Findings reveal that coloring books can help in naturally reducing cancer symptoms among patients
What was reserved only for children and occasionally for those adults who used to babysit them has now emerged as a therapeutic health remedy. Yes, coloring has now got a totally different demographic. Adult coloring books, the traditional niche hobby is now an international trend as they have etched a place for themselves among the top bestseller lists of the world. Not only are these books popular as a fun way to pass time but according to contemporary psychologists, they also possess therapeutic properties that can work wonders in reducing cancer symptoms naturally. This is reason enough for these wonder books of art to fly off the shelves like hot cakes!
1 Immense healing power
While art may not be all that you need to cure a disease, they do make coping with it easier. Scientists have acknowledged the therapeutic properties of art since ages. The therapy of art helps people to express themselves and show off those difficult feelings that they are unable to express in words, for example at a time when they are fighting cancer.
2 Helpful in easing emotional stress
According to several findings, this form of art therapy often shows tangible results. For instance, one such study conducted in the year 2006 revealed that mindfulness therapy of art for women suffering from cancer helped to decrease the symptoms of physical as well as emotional stress experienced during treatment to a considerable extent. A similar study conducted in the same year showed that adult cancer patients of varying ages, after a one hour art therapy happily expressed “great comfort” along with a desire to go on further with the therapy.
3 A creative process that helps to heal
It is very common for patients suffering from any form of cancer to feel as if their body has been overpowered by the disease and they feel overburdened with stress and the pain that comes along with the treatment. At such a time if they engage themselves in a creative process like coloring then it is likely to give them a comforting feeling that goes ahead to ease their process of healing.
4 Art therapy is helpful for various health issues
Do you know art therapy can actually help in fighting many diseases? Yes, adult coloring books can weave magic and aid in the treatment of all those who suffer from issues such as hypertension, stress, dementia, depression and PTSD, apart from helping reduce cancer symptoms. In fact, these coloring books present you with a creative venture that does not require you to possess an artistic flair. All you need to do is, color within the lines that are there in the pattern in order to achieve the desired effect.
5 How does coloring help?
Coloring books are great ways to combat stress and depression which comes along with cancer diagnosis. The inability to focus is a side effect of stress and coloring helps to restore focus in people. The art gives off a relaxing mindset, something which is just the same that you achieve through meditation. Coloring enables us to ward off our brains from depressing and lingering thoughts thus allowing us to focus on the moment, just like what is seen in meditation. Tasks like these have predictable results and so they give us feelings of calmness, of achievement and above all, happiness.
Medical experts are of the view that they have seen amazing results in cancer patients who opted for art therapy with the help of adult coloring books. The most outstanding of the results was the change in heart rate and the changes in brainwaves. All this is due to the response of the brain to the attention and repetition of the detailing and the patterns associated with the art of coloring. The more you concentrate on coloring an image, the more it facilitates the replacement of the negative thoughts with more pleasant ones.
The task involves looking at the size and shape of the pattern, looking at its edges, picking up a suitable color, etc. Such an exercise occupies those parts of your brain that are filled with anxiety related thoughts. This greatly helps in arresting your attention to something more creative, constructive and of course colorful, something which is certainly going to help you in the long run.
It is just so amazing that a simple and adorable activity of coloring can help fight cancer symptoms and give great amount of relief to the patients who are suffering a lot. This activity can also make them feel the happiness of being a child again!