We already know that coloring has many amazing benefits for adults, and now we’ve discovered an even more fun and delicious way to amplify the benefits of coloring… drinking wine while coloring.
Popularized by Painting with a Twist, drinking wine with friends while doing fun and creative activities has several benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Coloring with a Twist combines the creative relaxation of coloring with the health and beauty benefits of drinking red wine. For instance, for women, drinking one glass of red wine a day is a great way to stay younger looking and according to WebMD, along with not smoking, drinking red wine daily is the most important thing you can do for your health.
Our eight favorite benefits of combining these two healthy activities are:
1. Stress less.
Coloring is a meditative activity, as it lets our mind relax while focusing on coloring the picture. Research shows that wine helps us relax as well. Combine the two and you get twice as much relaxation and half as much stress and anxiety, which is good for our minds and bodies. Coloring is like meditation because it encourages one to be in the present moment. We are not worrying about the future or pining over the past. Negative self-talk is nonexistent. Coloring mandalas actually distract us from the stressors of everyday life. Famous psychologist, Carl Jung used to have his patients color mandalas or geometric patterns to get people to focus on something, allowing the subconscious to let go. When your hands are busy, your mind is free to wander and tap into your creativity. Connecting to our creative source is therapeutic for the mind and soul. Check out these mandalas to color and make sure to have a glass of red wine to start winding back the clock.
2. Sleep better at night.
Since red wine (especially cabernet, chianti and merlot varieties) contains melatonin and melatonin stimulates your body clock, drinking red wine before bed helps you sleep better. Melatonin regulates sleep and your circadian rhythms, keeping us active during the day and sleepy at night. And we already know that the relaxation benefits from coloring help us sleep better than spending the evening in front of our cell phones or computer screens.
Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala said that when coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors,” she said. “This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.” When our brain is relaxed, we sleep better, and better sleep means better health!
3. Have more fun!
Coloring is quickly growing in popularity among adults. People rave about the fun they have coloring with friends, and drinking wine with friends has long been a fun social activity. Combining those two fun, social activities is a recipe for a fantastic evening!
Not only is coloring fun to do with friends, it also can be a fun family holiday activity. Of course, for kids under age 21, skip the alcohol. Serve juice or sparkling non-alcoholic wine, and save the wine for the adults. Check out this coloring book, perfect for kids and adults alike and color up some fun!
4. Release your creativity!
Wine paired with coloring is the perfect way to release your inner Rembrandt. There is evidence that pairing alcohol with the creative process boosts imagination and inner consciousness which allows the reasoning, thinking part of the brain, to take a backseat to the more creative, insightful areas of the brain when coloring. Your final coloring piece will end up being more colorful, vibrant, pleasing, and something you can frame, give to a friend, or hang on your refrigerator!
5. Be more social.
Coloring clubs, events, and parties are taking place all around the world. Coloring – a solitary activity by nature – done in the company of like-minded souls becomes a community-building practice and a place to drink wine with other friendly adults.
Just like drinking alone isn’t always as fun (or socially acceptable), coloring and drinking wine is more fun with friends. Fortunately, it’s fairly straightforward to organize and host a wine and coloring party. Less messy than painting with a twist, requiring less costly tools and easy to do in any setting, coloring with a twist is a great way to bring together your friends while having a blast and doing good for your mind and body.
Take your coloring on the road and go to your local park or down by the river for your coloring fiesta. If you want to host your own wine and coloring event, check out these tips from Cleverpedia. From cups for colored pencils to photos and music, Cleverpedia has creative ideas for your successful get-together.
6. Bring back your inner child.
Going back in time and indulging in one of your favorite childhood activities is bound to reawaken those days of youth and innocence before mortgages, deadlines, and bosses made life complicated. Of course, as a child there was no wine to enhance the coloring experience, so enjoy the bonus of a glass of wine to help temporarily escape those adult responsibilities even more.
7. Make unique gifts for family and friends.
While socializing, reducing stress, turning back the clock, and having fun drinking wine and coloring, there’s the added benefit of also creating unique, colorful and creative gifts for family and friends. Parents love the gift of artwork from their children so maybe it’s time to turn the tables and give our (older children) and parents gifts of framed pictures that were colored by their favorite family member. Hopefully, the gift will be hanging on the wall at the next visit.
8. Get healthy mentally and physically.
Coloring is good for the mind and wine is good for the body. The heart and lungs benefit from drinking wine. It also lowers the risk of cataracts, diabetes, and cancer, makes bones stronger, and increases brain function. Living longer with healthier skin and less tooth decay are more of the health benefits of drinking red wine. So drink up and make sure to have your coloring book handy.
With all these reasons to color and drink wine, what are you waiting for? Go grab your favorite bottle of wine, a few friends, your coloring book and freshly sharpened pencils and get coloring!