Coloring Books Can Cut Stress for Adults
From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle report.
Coloring is an activity that children worldwide have long enjoyed. With a picture already made for them, kids simply choose a crayon, pencil or marker of their favorite color and fill it in.
But why should children get to have all the fun?
Now they don't.
More and more adults are enjoying relaxing hours of coloring.
This is thanks to a new book craze in the United States and in other countries around the world – an adult coloring book craze. In December, five of the top ten best-selling books in the United States were coloring books made for adults.
They're fun but are coloring books good for you?
Artist Trina Lucido creates coloring books. To find inspiration for her drawings, she says she doesn't have to look far.
"One day I saw a beautiful leaf and – boom! – I did a whole page on leaves. So, some came from sketchbooks. Some were just one-word inspiration and some I just saw something on the ground and that was my inspiration that day."
Trina Lucido's latest coloring book contains 40 pages filled with hand-sketched drawings of flowers, birds and geometric shapes. It also has spaces to journal – in other words, to write about what you're doing or thinking. Journaling has long been an exercise in many types of therapy.
Lucido says the "big idea" behind her latest book is to help encourage people do something creative.
"It's called Color, Write and Create. I wanted to do something that would encourage people to be creative. When I do art journaling, people see my journals and (they go), ‘Oh my gosh! I wish I were creative.' And that makes me sad because I think everybody is creative. So the idea behind this book, the big idea is to encourage people to be creative..."
Lucido says the positive feedback from her customers is encouraging. She says that many of her customers are buying the coloring books for others who are sick or having challenges.
Lucido adds that the act of coloring becomes almost healing, or as she says, "therapeutic."
"Something else I heard from people, they are buying these for people who are either ill or going through a rough time, and they feel that this is something that kind of helps them, almost therapeutically. "
Art therapy experts have said in several articles (add link) that coloring can reduce stress by focusing you on a simple task. When you are filling in a flower with a vibrant purple color, you focus on the flower and not on your troubles.
Experts add that coloring can bring out your imagination and can take you back to your childhood.
Psychologists add that coloring activates your brain in a healthy way. The shape and form of the drawings activate one side of the brain, while the color and texture of the drawing material activates the other.
Coloring also exercises a person's fine motor skills. But people drawn to coloring books probably are not thinking of exercising their fine motor skills.
Susan Jackson is a big fan of Lucido's coloring books.
Jackson stands in a local store in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds one of Lucido's coloring books in her hands. As she flips through the book, she says she is drawn to their beauty and authenticity. Sitting down and coloring, Jackson adds, relaxes her and just makes her feel happy.
"Oh, it is very relaxing. Any stress just sort of falls away. It frees your mind. And it's not as daunting as trying to fill a blank page. The pictures, I think, are just happy. They just make me feel happy. I love her little birds. There is just something about them. They make me smile. So I'm saving the bird pictures to the very end, I think."
For now, there is strong demand for adult coloring books. That fact keeps Lucido happy and busy.
I'm Anna Matteo.
1.thanks to 由于；幸亏
Thanks to his polyglot aptitude, he made rapid progress.
2.look far 看得远
The youth should look far ahead and aim high, and have a global outlook.
3.coloring book 涂色书
The kid was coloring in a coloring book on the floor.
4.focus on 专注于
Instead, we should focus on long-term trends.
1.Trina Lucido's latest coloring book contains 40 pages filled with hand-sketched drawings of flowers, birds and geometric shapes.
filled with 布满；充满
The detector tube is filled with nitric oxide.
The shop windows are filled with foreign merchandise.
2.Oh, it is very relaxing. Any stress just sort of falls away.
fall away 消失
His supporters began to fall away from him.
In a crisis, old prejudices fall away and everyone works together.
涂色是全球儿童都喜欢的活动 。准备一幅画稿，让孩子们用蜡笔、铅笔或记号笔给图片涂上自己喜欢的颜色 。
这是因为近期风靡美国等其他国家的一款新型的成人涂色书 。十二月公布的美国前十的畅销书中，有五本都是成人涂色书 。
涂色书是由美术家特瑞纳·卢奇多（Trina Lucido）创作的 。她表示，为了寻找创作灵感，她不会想太多 。
“有一天，我看到一片漂亮的叶子，我在整张纸上都画满了叶子 。有时候，灵感来自写生簿，而有时候灵感来源于一个词，还有一些来自我在地上看到的东西，这片叶子就是灵感的来源 。”
特瑞纳·卢奇多最新推出的涂色书有四十页，内容有手绘的花鸟及几何图案 。还有日记专栏，就是说，你可以记录下所思所想 。写日记也经常应用于各类心理疗法 。
“书名为《涂色、写作和创意》 。我想借此鼓励人们大胆创新，我做艺术杂志时，人们看到我的杂志都会说‘天啊！但愿我也能如此富有创意’，这句话触动了我，我觉得每个人都是富有创意的 。所以这本书背后的创作动机是鼓励人们发掘创意 。”
卢奇多称，顾客的积极反馈又大大鼓舞了她 。很多顾客都会帮生病的或面临挑战的朋友购买涂色书 。
艺术疗法专家在多篇文章中提及，涂色就是专注于简单的任务以缓解压力 。当你用充满生机的紫色填充花朵时，你的注意力自然会从烦心事转移到涂色上 。
心理学家称，涂色以健康的方式激活大脑 。图片的形状和形态会开发一侧大脑，而涂料的颜色与质感则开发另一侧大脑 。
涂色还可以充分锻炼人在精细运动方面的能力 。虽然人们涂色的目的并非在此 。
苏珊·杰克逊（Susan Jackson）是卢奇多涂色书的忠实粉丝 。
杰克逊站在华盛顿当地一家商店门前 。手里拿着卢奇多的涂色书 。她说，浏览这本书时被书中的美图和真实感深深吸引了 。她还说道，坐下来涂色让她感觉很放松，很开心 。
“真的很放松，所有压力瞬间消散，释放了大脑思维，而且与那些填充空白不同，不会让人感觉气馁 。这些图画令人感觉愉悦，让我觉得很开心，我喜欢她画的小鸟 。正是这些鸟儿让我很放松 。我会一直收集小鸟的图片 。”
目前，成人涂色书的前景一片大好 。这让卢奇多很开心，当然也很忙碌 。