Colours are all around us, whether we notice their presence or not, they affect us in a profound way. Colour is basically a component of light which is separated when it is reflected off an object and perceived by eyes. Effectively colours are the light energy molecules. Colours have always been known to affect behavior in different ways. Some have a calming effect while other energize and stimulate.
The power of colors can be used as therapy that can help in soothing and energizing, as they strongly affect the mind and the body. It can be incorporated in our daily life, as well as its focused use via art activities can be encouraged.
10 ways to use color therapy to improve your life
Here are 10 ways you can use color to shape your habits, the impression you give off, and how your spaces feel.
- WHEN YOU NEED TO REMEMBER SOMETHING
Try to get yellow into the mix. Some research has suggested it may improve memorization.
- WHEN YOU WANT SOME SPACE TO RELAX
Get some green into the mix. Because of its connection to nature and the environment, it’s typically associated with relaxation and comfort.
- WHEN YOU WANT TO FEEL CONFIDENT
Try a mix of red and black. Both are associated with confidence. If you’re going up in front of a room full of people, black can help you appear more authoritative and possibly sophisticated.
- WHEN YOU NEED TO BE CREATIVE
Go blue. A 2009 study found that people exposed to blue were better able to explore their creative sides. Use blue in your art, crafting, or writing room, or slap on a blue piece of jewelry for a creative boost on the go.
- IF YOU WANT TO FEEL ENERGETIC AND HAPPY
Combine orange and yellow in your wardrobe. Not only will you feel sunnier, but you’ll project that image onto others, potentially helping to lift their mood.
- WHEN YOU NEED TO BE CALM
Going into a stressful situation? Try a combination of pastel green and blue colors. These work well in rooms in the home where you want to relax after a stressful day at work, or somewhere within eyesight when you have to confront a stressful situation. Green is particularly helpful for promoting calm in health-oriented spaces, like hospitals, clinics, and counseling offices.
- WHEN YOU WANT TO BE ROMANTIC
Add a little pink to your table decorations, your wardrobe, your jewelry, or your bedroom. Pink is the color of romance, and also tends to be calming and soothing.
- IF YOU WANT TO LOOK SMART
Going for an interview, or trying to impress someone with your brainpower? Go for blue. It’s a soothing color, but also aids concentration and is perceived as conveying intelligence.
- WHEN YOU NEED TO FOCUS
If you work at home or have your own office, you may want to be sure you have blue in the décor. It not only calms and stimulates creativity, but it can encourage focus, helping to limit distractions so you can get your work done.
- WHEN YOU NEED TO CONNECT WITH YOUR INTUITION
It’s time to incorporate purple into your life. Purple helps us get in touch with our intuition, and is also the color associated with dream activity and psychic powers. If your logical mind is running the show and it’s not going so well, get closer to your gut feelings by exposing yourself to more purple.