Healing with color- How to use color therapy for healing? Coloring therapy to relieve stress.



You wake up at 6 am, but your body isn’t fully awake. You’re groggy, still sleepy, your body feels heavy and you feel totally lazy. I will tell you a little secret to reduce that laziness just after you wake up. Step outside and look at the blue sky. When your retinas receive blue light, it energizes your brain. Your body stops producing the sleep hormone melatonin, and you actually wake up.





That’s the reason you’re told to keep your gadgets (which emit blue light) away before sleep. Use dim red lights before going to bed. Check out this article to get a good sleep.


Have you ever noticed restaurants are usually painted red, orange, or yellow? It’s because these are the colors that induce hunger.


Color has tremendous effects on our brains, they affect the way we behave, the hormones we secrete and the emotions we produce.


That’s why knowing about color therapy becomes important.


Color therapy and its uses



Also known as chromotherapy or light therapy, it is a recently booming area of therapy where illnesses are treated through exposure to colors.


Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Indians used color therapy to treat not only physical disorders like jaundice but also mental illnesses like insomnia, depression, and eating disorders. Even now, some spas use sunlight for relaxation.


Well-known psychiatrist Carl Jung was one of the first people to show color can be used to treat trauma, fears, and other mental disorders. Colors influence human behavior and emotions. A study showed that exposure to red color increased the heart rate of people and pumped up the adrenaline. Likewise, the blue and the green colors calm you down.


Meanings of different colors and how do they help?



Although the meaning of color is subjective, looking at a particular color for a long time sparks a particular emotion in us. Red can create anger, irritation, energy. Blue and green make you calm. Yellow is cheerfulness, as I said before, red, orange and induce hunger, Purple is a symbol of royalty, spirituality. White is a symbol of purity and innocence.


Here is an article if you want to know the meanings of the colors in depth.

How to use in everyday life?



Yes, it is possible to use colors and this knowledge of color therapy for our benefits, in our daily life.

  • Use red color when you need energy- choose a read outfit for a workout, paint your gym or exercising area red, or choose a red treadmill!


  • Paint your bedroom with cool colors- Blue and green colors are known to relax your mind. Paint your bedroom and other areas you relax with these colors.


  • Paint socializing areas with warm colors- Choose bright colors such as red, orange, yellow for the living room, dining room, and other socializing areas. These colors are known to cheer up your mood.


  • Choose the kitchen wall color carefully- As mentioned before, certain colors indice hunger. It’s very important to avoid red and oranges in the kitchen if you’re someone cutting on calories!


  • Surround yourself with proper colors at proper times- If you are feeling overwhelmed, angry or irritated, get some blue or green color. You can go out and look at the sky and the grass and the trees. If you’re feeling low and depressed, get some yellow. Maybe step out in sun or pick up a coloring book and fill it with yellows and reds!



Coloring therapy



Have you tried to color when you’re feeling blah?! Trust me, it’s so relaxing. Coloring therapy is nothing but coloring a mandala or any other picture for relaxation. You might have seen many adult coloring books in the market, or online. Researches have shown coloring mandalas has a meditative effect.


Dr. Stan Rodski, a neuropsychologist who also has his own line of adult coloring books, says that coloring elicits a relaxing mindset, similar to what you would achieve through meditation.

He further says like meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus on the moment. Tasks with predictable results, such as coloring or knitting, can often be calming.

Coloring therapy reduces stress and anxiety because-

  • It distracts you from your non-stop thoughts

  • It promotes mindfulness-you’re completely in the moment. Brings you to the present

  • It's a full-brain exercise

  • Boosts your creativity

  • Brings back childhood memories.


So, why not pick up a coloring book next time you’re upset and start coloring? You can download a few printable coloring books here



Apps for coloring therapy.

You might ask me, “let’s say I’m at my office, and anxious and stressed. But I can’t pick up a coloring book and color”. Don’t worry there are some apps that are equally satisfying and effective.


Coloring book

Color therapy

Pigment


These are some apps that work both on android and ios, you can just click and fill color. In some apps, you can also use brushes to color.


Here is another article if you want to know more about coloring apps.


It’s very interesting how colors influence our brain, isn’t it? I hope you enjoyed the article. If you did, don’t forget to share it on social media tagging me @selfgrowthsupply.


Keep coloring, be happy.


See you next week…..


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