Getting good stress through coloring

Getting good stress through coloring

Normally done in a group setting, mental health expert Rwenshaun Miller will host an edition of adult coloring online because of the stay-at-home order in place across the country.

“Stress levels can be high right now, so what better way to make your mental health a priority during quarantine than with coloring,” Miller said.

“We’re going to introduce some good stress.”

Coloring isn’t just for kids, and research shows coloring offers plenty of mental benefits and has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety and create focus.

“A lot of times, we don’t enjoy the pleasure that we had as a kid when we become an adult,” said Rwenshaun Miller, founder of Eustress Inc. “Coloring is a simple way that you can introduce self-care into your daily routine.”

Miller said that just like meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other feelings and concentrate only on the moment, helping to lessen anxiety.

However, adult coloring has been shown to influence more than anxiety and can significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms.

Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Miller will host “Eustress In Color: Virtual Adult Coloring Night.” During the event, he will offer additional critical mental health resources. Live music will be provided by DJ NiteCrawler.

“Bring your coloring books, crayons, markers and coloring sheets,” he said. “Most importantly, we want this to be an opportunity for everybody to have fun and create a sense of community.”

Miller is a successful entrepreneur who earned a master's degree in counseling, founded a nonprofit, Eustress Inc. and has authored a book.

Eustress Inc. was born out of his desire to bring awareness to the importance of acknowledging, improving and preserving mental health.

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