Color by Number: Your Pathway to Stress Relief

We all know that feeling: our heart races, our stomach feels like it’s doing flips, our head pounds. Stress. It’s an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean we have to just sit back and accept it. In fact, there are plenty of things we can do to alleviate stress. One surprisingly effective method is color by number.

That’s right, the same activity we did as kids can help us relax and de-stress as adults. And it’s not just us – color by number has been shown to help people with anxiety and depression, too.

How does it work? The act of coloring requires focus and attention, which helps to redirect our thoughts away from whatever is causing us stress. And the repetitive nature of coloring can be calming and therapeutic, helping to lower our heart rate and breathing.

So the next time you’re feeling stressed, try reaching for a color by number book (or print out one of the many free coloring pages available online). And don’t worry about being perfect – the beauty of color by number is that there are no mistakes, only beautiful works of art.

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