Consumer Watch: Coloring for mental health wellness

Coloring can be an inexpensive and effective way to relax and practice self-care (KOKH).

The search for self-care could land you in a familiar, but maybe forgotten spot. Self-care can come in many forms, and mental health experts agree, you need to make the time to relax.

Taking care of your mental health by seeking professional care doesn't look the same for everyone. Coloring, could be an inexpensive and beneficial way to find some inner peace.

Through art therapy you can create to heal.

Aimee Rook is a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist. She says art therapy is not just for the creatively inclined, and can mean many different types of art.

“Anyone can really benefit from art therapy. Creative is curative and in many ways we might see that in life through baking or gardening, you know, building something,” says Rook, president of the Oklahoma Art Therapy Association.

Though similar patterns or pictures used in adult coloring books can be a part of art therapy, using the book itself at home is not considered art therapy. Rook says it is still beneficial and a good way for some to practice self-care.

“The benefit of relaxation and through that even self-care to color and to relax to focus and to make choices,” says Rook.

Depending on the size and quality, adult coloring books can range from five dollars to twenty dollars, and Fox 25 Consumer Watch even found one that cost 300 dollars. The free option is to print some free sheets of geometric shapes online.

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