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Other Ways to Use Color-Therapy to Improve Our Lives

As people grow more and more weary of treating ‘non-life-threatening ailments’ Color Therapy is gaining popularity.  Instead of popping a pill for a minor headache for example, people are learning the power of breathing and the power we hold in our own minds and thoughts.  Naturally, complaints of a more serious level, or those that bother us more than once in a while, must be treated first and foremost by your family physician.  Not all are open to the idea of alternative therapies, but those who are, will steer you in the direction of the correct health care provider, and in addition will hopefully encourage you to use Color Therapy as a complementary treatment in the hope that you will see an improvement in your ailments. You should NEVER rely upon color therapy alone to heal serious illnesses. Always seek help from your local health or mental health care practitioner in conjunction with your alternative therapy practicioner. When we all work together, this is when miracles happen. Here are a few examples of how we can take back control of certain aspects of our life, bringing more balance and less chaos into our space.

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    1. Home Decor: A great way to introduce color therapy into your home, especially if you are just learning this practice, could be to buy a colorful bunch of flowers and place them in a strategic place, in the middle of your living area.  See how the wonder of Mother Nature’s work.  For me, the magnificent colors that these flowers, coupled with their incredible aroma which fills my home, can lifts my spirits no end.  I hope the same will be for you and that your soul and your physical well-being will benefit too.

      Another idea would be to use all the colors you and your family love, in your home decoration.  This does not just mean painting every wall a different color but can involve accents of colors scattered through the house.  A cushion here, a picture on the wall there, perhaps a ceramic vase placed in a strategic position, can promote the release of ‘feel good hormones’ easing stress levels.  

    2. Our Clothes: The clothes you wear are of course an obvious choice for lifting your mood.  Open your wardrobe and you will see that there is a strong bias toward certain colors.  These are obviously the colors you chose subconsciously, and those that make you feel good.  Wear them in good health and don’t forget from time to time to give a color you would not usually try a chance. You might be surprised! 

    3. The Food We Eat:  Another suggestion in the home would be to try and eat as wide a variety of food as you can.  Try to make your plate a multi colored wonderland.  We all know that a plate of bright food is much healthier than a dull plate of yellow colored processed food.  The reason for this is very simple – Brightly colored foods are full of vitamins and micro nutrients that we all need so much and it is no accident that Mother Nature made sure that the most wholesome foods are full of color and therefore more appealing to the human eye. 

    4. At School:  In the last decade or two, architects and interior designers of schools have become much more ‘minded’ to the need for school to be a ‘happy’ place.  Schools should be bright and cheery in the public areas where the children wander around and play between lessons.  The classrooms where the students sit and study should be full of colors and that make the classroom not only a happy place, but one that is conducive to successful studying.  We have to be careful not to overdo the decoration in the classrooms so that the children will not be distracted.  We need to consult with specialists in this field and pick the colors carefully.  We don’t want to expect children to be peaceful and study well in a bright red classroom for example as that would be too stimulating for some children.

    5. In Business: Most architects and interior designers are very minded to the importance of color in the workplace.  Colors that stimulate creativity and happiness are very useful in a place of work, whereas colors that are too calming might not be such a great idea as we don’t want our team members to be falling asleep on the job! If you notice Judges wear black gowns – have you even wondered why? This is to completely neutralize their personality and to make them appear completely non-biased.  Health care workers wear white for the most part – this is to relay sterility, neutrality, and purity to the patient, with the hope of encouraging good health.  Those who work in the operating theatre wear either blue or green scrubs.  Have you ever wondered why? I am sure by now you will understand that the reason behind this is to try and calm the patient with these calming colors.

    6. Marketing: Not everything about color perception is unique.  In our modern world, where marketing is so important, we are now seeing a trend toward the use of certain colors to elicit particular effects.  Food is packaged in carefully chosen colors.  Bread, for example is typically presented in a golden or brown container, in order to remind shoppers of home-baked goods, and of food just taken out of the oven.  In the world of sales, color plays a huge role.   ‘Cooler’ colors, are said to put the mind at ease, and have their own role to play in marketing.  Green for example is used in stores to relax customers and promote harmony in our brains, leading to a more calculated purchase. Blue is said to be the most common color used by conservative brands looking to promote trust in their product. Red, which creates a sense of urgency, is good for clearance sales.  ‘Warm’ colors, on the other hand such as orange and yellow can trigger caution and optimism and are said to be successful when used in a window display because they are likely to attract more spontaneous purchasers. 

    7. Sports: Even in the world of sports color plays a huge role on the psyche.  As we know red is used in stop lights throughout the world, and is therefore associated with halting, both symbolically and psychologically.  It has been noted that players taking penalty kicks in soccer matches performed worse when the goalkeeper wore a red uniform.  This was understood as an indication that players perceived the red and were less able to shake off the sub-conscious message of ‘HALT’ that was triggered in their brain.  

    8. Institutions: Finally, it can be used in many different institutional settings.  For example, there is a very specific shade of pink – Baker-Miller Pink, or Drunk-Talk Pink that is said to reduce aggressions and calm down violent prisoners whose cells have been painted in this color. 

     

    There are so many ways we can use color without spending lots of money, without harming the environment, without harming anyone – if you have any thoughts on the matter please do contact me and tell me what your think the next development could be in the world of Color-Therapy!

For the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder: Seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as the winter blues, stems from a lack of sunlight throughout the winter months, which leads to the slow and inhibited release of our ‘feel-good’ hormones.  This conditions is affectively treated with the use of light boxes, or bright light therapy.  The idea of being exposed to bright light which mimics outdoor light, in the hope of lifting our moods.  Since white light (the bright light used in SAD treatments using light boxes) is still a color we can call this a color therapy treatment.  

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