Color Me Stress-free

Pictured: Emily Misamore, Cam Dillon, Allie Hughes, Julia Fulk, and Cassie Wood
Pictured: Sophomores Emily Misamore, Cam Dillon, Allie Hughes, Julia Fulk, and Cassie Wood

Think back to your easy-going and care-free childhood days and all that they entailed. They probably involved naptime, juice boxes, lots of cartoons and most importantly: coloring.

Coloring is one of the easiest and most fun ways to entertain kids and keep them occupied. Unfortunately, there came a time where we all had to trade our fancy 50-pack of crayons for pens and pencils.

All color and fun has been stripped before our eyes and we are left in a word of black and white.

Fear not: coloring is making a comeback in our early adult lives and it’s better than ever. Coloring is now being viewed as an activity that is just as beneficial for adults as it is for kids. Its also been proven to lower the stress relief in adults.

“When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres.” said Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala.

Elena Santos of the Huffington Post says that coloring is good for the mind.

“The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.” Santos said.

They even make extensive adult coloring books now that can be purchased at just about any book or drug store.

Here at FHS coloring is made available to you via the library at a specially set up table for you to take some time out of your day to relax. Its called the “de-stress” table and there are printed coloring pages and crayons made available to you, courtesy of our librarian Mrs.Brasfield, for you to take and enjoy.

Students have been responding really well to the coloring station to the extent that the coloring pages barely last and need to constantly be replenished because of their high demand.

So cancel your yoga class and put down the stress ball because returning to a carefree and childlike state is only a few pages away in your new coloring book.

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