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What better time to get your creative juices flowing than the present? Whether you’re cooped up at home with the family or an adult living with a partner (or alone), there are artsy activities that all of us can turn to right now for both distraction and stress relief.

Coloring

Ah, the age-old classic. Most of us were plopped in front of a coloring book (or restaurant menu) at some point in our childhood, and for good reason. According to Beaumont Health, a nonprofit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare in southeastern Michigan, coloring is an effective form of stress relief.

“Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala,” said an article on the Beaumont Health website. “It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work.”

The article went on to say that because it’s been scientifically proven that people get a better night’s sleep when they avoid electronic use around bedtime, coloring is an ideal pre-bed activity that won’t disturb your level of melatonin.

Children’s coloring books can often be found at grocery stores and pharmacies, but there are several printable options that won’t require you to…

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