The Benefits of Adult Coloring – Why Do It?

The Benefits of Adult Coloring – Why Do It?

I purchased my first Adult Coloring Book a few years ago.  At this present time, I have a variety of coloring books, markers, and pencils. I have received coloring book as gifts and I have given coloring books as gifts as well.  I take coloring books on camping trips and weekend getaways.  Coloring for me is a way to relax and let go.

On one camping trip, my friends and I spent hours coloring inside my camper while the rain came pouring down.  We shared our life challenges and our life aspirations.  It was a great way to reconnect with each other.  We each had different coloring styles which made each page unique and different.

Be gentle with yourself, you can’t fail at self-care. ~ Dr. Samantha, Naturopathic Physician

Benefits of Adult Coloring

  1. Coloring is considered therapeutic to reduce anxiety, relieve stress and alters bad moods.
  2. Coloring is similar to meditating.  It increases focus and shifts our thoughts to the present moment.
  3. Coloring applies both hemispheres of the brain, the right and left, simulating the brain responsible for creativity and logic.  From what I have read some physicians recommend coloring for their Alzheimer and Dementia patients.
  4. Coloring replaces negative thinking as a distraction.
  5. Coloring five minutes before bedtime has been reported to help some people sleep better because of its calming effects.
  6. Social group coloring evaluates relaxation and the joy of spending time with others.
  7. When coloring we are unplugged from technology, which engages in self-care “me time”.
  8. Coloring creates boundaries by staying in the lines and evokes metaphorical boundaries in our personal lives.

 

There is even a National Coloring Day which is August 2nd.  Adult coloring is good for the soul.  How about taking a few minutes each day before going to bed to color and see if it changes your perspective on life. 🙂 ~ Patti

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Day 2 – Get Inspired!

 

What is inspiring to me?  A beautiful hike along a creek.

What made you feel inspired today?

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Arizona Hiking

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year with the cooler temperatures.  Cooler weather for me means it is hiking season.  Hiking is a great way to relieve stress.  I enjoy hiking in Arizona because it is so diverse in vegetation and elevations.  You can hike throughout the year depending on where you go within the state.  Let me tell you a little bit about hiking and the benefits of getting outdoors in nature.

Hiking on 2-18-13 with Patrick 043

Hiking Etiquette:

  1.  Follow and stay on the trails.  The paths are designed to preserve the natural vegetation, keep the area beautiful and for hikers to know their way.
  2. Keep to the right on the path so other hikers can pass.
  3. Pass on the left and announce yourself with “hello”.  When passing stay on the path.  Bikers yield to Hikers.  Hikers and Bikers yield to Horses.  When in a hiking group hike single file.
  4.  Hikers going uphill are given the right away over hikers going downhill.
  5. Pack in and pack out.  Carry your litter out.  Bring a plastic bag to carry your litter inside your back pack.

What to take on a day hike:

  1. Back pack
  2. Bring plenty of bottle water or hydration pack filled with water
  3. Small first-aid kit
  4. Small bottle of sun screen
  5. Small packages of snacks and lunch items
  6. Thin lite weight Pancho in case it rains
  7. A charged cell phone and a compass.  Most smart phones have a compass.
  8. Small flashlight and extra batteries
  9. Small survival knife
  10. Small hand sanitizer
  11.  Matches or lighter
  12. Map of the trail

What to wear:

  1.  Hiking boots
  2. Thick socks
  3. Layered clothes depending on the weather and climate changes
  4. Sun glasses
  5. Hat

Plan your hiking route ahead of time and always tell someone else, where you are going in case of a emergency.  It is a good idea to hike with a partner for safety reasons.

Small Steps

Here is a list of some of my favorite places for a day hike:

Hiking at Butcher Jones 11-12 013

The benefits of taking a hike:

Hiking gets your blood pumping, the body moving and being outdoors with nature has a calming influence on the mind and spirit.

Take away:

Hiking outdoors has lots of benefits.  Beautiful locations, the sceneries, fresh air, wildlife, birds chirping, and water rushing.  It is relaxing and calms the soul.  Gives you time to enjoy what is around you and forget about everything else.  On each trail, path and hike you see the beauty and feel at peace.  In today’s world we all need to see the beauty around us, have some calm peaceful moments and spend more time appreciating nature as well as each other.  Just think, what a difference life would be if we each took a little more time enjoying what wonders are around us and go for a hike!

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Daily Forgiveness Practices

Forgiveness

A few weeks ago I wrote about life changing subjects to consider incorporating into ourselves this year in the blog post It is a New Year.  The fifth key action step is working on daily forgiveness practices and forgiving yourself and others.

This is a difficult topic even for me.  I have my own battles with forgiveness.  It is not easy and I continue to keep working on it daily.  There are some relationships that may not ever be where I want them to be and forgiveness is a work in progress.  It is important to continue being positive and forgiveness will follow.  Like the old saying goes “Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.” ~ John Lockwood Huie

How do we forgive when someone has hurt us deeply and we comprehend that they will probably not ever apologize?  They may think what they said or did was justified.  They may think they did nothing wrong.  They may think they have every right to behave in that way.  They may be too selfish or self-centered to even realize they hurt you.  Or they may have the attitude, just don’t care and going to say whatever they feel without any regards to others feelings.  They may have the philosophy “Life is short, so say what you feel” and use it as an excuse to say hurtful things.

