Adult coloring books a good form of stress relief

X-ray image of a human head brain. (Courtesy: News2)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Coloring books are making a big comeback and saturating the market as a form of relaxation for adults.

Psychologist Joseph Rock said the coloring books do work.

“One of the things that I think adult coloring books can do, and there are other things that serve the same purpose, is it pulls you out of your head into what you’re doing, okay, which is a better place to be because what you’re doing is in the present not a future that scares you or a past that you have remorse about,” Rock said.

Psychologists say coloring and staying within the lines provides relief not always provided by watching television.

If stressed, look for an activity that draws you in but is not stressful itself. You can make decisions and keep your brain engaged.

If you do not have a coloring book, you can always try a similar brain game: a crossword puzzle or some physical activity such as shooting some hoops in the backyard.

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