Colour plays an important part in our world, especially on our mental and emotional well being, different colours can create different emotional responses in our body. This means that we can utilise our responses to colours to boost our mental health and affect our mood in a positive way. A lot of colour therapy techniques work on this basis and it’s very easy to work with colour yourselves at home, even just to uplift your mood a little.
We can use colour to help influence our mental well being in several ways
Wearing colour or a flash of colour, as an entire outfit or a colourful piece, perhaps a scarf
Drinking or eating colour ( natural colours )
Visualising or meditating with colour Colour Breathing Meditation
Adding colour to our surroundings, paint, cushions, artwork etc
Let’s take a look at several colours, their properties and how they can be used;
Promotes: Energy, strength, motivation, confidence, will-power, courage, initiative, focussing on attention to detail
Good for: Depression, negativity, shyness (avoid in anger, irritability)
Promotes: Stimulates body and mind, self-esteem, optimism, inner strength, creativity, self-expression, happiness, opens mind to new ideas and perspectives, revitalising
Good for: Depression, negativity, trauma, stress, bereavement and loss
Promotes: Enthusiasm, balancing thoughts and feelings, wisdom
Good for: Depression (especially during menopause), stress, anxiety
Promotes: Uplifting, cleansing, self-respect, self-confidence, self-control, ability to rationalise and reason, contentment, mentally stimulating
Good for: Depression, despair, fatigue, negativity, sensitivity to criticism, lack of confidence (avoid in insomnia, hyperactivity)
Promotes: Balance, harmony, personal development, self-acceptance, compassion for self and others, renewal
Good for: Stress, anxiety, self-pity, confusion
Promotes: Calm, cleansing, healing, personal relationships, sharing, friendship, resilience
Good for: Stress, anxiety, anger
Promotes: Calm, peace, relaxation, slowing down, steadying, self-expression, intuition, honesty, truth, creativity
Good for: Insomnia, stress, anxiety, over-excitement, anger
Promotes: Wisdom, intuition, understanding, spirituality, peace, calm, inspiration
Good for: Anger, obsessions, psychoses, insomnia, anxiety (avoid in depression, loneliness)
VIOLET / PURPLE
Promotes: Inspiration, imagination, empathy, sense of belonging, helping others, self-respect, dignity
Good for: Stress, anxiety, obsessions, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, severe depression
Promotes: Letting go of the past or anxiety-provoking thoughts, moving on, spirtual understanding
Good for: Reduces aggression
Promotes: Calm, clarity of thought, affection, compassion, nurturing, kindness, resolving
Good for: Difficult relationships, insomnia, anger, aggression, over-sensitivity
a protective color. It is grounding and calming, especially to extremely sensitive individuals
It promotes resistance, obstruction, opposition, and enmity. It wards off hatred and negative emotions.
Black should be used sparingly, as too much black can cause depression or aggravate such emotional/mental conditions. Black also increases fear, suspicion and paranoia.
contains the entire light spectrum. Thus it influences all systems of the body. White is strengthening. It is cleansing and purifying to the entire energy system. It promotes purity, virtue and spirituality.
White is nurturing; heals fevers, infections and pain; calms the heart, mind, nerves and emotions; and promotes vitality and supportive feelings.
White can awaken greater creativity. When in doubt as to what color to use, you can seldom go wrong with white.
If used in excess, white light causes passivity, lethargy, hypersensitivity, and inhibitions.