FORT LEE, N.J. -- Coloring for adults is being offered by the Fort Lee Library on Wednesday, May 25.
"Stay in the Lines: Coloring For Adults Only" will be a series of summer coloring programs for adults only.
There will be music, tea, conversation or silence as participants explore the world of intricate adult coloring.
Tea and materials will be supplied by the library.
The session starts at 7 p.m.
Future sessions will be on June 15, June 29, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, and Aug. 17.
Admission is free.
Despite the fact that coloring and art therapy aren't quite the same thing, coloring does offer mental benefits.
"Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring more mindfulness," says Berberian, Assistant Professor for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU.
Research in 2005 proved anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside.
Just like meditation, coloring also allows people to switch off their brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren't comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art.
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