Use of Mandalas to benefit therapeutically
Mandalas of all sorts of colors, designs, and sizes are equally intriguing to look at. At first glance, mandalas have a hypothesizing effect on our minds, especially when they are created with precision and by using symmetrical patterns.
The center of the mandalas strongly stands out among the backdrop of designs that make the mandala more beautiful. The design itself seems to be pulling you deeper inside. You must have seen a mandala. If you haven’t already, just take a look here to experience what I mean.
You don’t need to make mandalas this complex. It can be simpler than this. Mandalas are not only fun to make and soothing to look at but are also healing and nourishing in nature. Making mandalas take a lot of patience, control, and concentration (which is evident from the images).
The gripping effect the mandalas have can be used to look at and meditate.
Coloring a mandala using coloring pencils, sketch pens, crayons, or watercolor (any medium you prefer) not only provides you with the benefits of meditation but also helps you to inculcate creativity in your daily lives. Mandalas are a simple tool that does not require expertise on your part, yet when imparted in your daily routine can be extremely soothing and help reduce your stress and anxiety.
How Mandalas can help reduce stress and anxiety
Have a look at how mandalas can help reduce your stress and anxiety.
1. Mandalas have a refreshing effect on your mind.
As drawing and coloring of the mandalas involve both sides of the brain hence the entire brain is charged up as the neurons are firing instantly and energizing your brain. This reduces the mental stagnation after a psychologically draining day. It relaxes and restores your overworked brain.
2. It helps you reconnect with your inner child.
When we are faced with extremely difficult and stressful situations in our lives as an adult, we often crave the warmth, security, and comfort of our childhood. Coloring the mandalas with your colors like you used to do in childhood, takes you to revisit and retrieve the same feelings of innocence and simplicity as your life was then. This helps release your stress and unwind your day.
3. Sparks creativity.
Mandala coloring books and apps will require you to color them innovatively. You can use a number of permutations and combinations of color schemes to produce the desired effect. This helps you to grind your mind well enough to come up with new pieces of creation. Studies have shown that adults engaged in coloring have a higher chance to rediscover their creative knacks and implement them in their lives.
4. Boosts self-love.
Creativity entails you to be by yourself, alone, away from human interaction, and embrace solitude. When you make mandalas you spend quality time with yourself and this acts as a self-caring act.
5. Over time, it reduces anxiety.
Practicing drawing mandalas on paper or on the app regularly helps you to calm yourself down. It has a soothing and restorative effect on the brain, helping you to reduce pain, boost the immune system and promote good sleep.
Mandalas have almost the same effect as meditation has on the mind. Meditation is known to reduce the secretion of cortisol, the stress hormone in the blood, and hence keep our flight or fight mode off.
Mandalas are gaining momentum in the therapy world and are revealing positive outcomes. There are many mandala apps and coloring books available in different arrays of stores.