Never Too Old To Color
Story By: Trenell and Krishayla BoydStudent Journalist
Today is National Coloring Book Day, and coloring has been something I have enjoyed ever since I was in elementary school. Just being able to scribble any kind of color as a kid and not knowing exactly what I was doing was fun. As I have gotten older, I’ve learned how to color in 3D and blend colors together to see how certain colors can be mixed to create other colors.
Coloring is very peaceful when you are stressed and just need time to reboot yourself. Whenever I sit down, put on some music, and just focus on the drawing in front of me, I zone out and forget about all my problems or worries. It is said that artists and designers have long believed that certain colors can affect moods, feelings, and emotions. “Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure and metabolism and eye strain and can also have an impact on performance.”
Color is a strong communication tool that can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even have an effect on physiological reactions. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are commonly known as warm colors: red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors can create different emotions, from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors: blue, purple, and green. These colors are oft en seen as calm, but can also mean feelings of sadness or indifference. Color is seen differently by each individual. Your feelings about color are usually deeply personal and based on your own experience.
I think coloring has been a part of almost every kid’s childhood, and it was my favorite thing to do when I was younger. I honestly didn’t remember the last time I colored until today. Th e truth is, as I grew older my responsibilities and priorities had nothing to do with coloring. I’ve realized that I have to start taking time out of my day to wind down and relax with some coloring. Coloring is much more than a fun activity; it has a lot of positive benefits as well. One positive benefit is that coloring reduces stress and anxiety because it induces the same state as meditating. It has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain--the amygdala. Some people may wonder why they are not getting a good night's rest, and it's because of exposure to the emitted light from things like cell phones that reduce your level of the sleep hormone called melatonin; therefore, coloring is the perfect way to end your night, and it also increases your chances of having a good night’s rest because it does not disturb your melatonin.
Also, coloring improves our motor skills and vision. Logic is what helps us stay inside the lines, and it requires the both hemispheres of the brain to communicate with the page. Even more, deciding which colors to use generates a creative thought process. Though coloring requires focus, it has the power to relax your mind at the same time. It has the potential to open your frontal lobe, which controls problem solving and organizing skills, and this allows you to put everything else aside and live in the moment of coloring. We are never too old to color!