Color is everywhere and has many functions. In nature, animals and plants use color for camouflage and to facilitate mating. Humans decorate and dress with color for expression. Color preference has a psychological affect on mood and affects people on a subconscious level.
Color and Wellness
Encouraging mental wellness through the use of color is a very old practice that exists in many cultures. Practitioners of Feng Shui, acupuncture and other adjustments for better living introduce various colors in the form of gemstones, colored fabric, candles, and prisms.
If you've ever chosen clothing of a specific color based on your mood (perhaps you chose black clothing when you felt down, or bright yellow when you were feeling energetic) then you've practiced colorology, also known as chromotherapy. Chromotherapy is actually an alternative medicine that uses color and light to balance a person's energy where it is lacking – mental, emotional, physical or spiritual.
Color for Stress Management
Different colors produce different psychological, emotional, and physical effects. Some colors are calming and can help you relax and release your worries; some colors are stimulating. Surrounding yourself with the right colors can be an excellent stress management tool. If you are suffering from stress, consider changing the colors in your environment.
The Effects of Different Colors
The color chart below outlines the different effects of different colors. Wearing the colors or decorating with them is a great way to harness their specific benefits.
Red is not the color to use for stress management. It is an exciting and stimulating color, usually associated with passion and vigor. Use this color when you need to lift yourself out of an emotional slump.
Pink is soft and tranquil. Its peacefulness promotes a better balance of energy.
Like red, orange is not calming but, rather, stimulating and intense. It can help invigorate you when you are feeling down.
Yellow is sunny and cheerful but softer than red or orange. It's a great color to lift your spirits and combat stress.
Green is restful and quiet. It's a soothing color that invites harmonious feelings that diffuse anxiety.
Blue is tranquil and peaceful. It has a tremendous stress management quality that encourages calmness. Personally, I've found that dark blue has the most calming effect. If you're stressed, or anticipating stress, try wearing dark blue.
Violet represents strength, peace and wisdom. It can encourage feelings of inner peace when worn. Decorating with violet can give your space a peaceful feeling that relieves stress.
White is symbolic of clarity and freshness. However, it needs to be a clean, bright white. Dingy or dull white can cause your emotions to be dull.
Black exudes power and elegance that is strong but can be overpowering at times. Conversely, it can also represent submission. It's a color that can impact your world either way; be mindful when decorating with or wearing black.
How do you use color to influence your mood? Do you find color therapy beneficial for stress management? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.