We’re not suggesting that you throw tantrums or lick cookie crumbs off the floor, but engaging in some basic childhood activities, such as the two below, can help you to relieve stress and enjoy the little things more.
It’s easy to brush off the current “adult coloring” craze as a passing trend, but it’s tapping into something deeper.
By drawing (pun alert!) you away from your usual tangle of thoughts, coloring mimics aspects of mindfulness practice.
“Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment with intention and without judging,” explains Cleveland Clinic psychologist Scott Bea, Psy.D.
“So if we can engage in an activity such as coloring without too much judgment, I think it replicates the most positive aspects of mindfulness reasonably well.” Play.
You know what they say about all work and no play! And in a culture that emphasizes productivity, play can be elusive, says Bea.
Whether it’s a game of hide-and-seek, charades, or touch football, playful activities help you find balance.
As with coloring, play “draws you out of self-awareness,” says Bea, and may help to fend off depression and anxiety as well.
Plus, activity in general, no matter which kind, is beneficial for many parts of your body, including your brain.