Tag: anxiety

Is coloring as a hobby beneficial or harmful?

In the news this week, we’ve had a couple of articles that go beyond the “Hey look! Coloring is a big trend!”

Anthropologist Adrienne Zilhman tells us a story of how, as a Ph.D. candidate, she took a course where the professor used a biological coloring book to help students visualize and understand the differences between various species and fossils. At the time she thought coloring the book was silly, as it was a “children’s activity.” But now she’s an avid colorist. (more…)

Color Me Calm and Color Me Happy [Review]

by Lucy Fyles

Today, I’m very pleased to welcome Lucy, a member of my Facebook group, to my blog as a guest reviewer. Lucy reviews books specifically for those suffering from mental illness. Lucy is able to bring a unique viewpoint to this target group, as both a person who suffers from her own severe anxiety disorder, and as someone who has worked with psychiatric inpatients. You can read Lucy’s blog for more information, or connect with her through Facebook.

color-me-calm-angela-portercolor-me-happy-angela-porterTo start us out, Lucy brings us her thoughts on two books specifically written with a therapy focus: Color me Calm and Color Me Happy by art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter. Let’s hear it, Lucy!

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How Coloring Speaks to My Heart and Heals Me

Hallway in Dannie's house showing some of her colorings.

by Dannie L. Aasted

I started coloring as an adult when I was 52. I picked up a few coloring books and crayons for my friends and I to do some inner child work. Though we had fun doing it together, I was the one who fell in love with the art. Soon I was buying coloring books for grown-ups, fancy pencils and markers and special tools for sharpening, erasing, and blending.
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