Did you know that coloring in your favorite coloring book can help reduce your stress? That's right! Your childhood princess coloring book or that one coloring book from the dollar store you got as a present can help you with your stress. Today, we're going to be talking about that. 

 Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work.

 Coloring has also been found to do many other things like improve sleep and improve focus. We know we get a better night’s sleep when avoiding engaging with electronics at night, because exposure to the emitted light reduces your levels of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Coloring is a relaxing and electronic-free bedtime ritual that won’t disturb your level of melatonin. Coloring also, as I stated, improves focus. Coloring requires you to focus, but not so much that it’s stressful. It opens up your frontal lobe, which controls organizing and problem solving, and allows you to put everything else aside and live in the moment, generating focus.

  When you color your coloring book, realize it gives you time to think. It is very relaxing and you should try it yourself. Where can you find coloring books? You can find them at Micheals, Hobby Lobby, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Amazon, Gift shops, and Small bookstores. 
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