A Look at the Therapeutic Effects of Colouring for Seniors
Research performed by the Canadian Art Therapy Association says that adults who engage in the practice of therapeutic colouring experience feelings of decreased stress, have more confidence, and enjoy an overall greater sense of calm and serenity.
These emotional and psychological benefits are rooted in the physiological changes that occur when an individual is lost in a world of peaceful landscapes, architecture, mandalas, and other engaging subjects that adult colouring provides.
Inspired and Stimulated Minds
Better Concentration and Focus
It has been shown that colour therapy can enhance the mind's ability to focus and can strengthen concentration.
A Boost in Self- Confidence
Colouring therapy rehabilitation also serves to reduce feelings of insecurity and anxiety. This is because it quiets the mind, reducing the negative self-talk that can cause seniors to feel uncomfortable about themselves.
Therapeutic colouring helps the mind to focus on the moment, thereby promoting mindfulness. It has been proven to reduce stress as well as anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.
Colouring is an excellent activity for enhancing dexterity. It offers seniors who often have problems with motor impairment, a way to be creative.
Therapeutic Colouring is an Ideal Winter Activity
Lacking adequate sunlight exposure, seniors becomes vulnerable to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as well as Sundowner's Syndrome. Therapeutic colouring gives seniors a constructive, enjoyable solution to help ease the winter blues and to embrace this season with a sense of inner peace and comfort.