What is Mindful Coloring?

Mindful coloring is a very simple concept. It is the art of coloring while practicing mindfulness. Being mindful is all about being in the moment and being engaged and involved in what’s going on around you. The art of mindfulness is lost on so many these days. The presence of cell phones and instant access to the lives of millions of people across the world is so tempting. Many people miss out on the basic pleasures and the simple little things in life because they are so focused on doing more than one thing at a time they have no idea how to be mindful. Adult coloring is here to change that.

Coloring can increase your mindfulness.

How is Coloring Mindful?

Mindful coloring is simple. You are busy coloring, which means you’re busy doing one thing. You can’t color and carry on a conversation with the kids. You can’t color and watch a television show or cook dinner. You can focus on one thing, and you then clear your mind of everything as you choose colors, work to stay within the lines, and you focus on what you’re doing.

Focus on one thing at a time.

Mindful Coloring is A Teaching Tool

This is the type of teaching tool you use to help you create better habits. Mindful coloring allows you to learn to clear your mind and focus on the task at hand. The task here is the page you are coloring, but it transcends into other areas of your life as well. When you learn to be mindful while coloring, you’re learning the tools to practice mindfulness in other areas of your life.

Use the colors to relax into your coloring pages.

Mindful Coloring is Relaxing

One of the biggest benefits of mindful coloring is the way it relaxes you. You’re no longer focused on all the things that overwhelm you and make you feel down or stressed. You’re focused on something so simple and so easy, and you are really focused on it. You don’t have to sit back and think about it further. You are now engaged in something that doesn’t bring you stress or anxiety, and it relaxes you. Many people use this tool when they feel angry or upset as a way of calming down and focusing.

Coloring is beneficial to anyone, even if you are a little worried you seem childish. This thought process is not uncommon, but it’s one that’s quickly changed once you realize just how beneficial it is and how it’s not childish at all. If you begin to practice mindful coloring, it won’t take you long at all to realize it’s beneficial to you in more ways than one. It can help you change your life for the better over time.

A coloring page for you to print and color

How Coloring Can Reduce Stress

Do you find yourself feeling stressed and tense, to the point that you feel you’re going to burst? Pull out a coloring book, seriously. What might have once seemed like a leisure activity for elementary school-aged children has now become one of the hottest trends in terms of stress reduction. Here are some ways that coloring can help reduce stress in your life.

1. Mindfulness

Find your center through Mindfulness

If you’ve looked into cures for stress, you’ve likely read about or practiced meditation. In a mindfulness meditation practice, you work to alleviate stress by sitting in quiet solitude, observing your breath. By focusing on your breath, you can reduce the power of thoughts.

Similarly, coloring gives you something to focus clearly on. As you bring the colored pencil across the page, you can feel like there is nothing else in the world that matters at this moment. You might be aware of your concerns outside of this practice, but you can put them on hold. Instead, your focus can be on the moment and your process.

2. Concentration

Concentrate when you use colors in your coloring.

You can’t color mindlessly. If you’re trying to color while watching TV or talking on the phone, you’re not going to be able to focus on it and your work will suffer. In order to get the most out of your coloring book, you need to get rid of distractions.

Put your phone on silent and turn off the TV. Set a timer for about 20 minutes and just color. Focus on the page (or pages) you’re working with and just notice the sensations. Pay attention to the color of the colored pencils and how they feel on the paper. When the timer ends, you might feel motivated to keep going. If you do, listen to it. This shows that you’ve gotten in the zone. You might soon find that coloring is your go-to method when it comes to reducing stress.

3. Creativity

Get the Creativity Flowing

Many people find that their creative endeavors help them feel less stressed. After a long day, some people like to pick up their instrument or write some poetry. You can make coloring a form of expression. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t create the images you’re coloring. The additions you’re making via the coloring can make for an incredible display of creativity.

