There are times in life when distractions can be healthy. Healthy distractions are those that occupy the mind, engage the mind, focus the mind, in ways that are at the very least not harmful, and at the best, restorative. A healthy distraction can lead the mind away from anxious or depressing thoughts. A healthy distraction can be quite effective in de-escalating a child’s tantrum, or an adult’s tirade. A healthy distraction can point the mind towards something else, something less disturbing or irritating, as a respite, a reprieve from difficult challenging tasks. Such a respite can be restorative and the task at hand when again approached met with more revived vitality.
There are many ways to provide healthy distractions. One such distraction which can be initiated on one’s own or by prompting from somebody else is, as simplistic as it might seem, mandala shaped coloring books. Based on symmetrical geometric design of fundamental shapes, mandala coloring books promote balance. The use of color, as therapy, is accepted because color has a significant influence on mood.
As a distraction, mandala coloring is like giving a child some fruit rather than a candy bar when they want something to do. Mandala coloring can be a wonderful addition to the tool box of resources available for parents and teachers. Generally geared for late childhood and early adolescence, mandala coloring can be a healthy distraction for adults as well. There are many mandala coloring books on the market, click the images below and be taken to one of them: