Coloring Books: A New Way of Treating Stress in Teens

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Coloring Books: A New Way of Treating Stress in Teens

There’s a new fad going around and it’s something usually only children use: coloring books. That’s right. New research has been coming out about the benefits of taking some time out of your day to sit down and color–no matter the age. For older kids and adults, coloring has a stress-relieving effect. Many professionals are thinking this could be a new way to treat stress in teens. CNN recently published an article discussing the benefits for young and old people alike.

stress in teensHow coloring can combat stress in teens

Teens face a large amount of stress in daily life. Not only do they have to worry about college, but they have to worry about tons of exams, friends, family, after-school activities, and more. It may not sound like a lot to an adult, but remember: adults have developed their coping mechanisms for stress–we know how to handle it. Teens don’t.

Teens rarely have a moment of calmness. A moment where they can focus on something relaxing. Even if your teen frequently plays video games, even though he or she enjoys it, they’re not getting time to actually relax their brain. Coloring books allow this time. You’ve probably heard of all the research coming out about mindfulness–this is a time where a teen can be mindful. They can focus on the moment instead of worrying about the test tomorrow or how they’re going to do in soccer practice.

Not only is it a time for them to calm down, but it actually combats stress in teens. Less than an hour of coloring had a cortisol-lowering effect on individuals in one study. The researchers in the study now what to expand their study because the results were so promising.

Seeking treatment

While coloring books seem to be a promising new way to help handle and process stress, sometimes it’s more than one family can take. Stress in teens can’t always be handled–but there are options for your family. If you believe your child may be struggling with high levels of stress or even anxiety, it’s extremely important to reach out to a professional for further guidance on what to do next.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center handles stress in teens, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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