Before coloring, evaluate your mood and how you would like to reflect that mood on the page. You might be feeling tense and want to use calming colors like light blue or gray. You might also be feeling angry and want to use aggressive colors like red to get your rage out. Additionally, you might not be sure how you’re feeling and use an assortment of colors.

Remember coloring is a tool for you to use. not an end to getting professional help if you need it.

My own design for a Rhino to color. You can print it for your own use.

Color Therapy: The Psychology of Color

Colors have an effect on us.

The way we see and perceive color each day greatly impacts our lives, though it does
so on a mostly subconscious level. Understanding color psychology and how colors can
be useful to help relieve anxiety and stress is a way to make the most out of the
atmospheres you surround yourself in each day.

Why Colors Impact Us Emotionally

Seeing various colors can evoke emotion in us due to connections with real-life
experience as well as how we feel a color is interpreted. While some colors are bright or
dark by nature, others are muted or paler in comparison, allowing for drastically different
interpretations.

Color Psychology in Marketing

Color psychology is one of the most common tricks used in marketing in order to
encourage shoppers to make purchases or to remember brands and advertisements a
brand is currently running. The color green is often used with companies that are trying
to promote sales or work with money (such as banks or financial apps). The color green
helps to encourage shopping while also putting trust in the brand, relating the color itself
to money.

In many corporate situations, businesses choose to go with the color blue, as it
symbolizes trustworthiness and professionalism. Because of the neutrality and
trustworthiness associated with the color blue and businesses, companies such as
Facebook, Twitter, and even Reddit have all defaulted to using the color blue to draw in
new users while keeping the attention of current ones.

Peaceful and Calming Colors

Peaceful and calming colors are also found in advertising and marketing along with
plenty of pampering and soothing products on the market. Popular peaceful and
calming colors include pale and light blues and greens, along with deeper muted
versions of the colors. Blue and green often symbolize serenity and a sheer sense of
calmness, ideal for office or bedroom settings where the goal is to either remain focused
or relaxed.

Calm colors in a sunset

Coloring Books for Adults

Once you have a basic understanding of color psychology and how colors impact your
mood, consider coloring books for adults to help alleviate stress and worry while
allowing you to relax and unwind. Adult coloring books are great ways to integrate
soothing colors while calming the mind and reducing the amount of anxiety you feel at
any given time. Additionally, coloring books are affordable on most budgets and provide
plenty of opportunity to get creative in your downtime.

Becoming more familiar with colors and how they typically make us feel is a great way
to rearrange decor in the home or change up an entire wardrobe. Surrounding yourself
with the right colors and including additional positive external influences such as an
adult coloring book is a way to relieve anxiety and stress while allowing you to remain
relaxed, focused, and at peace.

For more information on art color therapy:

https://www.creativecounseling101.com/what-colors-mean-art-therapy-color-psychology.html

Available on Amazon

Ways to Start Coloring (as an adult)

Bright colors.

If you’re feeling a bit silly, confused, or even a little embarrassed to begin coloring as an adult, put those fears to the side. Adult coloring is simple, it’s fun, and it’s beneficial to your mind and your health. Getting started is the hardest part. Once you realize just how peaceful and calm coloring makes you feel, you’ll be recommending it to everyone you know as a way of relaxing and focusing on what’s good in life. Here’s how you get started.

Buy a Few Supplies

You don’t need anything fancy to begin coloring. You can get a piece of blank paper, a crayon or some colored pencils, and you can color. You don’t need a picture because you can draw something and color it. Even if it’s just your name in big bubble letters, you’re coloring. You don’t need much of anything to color as an adult. You can buy what you want or feel you need. Know that there is no right or wrong way to color as an adult.

Order Some Adult Books

If you want to get a little more serious about your coloring, you can always order a few adult coloring books. They are available all over the internet or even in local stores if you look hard enough for them. There are dozens of places to look when you’re in the market for an adult coloring book.

