-Gil, whose parents are Hungarian and Indian, was influenced by both eastern European and South Asian styles and standards of female beauty.

 

 

Much of Amrita Sher-Gil’s work is in the public domain—you can see it online at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

amrita-sher-gils-103rd-birthday - kenfortes admires her art

amrita-sher-gils-103rd-birthday – kenfortes admires her art

http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-in-india/google-celebrates-amrita-sher-gils-103rd-birthday-with-three-girls-doodle

Google celebrates Amrita Sher-Gil’s 103rd birthday with ‘Three Girls’ doodle

Amrita Sher-Gil was a rebellious and adventurous spirit who broke barriers in art and life.

– See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-in-india/google-celebrates-amrita-sher-gils-103rd-birthday-with-three-girls-doodle/#sthash.CuduhVyz.dpuf

Google celebrates Amrita Sher-Gil’s 103rd birthday with ‘Three Girls’ doodle- kenfortes art school

Google celebrates Amrita Sher-Gil’s 103rd birthday with ‘Three Girls’ doodle- kenfortes art school

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