PTSD Awareness Month: These color-by-number apps can help you manage stress and anxiety

When was the last time you held or used a coloring book?

Coloring is often considered an activity for children, but it is also something quite useful for adults, especially when it comes to taking care of your mental health. Coloring these days doesn’t mean you have to go buy a coloring book. Thanks to technology, there are coloring apps available for free these days.

June happens to be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and so we’ve listed some free color-by-number apps you can try when you need to take care of your mental health.

How does coloring help people with PTSD?

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Before we get to our list, let’s first talk about how coloring can help people with PTSD.

According to a HuffPost article, coloring “can help people with PTSD, anxiety, and stress immensely because it calms our amygdala.”

If you’re wondering what the amygdala is, it’s actually the part of your brain that keeps you in a state of worry or panic when active. It is also the part of our brain that handles the fight or flight response we have to situations that require such a response.

“Coloring and focusing on this harmless, calming activity may actually reduce this response and let your brain rest and relax,” the HuffPost article adds.

Free color by number apps

If you want to try coloring, here are some color by number apps that you can download and use for free:

ColorPlanet Paint by Number

First on our list is an app called ColorPlanet Paint by Number. This color by number app has categories like Garden Stuff, Buildings, Scenery, Holidays, and Food. If you ever get stuck and need help with a particular image, the app also has a hints feature that can help you out.

A separate app called ColorPlanet Oil Painting Game is available for those who prefer to color pictures that will look like oil paintings when finished, according to an article by MakeUseOf.

ColorPlanet Paint by Number is available for download for iOS and Android devices.

hi color

Hey Color is a color by number app that has a number of categories that you can browse through. Each category contains many options that you can choose from to color.

Available categories include Home & Garden, Patterns, Lifestyle, Fantasy, Transportation, and Messages.

Hey Color is available for download for iOS and Android devices.

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Press Color Pro

Want to take your coloring experience to the next level? According to the MakeUseOf article, Tap Color Pro contains animated images that you can color in addition to the color-by-number images already available. However, it should be noted that animated images require you to watch an advertisement to unlock them.

Festival, Mystery, Interiors, Butterflies, Fashion, and Mosaic are just some of the available categories for you to choose from.

Tap Color Pro is available for download for iOS and Android devices.

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