Coloring pages can be intricate designs to color

Sit Down and Start

Keep in mind there is no one but you present while you color. You needn’t show your artwork to anyone if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. All you need to do is sit down and color. Don’t let yourself feel self-conscious or strange about it. You’re the only one here, the only one looking at your work, and you are the only person judging yourself. Let that go and just color. Don’t worry about being perfect. Just worry about doing what you want to do to make the kind of art you want to make.

Focus on Coloring When You’re Overwhelmed

Do you recognize your body’s signs and what it’s trying to tell you about things? If you do, you probably recognize when you feel a bit overwhelmed or out of sorts. You know when you’re stressed or overworked, and you know you can do things to counteract that. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is sit back and take a break from what’s bothering you with a coloring book.

Coloring is inexpensive, it’s easy, and it’s a great way to de-stress and unwind. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, this is a tool that can help you feel better about life by clearing your mind and allowing to you go feel more in control. Try it and see how well it works for you.

Mandalas are great to color

Coloring as an Adult

Many people have decided that they want to do something artistic in their free time. In order to find something that is easy to do and still takes creative, many have turned to coloring. Yes, like the kind little kids do, only on bigger, more detailed coloring pages.

Adult coloring is not a new concept, but it’s one many people aren’t sure they understand. Sure, coloring is fun. It reminds you of a simpler time in your life when you were a child and coloring was a fun pastime. Now it’s an escape, and it reminds you of the joy found in simplicity. What you might not know is coloring in an adult coloring book is more than a fun pastime. It’s a mental break filled with benefits designed to help you ease stress.

Adult Coloring Calms You

Have you heard of amygdala? If not, you’ve certainly heard of a fight or flight response. This is what happens when you’re overwhelmed, overworked, and anxious. It gets worked up and leaves you feeling panicked. Coloring helps calm the amygdala, which can help you focus on a more positive life experience.

Think of calm ways to destress. Coloring might be one way

Adult Coloring Encourages Mindfulness

It takes a great deal of time and effort to color a page in a book made for adults. It takes precision and careful thought, which can help you manifest mindfulness. It’s a great way to help you focus. When you learn to focus and be genuinely present in the moment, you learn to be more mindful. Mindfulness helps you in other areas of your life, such as finding enjoyment in the simple things. What you might not know you can focus on your mindfulness while you color, and you can sharpen the tools you use to practice being more present in life.

Adult Coloring Relieves Stress

Stress isn’t always negative. Many forms of stress are actually quite helpful in that they help you focus on things that need your attention. This is called positive stress that motivates you to work harder and more efficiently. When stress is overwhelming, however, it’s negative. This kind of negative stress occurs when you focus on things you can’t change in life no matter how hard you think about them or focus on them. It stems from worry, which is a wasted emotion.

Adult coloring books take your mind off the things you fear or worry about, and it helps you focus on the here and now. It’s much like mindfulness only it allows you to feel calmer and less stressed. You might even walk away from your coloring pages with a renewed sense of energy and a newfound sense of peace thanks to the stress relief.

Adult coloring books are an excellent way to improve mental health. You needn’t suffer from health issues to use these books to help you improve your life, either. Even if you aren’t anxious or too stressed, you can benefit from adult coloring. It’s designed to remind you of the simple pleasures life has to offer.

How do you start coloring? You can purchase coloring books at the local 99 cent store. Look for ones that look interesting to you. Michaels has larger coloring books for sale. There are also coloring pages online about all sorts of topics. Just type in your topic and add the words “coloring pages”.

Coloring page example of a butterfly.

It does not take much get started. Print a page off the computer. Buy or gather together your crayons, colored pencils, or markers. Find a quiet time to let your brain create a colorful picture.

ATC- Art Trading Cards

Recently I got into Artist Trading Cards. These are 3.5 inch by 2.5 inch cards with art on them. I trade them with other artists online. I love getting snail mail and trading gets me some mail. It’s fun to see what I can create.

