Coloring is an activity we usually associate with children.  But, it turns out, coloring can be quite beneficial, even therapeutic, for adults.  And with coloring books topping the best seller lists in France and the UK, adults are showing they can still have fun coloring, too. 

Stop by the shop to get in on the latest craze, coloring books for adults!

Posted by Little Miss Muffin Children & Home on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

 The experience of coloring allows us to "turn off" our brains, focus only on the task at hand, and escape for a while from an otherwise hectic and fast paced lifestyle.  The therapeutic value of Art Therapy techniques, such as coloring, is supported by research and because of its accessibility, anyone can benefit from it! According to psychologist, Gloria Martinez Ayala, "The action (of coloring) involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress."  The benefits of coloring are broad; it is recommended as a relaxation and decompression technique and can be helpful in self-exploration, emotional processing, improving social skills, and reducing anxiety and pain. 

Creative Haven Coloring Books, $5.99  •  Available at Little Miss Muffin

While the adult coloring book craze has recently gained popularity, we at Little Miss Muffin have for some time participated in this trend, offering a wide, ever-changing selection of inspiring coloring books for adults in addition to a variety of children's coloring books. Our current selection of Creative Haven coloring books features 30 full perforated and printed-on-one-side pages, perfect for easy removal and display.

Creative Haven Coloring Books, $5.99  •  Available at Little Miss Muffin

According to Huffington Post, psychologist Luis Rojas Marcos says that "coloring comforts us, gives us peace, and lets us enjoy ourselves -- it even temporarily frees us from daily pressures... Although coloring a couple of hours does not eliminate all problems and worries, it takes us away and relieves us from the stress that overwhelms us."

So, there you have it. Coloring isn't just for kids anymore...and that's a good thing.