As a therapist, I have always offered coloring sheets and a variety of media for my clients to work on during their sessions. For many, the ability to focus their attention on something so “simple” as coloring, allows them to relax and confront some deeper issues. For others, it is something to focus on if sitting face to face feels too invasive. Yet for others, it is a way to unlock creativity and develop a sense of confidence as they unlock the beauty of a picture!
In terms of a mindfulness activity (paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, without worrying about the past or being anxious about the future) coloring offers a great escape. Spending time mindfully reduces suffering, increases focus and productivity while actually calming your amygdala (the part of your brain that freaks out!).
It is no secret that adult coloring books have been a CRAZE lately. Check below for links to a few free sites with great coloring page options!
If this topic interests you, please refer back to my post on art journaling! (https://yourmentalrestoration.com/2013/07/05/art-journaling/)