I hope you enjoy some of my art.

7 Points to Remember When Setting Goals

Here are some things that you should keep in mind when you are setting your goals.

Use goals to achieve your purpose.

What purpose will this goal achieve? Do you really want that result? Will it help you in some way? This is a very important point to consider. Oftentimes, we set goals without thinking about its importance in our life. We need to set priorities about the things we want out of life when we are setting goals. It is only when the goal is practical and purposeful will we stay motivated to achieve it.

Whose help can you enlist? For most goals we set, we need a collective effort to fulfill them. That is the reason we should be clear in our minds about the people who can help us to achieve our goals.

What constraints and difficulties will you have when you are setting your goal? Your goal achievement is not going to be a simple process. You will have to exert yourself to some extent. You will have to do things that you won’t ordinarily do. But, it really helps if you know beforehand what kinds of difficulties you might have when you are trying to achieve your goals. Think about these difficulties and how you will surmount them.

To raise red roses takes a plan. Plan your goals for your life.

Of all the constraints, you will find that there is one constraint, which you can term as the primary constraint. In most cases, this primary constraint is money. It could be something else for you, like a mindset that you have developed and you need to fight with in order to reach towards your goal. Analyze this primary constraint.

Make your plans to fight this primary constraint. You need to move on ahead, and overcoming this chief difficulty is going to take you several notches ahead towards fulfilling your goals. So, focus your energies on this one primary constraint and the remainder of your path will smoothen itself out.

Enjoy the process. You have to always stay motivated and inspired. Read self-help books that can help you. Do things that you like to do, even as you are inching towards your goals. Do not forget your family and friends. Love yourself too. Treat yourself in the way you like, or your body is going to rebel against you and you will find goal accomplishment difficult.

Look forward to the results. You should always want your goals to be fulfilled so bad that you can almost taste it. You want to make it happen. It is only when you are so relentless about it can you make a good deal out of your goal setting and, thus, your life.

Reap the results.

These are the things you have to keep in mind about your goal setting. Try them out and you will find that things always work for you.

How to be Decisive and Take Action

Modern Day Warrior

You may wonder why there is any need for you to become a modern-day warrior and adopt a warrior mindset. What is wrong with just relaxing and enjoying life?

Well, while there is nothing wrong with relaxing per-say and while we all need to relax and lighten up from time to time, there are many scenarios where our soft and domesticated nature lets us down.

Take any situation that needs a quick and decisive decision. Few of us are forced to make important life or death situations anymore and that’s why so many of us struggle with even the simplest, easiest decisions. We find ourselves paralyzed when forced to choose what to eat. We delay important decisions in the workplace to the detriment of our careers – often resulting in lots of money lost. We stay in relationships and jobs we aren’t happy in and we often end up losing the respect of those around us, simply because we’re unable to make up our minds and act decisively.

This is a perfect example of a situation where it would be highly beneficial to have a tougher, more warrior-like mindset. Here’s how you can go about cultivating it.

Use what you know to make decisions.

Why Do You Delay?

In order to help you make decisions faster and more effectively, it’s time to think about what might be causing you to delay in the first place.

For many of us, the answer to that question has something to do with fear: fear of getting the decision wrong.

In some cases this is obvious: we might be fearful to decide which stock to invest in or which job offer to take because we don’t want to face the consequences of getting it wrong: of being stuck in a job we hate and/or losing huge amounts of money.

But many of us also struggle to make decisions about smaller things. Like what to have for dinner! Perhaps your wife or husband asked what you want and you say ‘I don’t know’.

Their response: ‘just make a decision!’

Your answer: ‘why don’t you make a decision?’

Sound familiar?

The problem here is likely that you don’t want to be responsible for getting it wrong and upsetting your partner. If you make the wrong choice and they don’t like dinner, then it might put them in a bad mood.

Likewise, you might genuinely want to be polite and give them the choice.