Forgiveness maybe even harder, when it is a family member.  The holidays and family special occasions are more difficult when these circumstances are in the mix.  These gatherings don’t feel joyful, it feels more like sadness, anger, anxiety and overwhelm.  Sometimes family members take sides and the hurt keeps hurting.  There may be rude intentional remarks towards you or other family members.  Conversations move toward your past mistakes instead of encouraging you or a happy to see you.  So how do we move past these situations and be able to forgive?

Okay, now let’s talk about some strategies to help deal with moving forward and not letting these occasions open up those old feelings of pain, anger, anxiety or an emotional breakdown and turn them into happy memorable times.

  • Listen to happy, soothing, spiritual or religious music when feelings of unforgiveness starts to surface within you.
  • Think happy thoughts and find something fun to do.  A hobby, an art project, a sport activity, go for a walk or run.
  • Practice mediation and/or pray of “Letting Go”.
  • Use positive affirmations daily as well as before, during and after family gatherings.
  • Imagine yourself having a great time at the gathering and you have changed your perception of the unforgiven person as if they are someone you truly liked being around and admire.
  • Watch your reactions and triggers when you assume other peoples motives.  Become aware of those negative thoughts and/or assumptions, push them away with positive thinking. When there is continual negative thoughts and/or assumptions this will keep you stuck in the past.  Thinking with positive thoughts and action steps is a great way towards forgiveness.
  • When faced in a situation with the person who engages in being rude and demeaning towards you, calmly excuse yourself from the conversation, walk away and find someone who you like being around to uplift your spirits.  Smile and laugh with them to ease  the tension or apprehension you may be feeling.
  • After the occasion think about only all the good conversations you experienced and any special things that happened.  Journal about all these good things that happened and reflect on only them.

Being angry and unforgiving only hurts you.  Let go of the unforgiveness inside you and move towards experiencing peace, love, joy and true happiness in life. ~ Patti

Another saying:  “I believe that life is short, and there is too much time wasted bearing grudges, and I like to move on”. ~ Sam Taylor-Johnson

Self-Reflection Question:

What action steps will you do to achieve forgiveness in your life?

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Muddy Waters

This summer I was sitting by the river watching it flow.  The river was very muddy from the day before rain.  The thought came to me.  We are like a river at times. Sometimes we are crystal clear, on the right path and other times we are just plain muddy.  In the times of a muddy river we make mistakes, mishaps, miss the path, and even lose relationships.  We get down in the mud and get stuck.   The mud seems to be pulling down hard.  We all get immovable at times and can’t seem to step out of the same old misery.  Sometimes we are so deep we can’t see a way out.  Other times we are on the edge of the mud and are slipping just hanging on by a slimy rock.  Sometimes our feet are just sinking very slowly but we can help ourselves by reaching for a limb.

If you are stuck in that muddy river why not ask for assistance and have the life you really want.  Peace, joy, happiness and love.  It is never too late to climb out of the muddy river.  There is a limb (a coach) wanting to pull you out just reach for it.  The limb is waiting for you with open branches.  Take a chance it is worth the adventure.    ~ Patti

Questions:  What flowing river are you?  Where do you want to be?

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Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. ~ Emerson

I am getting ready to go on my annual camping trip with friends.  This is my time to connect with nature and relax.  I look forward to this trip every year.  There is no internet and no phone service.  Just peace and quiet.  The outdoors has a way of bringing things to a new perspective.  I use this time to journal, write ideas, read, relax, hike, self reflection, wading in the river, sitting by the camp fire and watching the flames dance, and appreciate the sunrises and sunsets.  The simple things in life that are so precious we don’t take time to enjoy in our daily lives.

This quote “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience” by Emerson is a good reminder of taking time out and enjoying the outdoors as well as having patience.  Good things take time and are worth the wait.  Be patient it will happen at the right time and right moment, if it is meant to be.  Sometimes the things we wish for are not right for us and we learn that later and realize it was a good thing I didn’t get that promotion, job, relationship, friendship, loan, car, house, and etc…….

Patience is hard but is a key to success and happiness.  Keep striving and working towards your goals all the hard work is worth it!  ~ Patti 🙂

 

Questions:
What was something you wished for and later realized you are so glad you didn’t get it?

What was something you waited for patiently, it came true and was worth the wait?

What makes waiting so hard for you?

Please feel free to share your thoughts and answers to the questions in leave a reply below.

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HAPPINESS is not in our circumstance, but in Ourselves! ~ John B. Sheerin

 

Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves.  It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire.  Happiness is something we are. ~ John B. Sheerin

I saw this quote today and thought WOW, I know when I see a beautiful sunset or rainbow it brings a smile to my face and joy.  So what is happiness?  A while back I wrote a blog post called What is HAPPINESS?   The blog post discussed the poll results from What are the ingredients of happiness?  at that point in time the poll results were Joy, Love and Peace.  At this moment of writing the poll results have changed to “Joy” being number one and “Love” number two.

The definition of “Happiness” according to Merriam -Webster’s Dictionary is the following:

: the state of being happy, well-being, contentment and joy

: an experience that makes you happy, pleasurable or a satisfying experience

good fortune

The quote above  by John B. Sheerin stating “happiness is in ourselves” I agree with that phrase and believe true happiness does comes from within.  The last part of the quote “happiness is something we are”, I’m not totally sure about this statement.  I would love for this part of the quote to be everyone however there are many people who are not happy within.   As a certified professional coach I work with clients to pursue happiness in all aspects of life.  Many of my happy moments were camping at the lake!

What are your happy moments?

More questions to ponder:
  • What are your thoughts about this quote?
  • Do you think happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves?
  • Do you feel happiness is something we are?
Share your thoughts and answers to the questions in leave a reply below. ~Patti 🙂
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