Can you color away your stress?

We all know it’s important to make time to recharge and relax

True or false: Coloring can help reduce stress and may be just as good as meditation.

True! A study published in Journal of the American Art Therapy Association shows that coloring complex prints like mandalas or plaids can help reduce anxiety. There are a variety of coloring activities available for adults that include these types of prints to color.

Combat the winter blues with adult coloring

It’s a normal thing for many people to experience the “winter blues.” It stays darker outside longer, temperatures drop and it may be harder to stay active. Consider trying coloring as an activity to see if it can help you de-stress after a tough day. It may be a fun activity for both you and the one you’re caring for! Check out some free coloring pages you can download at

Source: “Can Coloring Mandalas Reduce Anxiety?” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 22(2) pp. 81-85 ©AATA, Inc. 2005