How to Make Decisions Quickly and be More Commanding

So how do you overcome this weakness and start making decisions more quickly?

The answer is simple: you learn to face the consequences and take responsibility.

This means you can offer for the other person to make a decision once and then make your mind up. Accept that sometimes you’ll get it wrong. Accept that they might indeed be in a bad mood. But don’t delay further: just take the consequences.

The same goes for choosing a job, choosing a project, opting to end a relationship…

Simply and quickly run through the likely outcomes of each decision. One is bad, one is worse. Stop worrying about getting it wrong and just tell yourself that you will deal with that scenario if it comes to pass.

Think about Things Differently.

How to Develop Situational Awareness

Anyone who has seen the Bourne Identity might be interested in the notion of situational awareness. There’s a scene toward the beginning of that film where Jason Bourne is trying to work out his identity. He’s alarmed at the way his own mind has been trained to work and explains that within minutes of walking into a diner, he has assessed the weight and strength of other patrons, memorized the car number plates of the cars parked outside, identified the exits and even noticed that the bartender is left-handed.

Jason Bourne stays aware of his environment.

This kind of training really does exist among intelligence officers and military personnel. It’s called ‘situational awareness’ and it essentially involves being able to quickly and easily identify key facts about your surroundings.

Situational awareness is important for everyone though and certainly for those interested in cultivating a warrior mindset. Situational awareness allows us to identify potential threats faster so that we can avoid or neutralize them. It allows us to move quickly and efficiently when the situation calls for it and ultimately it lets us keep ourselves and others safer.

Problem is, most of us have our mind on other things: things like our office, Angry Birds, debt, relationships and the girl at the office with the short skirt.

How do we get our mind back in the game and start paying attention to the things that matter to us and to those we care about?

Be aware of mind games people play around you and with you.

The OODA Loop

In the excellent Art of Manliness article, writer Brett McKay describes a method used by Air Force fighter pilot/military strategist John Boyd. OODA is a four step process that tells us to:

Observe

Orient

Decide

Act

First then, you must observe. This means that you mustn’t completely relax and kick your feet up. In neuroscience terms, you mustn’t let your ‘default mode network’ kick in (essentially, you must keep your mind on what’s happening). You should be relaxed yes, but also alert.

Position yourself in any room in such a position that you can see the maximum number of people and avoid letting people get the jump on you. A good example would be the corner of a room with your back to the wall. Remain near an exit where possible.

The next step is to orient, which in this context means looking for specific things. Establish a ‘baseline’ by thinking about the normal behaviour and conditions for a certain area. Look out for examples of deviation from this norm. Does someone look uncomfortable? Is someone inappropriately dressed? Is there a noise that shouldn’t be there?

Next decide whether or not to act and how to act. Have a plan of action and do not hesitate. Trust your instinct at this stage and if in doubt, practice caution. Someone acting suspiciously or potentially violently? Try moving away from them, or alerting them to security. Find an area has an unusual vibe? Then get your family out of there.

Practicing these tips could one day save your life and at the very least, they will help you to adopt a warrior mentality that will be felt by those around you.

As a Warrior in life, have an action plan.

Dialysis Isn’t Just Treatment Times

Dialysis is not just going to treatment for a certain set of hours.

It is dealing with doctors and nurses.

It is changing your diet.

It is fluid restriction.

It is aches and pains in your body.

It is getting ready to go to dialysis treatments and getting ready to leave those treatments.

It’s staying for your entire time and not losing your mind.

Dialysis is a mindset.

Dialysis is access surgeries and problems.

.Dialysis is lonely if you do not have a community to relate to or a family who backs you.

Dialysis means lifestyle changes.

Dialysis is a set of six doctors who see you regularly, not including the dialysis center team.

Dialysis is needles, large ones.

Dialysis is having a team that works with you, hounds you, and even yells at you over things.

You can choose to live to dialyze or choose to dialyze to live.