Colors are all around us, both visible and invisible. While you’re probably aware that light can play a big influence over your mood, it can also play a role in your physical well-being. Colors are the combination of light and energy, and manifest to the naked eye when their wavelengths fall between 390 and 750 nanometers (what’s known as the “visible spectrum”). They may not be ultraviolet (UV) and threaten your body with harmful rays, but they do not get past you unnoticed.
What is Color Therapy?
Color Therapy, also known as “Chromotherapy” or “Light Therapy,” is a holistic therapy that employs light and color to help balance emotions, feelings and energy in the mind and body. Both physical and mental health can be affected, as looking at a certain color can trigger emotions (chemical releases) that directly influence physical reactions.
For example, looking at the color green could make you feel relaxed and calm, effectively lowering blood pressure. Seeing the color yellow could make you feel invigorated and refreshed, helping raise levels of adrenaline.
Commonly Held Beliefs About Color Therapy
People began using color therapy thousands of years ago in countries such as India and China. While not an exact science or very well established back then, people realized that colors had a significant effect on their moods, attitudes and overall health.
Today, we know that light enters the body not only through the eyes but also through the skin. Some believe this light greatly impacts those with brain diseases and/or emotional issues, as the light activate hormones that promote healing. Common associations with colors ranging the visible spectrum include:
Warm Colors – Warmer colors include those such as reds, oranges and yellows, and are commonly associated with feeling comfort, as well as anger or hostility.
Cool Colors – Cooler colors include blues and greens, and are associated with feelings of calmness, relaxation and sadness.
Blends – Purples are a blend of warm and cool colors and are a good option for creating a balanced atmosphere to spark creativity, focus and resolve.
Color Therapy can be beneficial to those struggling with managing a range of emotions, from depression, anxiety, anger and others. Through color therapy, art therapy and a combination of techniques from both, better emotional balance can be achieved and positive effects on physical health can show. There are many ways to use color to enhance your total health. One way can be to try out adult coloring books at home. There are a variety of types to chose from as they have seen great popularity over the past year. Or, you can try art therapy with a counselor, or just try to incorporate more of the colors you are drawn to into your everyday life.
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