Major universities are using coloring books to help stressed students
By Sean Dowling, Buzz60
College can be super stressful -- trying to make new friends, figuring out which major to declare and not to mention all the exams.
American University knows that and they're trying to help calm down their students.
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Instead of using stress balls and yoga classes, they are teaching these new adults how to get in touch with their inner child.
In honor of Healthy Campus Week, American University provided coloring sheets and crayons for students in an effort to help them unwind.
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The University notes on its Facebook page, "Adult coloring books can help with a number of emotional and mental health issues."
American University is following in the footsteps of several other colleges who have done the same. The University of Wyoming has an Art-Well program designed to "color your stress away". Another school partaking in the wellness exercise is the University of Missouri, Mizzou.
Health experts suggest that adult coloring books are a great way to decrease stress and anxiety, as well as promote overall wellness, but some people are skeptical, writing, "These are being handed out in the student union today. Mizzou's transformation into an adult daycare begins."