Schmitz’ work in non-invasive stress-relief activities show how veterans are turning to coloring books to relieve PTSD, relax and regain a sense of control over pressing issues in everyday life.
“It’s alarming, really. Our veterans are dumped into daily life after active duty and society really isn’t equipped to help them re-integrate into the daily grind. After mastering life on duty under strenuous circumstances – they are more stable and capable than most of us. And yet, they are left alone to pick up the pieces in making sense of various challenges experienced while serving the country. All the workforce cares about is “functioning” employees,” says Schmitz. “Coupled with the normal stresses of family, career and financial concerns, veterans today are facing major stress factors coming at them 24/7. That requires a cool head and the ability to discern between important and urgent. With the military infrastructure and support systems gone, this can turn into a silent struggle and make PTSD even worse. That’s why the average veteran must think differently when it comes to developing coping strategies to relieve the burden of PTSD.”
“Although there’s a difference between coloring and being guided by a therapist,” Erin Maynard, media liaison of PTSD Survivors of America said, “the activity helps regulate stress.”
Coloring is especially useful to those who have PTSD, Maynard notes, since their amygdala — the brain’s integrated center of emotions, emotional behavior, and motivation — is hyperactive.
“The problem with that is that it’s the part of the brain that controls the fear response. PTSD is a disorder of memory storage and recall, and you fixate on these terrifying memories and they become ever present for you,” according to Maynard.
The Malagasy proverb “Idleness moves so slowly that it will be overtaken by misery” paints a strong picture especially when dealing with PTSD. But over-stimulation is not the answer. The relief found by shifting your focus to coloring brings the perfect balance, explains Schmitz. She agrees with Maynard, “Coloring actually reduces the activity of the amygdala, so that’s part of the reason that it helps calm you down.”
An event Schmitz created on Facebook, the Grown Up Coloring Book D-Day Bonanza, is designed to aid PTSD sufferers in navigating alternative, safe and proven ways to reduce stress and avoid aggressive behavior in times of anxiety and insecurity.
Schmitz will be joined by 13 top selling artists who have donated prizes, organized giveaways and offered special, event-only, deals to all who join:
Judging by the sentiments of past participants, Inkovator is poised to help many who are suffering from PTSD, veterans and beyond.
“I loved meeting artists I hadn’t known about and seeing some awesome new books. The contests were fun!,” said Raquel, a participant of Inkovator’s spring Grown-Up Coloring Book Bonanza held in February, 2016.
Another participant commented, “This event was amazing! I got nothing done today but was nice to sit and meet all of you artists and see your beautiful work!! I think there should be more meets like this, not to win anything but to meet the talented artists!! Thank you all for taking time out of your day for us and Andrea thank you for this event today!!! You all rock!!”
“Loved everyone the generosity the excitement xoxoxo thanks for an uplifting day while I’ve been home sick!!!” Cee described her experience of the spring event.
“You would never imagine that something as simple as a crayon could have such a big impact, but when you’re talking about people who are feeling stressed and isolated and scared — it’s just a crayon but it’s kind of like a magic crayon,” admits Maynard after the first nation-wide coloring event hosted by the PTSD Survivors of America.
Schmitz feels she is helping PTSD sufferers find non-destructive ways to deal with aggression, depression and frustration while extending an offer to the broader community and bringing them all together in one fun and free event on Facebook.
The Grown Up Coloring Book D-Day Bonanza event will be held Monday, June 6th from 10 am – 11 pm EDT. To learn more, meet new artists, enter giveaways and have a chance to win prizes dedicated to making adult coloring the stress-reducer of choice, visithttp://inkov.at/d-day-bonanza.
Stress management alternative coloring book authority, Andrea Wood Schmitz, CEO of Inkovator, reveals that women who redirect their anxiety and pressures towards coloring books for grown-ups worry less.
Schmitz’ recent surveys have uncovered how adults around the world are turning to coloring books to relieve stress, relax and regain a sense of control over pressing issues in everyday life.
“Let’s face it. Daily we are bombarded with a flood of bad news, worst case scenarios and downright evil acts in our own communities and beyond,” says Schmitz. “Coupled with the normal stresses of family, career and financial concerns, women today are facing major stress factors coming at them 24-7. That requires a cool head and the ability to discern between important and urgent. That’s why the average woman must think differently when it comes to developing coping strategies to keep the crazies away and maintain a healthy lifestyle balance.”
Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author and radio talk-show host of Happier, spoke about the benefits of coloring in her recent show. “[Adult coloring books are] the kind of thing where, if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or anxious, doing something like coloring takes a little bit of brain and it’s repetitive, soothing and doing something with your hands,” Rubin explained. She went on to emphasize how this tactile activity effectively “keeps your hands busy.”
The saying “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” comes to mind and indeed it is not hard to connect the dots when bringing stress relief and coloring together. The attentive focus on specifics such as color and “keeping between the lines” are more than just child’s play, explains Schmitz. “It’s an opportunity to allow the subconscious to work around the pressing issues women must deal with while keeping their hands busy and out of trouble. At the same time, the body allows tension to fall off. After only ten minutes of coloring, women report feeling refreshed and capable of returning to business as usual.”
An event Schmitz created on Facebook, the Grown-Up Coloring Book Easter Bonanza, is designed to aid women in navigating alternative, safe and proven ways to reduce stress and avoid aggressive behavior in times of anxiety and insecurity. The online community of coloring enthusiasts continues to grow after a strong surge in interest in 2015 with new records expected in 2016.
Schmitz will be joined by the following 10 top selling artists who have donated prizes, organized giveaways and offered special, event-only, deals to all who join: Mary J. Winters-Meyer of ColorOn Magazine, Erica Henry of Coffee and Coloring, J.A. Early Riser & T.J. Crayons of Absur’d, Sue Chastian of SuziQ Creations, Cristin April Frey of Sassy Sayings, Snarky Sarcasms, Saucy Swears, Heidi Berthiaume of Vintage Coloring, Andrea Wood Schmitz of Inkovator, Keren Hawley Threlfall of Awesomesauce Publishing,Jane Monk of Tangled Art Series Coloring In Books, Laura Medeiros of Laura Medeiros Art.
Inkovator is poised to help more women, judging by the sentiments of other past participants.
“You are giving and gracious to do this for the folks who love your art work! Y’all deserve huge hugs for your kind hearts and for providing such a wonderful day,” said Cynthia, a participant of Inkovator’s inaugural Grown-Up Coloring Book Bonanza held in 2015.
Another participant commented, “I have to tell you that for the past eight years since my accident disabled me, I spend most of my days home and don’t do much. Then yesterday morning to evening it was just crazy [during the Bonanza]. I’ve never been home by myself and had so much fun EVER. I personally can never thank you all enough for such a fun filled day yesterday!”
“It was fun and it was moving so fast. The artists had to have worked hard to prepare for this event. It blew me away. It’s a good way for the artist to meet the colorist and visa versa,” Melesa described her experience of the premier event.
By bringing the coloring community closer together, offering artists the chance to connect with fans and giving back to the community of women worldwide, Schmitz feels she is providing concrete strategies to solve problems and de-stress without falling into destructive patterns of aggression.
The Grown Up Coloring Book Easter Bonanza event will be held Friday, March 4th from 10 am – 10 pm EST. To learn more, meet new artists, enter giveaways and have a chance to win prizes dedicated to making adult coloring the stress-reducer of choice, visithttp://inkov.at/easterbonanza.
Company Name: Inkovator
Contact Person: Andrea Wood Schmitz