In the process of painting you focus your attention on a subject that is at your fingertips. If you do it with enough concentration, it will ignore the extraneous noise, unpleasant thoughts and worries. This is a very useful skill that will be useful in situations where you need to briefly forget about your physical or emotional pain.
Coloring also takes us back to a time when everything was easier. You agree that such activity would seem more suitable for kids than for adults. In fact, painting is associated by most people with the period when they did not have much to do, and carelessness was more than enough. In order to take a little dip into childhood and clear the emotional background, coloring is an ideal option. It seems to take us out of the current stress state and allows forgetting about everything for a few hours.