If you’re looking for a way to give yourself a little break, and also improve your problem-solving skills and become more creative—all in one fell swoop—we’ve got just the thing.
Paint by numbers might not seem like it’s all that different than any other kind of art project, but studies have shown that it can have a positive effect on your mind and body.
That’s because paint by numbers is both creative and relaxing. And those two qualities can be hard to find in the same activity.
It turns out, though, that when you’re focused on filling in those limited spaces with the right colors, you’re also giving your brain time to relax and unwind. You’re using different parts of your brain than you would if you were watching TV or reading a book, which means that your brain gets some much-needed rest from thoughts about work or school or whatever else has been adding stress to your day.
Not only that, but engaging in activities like painting (and other arts and crafts) stimulates the production of dopamine—a neurotransmitter that helps your brain regulate mood and focus. So not only will you feel better during the activity itself, but it will help you feel better overall!
If you’re looking to try it yourself, give KateAndSon.com a try for your next Paint by Numbers.