Christmas is here again, and it truly is the most wonderful time of the year – and the most stressful. We want everyone to have the best Christmas ever, so we often attempt to do too much, for too long, until everyone is tired and annoyed and ready to blow. And that’s just the families that get along!
We love the holidays, but we also know that they will overwhelm each and every one of us, at least once. So we’ve decided to help you take a break with some festive coloring in pages.
If you haven’t heard about the benefits of coloring in, first of all, where have you been? Thanks to its ease, accessibility and gentle nostalgic feeling, coloring in has becoming an incredibly popular pastime. And according to New Zealand researchers, it’s great for your mental health, too. Which makes it perfect for a holiday winding-down session.
That’s because coloring does lots of cool things to our brains. First, the intentional choice to make time for yourself helps kickstart the relaxation process. Second, seeing what you want the picture to look like, then making the artistic choices to see that come to fruition, open up your creative channels. Finally, the physical act of coloring is repetitive, but following the patterns keeps your brain just a little occupied, which means it is focused on a task but not overwhelmed by it. That gives your mind space to wander, free from the cares of the day.
So whether the turkey is burned or your great aunt won’t stop calling your partner by your ex’s name, you can print out these pictures and carve out a little time and space to just relax and let go. And that will undoubtedly put the “jolly” in this holly jolly Christmas.
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