Life is pretty hectic, and it can get really bothersome and stressful at times. No matter how young or old you are there had to have been one or more instances in your life that made you think “I need to relax”. Sometimes we spend so much of our time on other people that we completely forget about our own. The truth is that all of us need a break once in a while, a chance to rest their minds and do something that requires little effort but is utterly satisfying to do, and will leave you occupied for hours, no….we’re not talking about antidepressants, but something that is far simpler and more fun to do, it’s using colors!
Colors are all around us, whether we choose to admit it or not (although I don’t know why you wouldn’t admit that), wherever we look we’re witnessing a wide array of different colors blended together in an artistic way, so it should come as no surprise that some “healing colors” have also been proven to impact an individuals behaviors on a day to day basis, for example, blue is shown to stimulate clear thought, red stimulates us physically and raises our pulse rate, these are perfect examples of healing colors and there are many more!
With such a strong effect on our personalities, there has to be some way to harness this incredible emotion inducing therapy, and there is, which is where color therapy comes into play, or more accurately, ‘draw’.
So what is color therapy exactly?
Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is a form of alternative medicine that uses the visible spectrum of light and color to promote healing and improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It is based on the idea that different colors have different meanings and associations, and can be used to promote specific emotions and states of mind.
Color therapy can be practiced in a variety of ways, including through the use of colored lights, crystals, and clothing, as well as through activities like coloring and painting.
Color therapy is thought to have a number of potential benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation and mindfulness, increasing focus and concentration, and boosting creativity and imagination.
Mixing different colors on paper taps into the imaginative part of our brain and gives us the impression that we’ve somehow unlocked a new, calmer personality that has been locked within us, without all the troubles and anxiety, color therapy resembles a drug in some ways, but without the jail time and the instant regret of course.
How does it work?
The exact mechanisms by which color therapy works are not fully understood, and more research is needed to fully understand its effects. However, it is thought that color therapy works by affecting the body’s energy centers, or chakras, and by influencing the body’s production of hormones and neurotransmitters.
According to proponents of color therapy, each color is associated with specific energy frequencies and vibrations that can affect the body in different ways. For example, red is thought to have a high frequency and be associated with energy, passion, and strength, while blue is thought to have a lower frequency and be associated with tranquility, trust, and stability.
Some people believe that by exposing the body to specific colors, it is possible to affect the body’s energy balance and promote healing and well-being. Others believe that color therapy works by influencing the body’s production of hormones and neurotransmitters, which can affect mood and emotion.
“I’m really angry! What color is good for anxiety?”
Woah, calm down there. Simply put, the best healing colors to relieve stress that you should incorporate into your drawings are blue, violet, pink and green.
Blue is a smoothing color that can calm a busy mind.
Violet can bring balance and peace to the mind, because it has a blue base.
Pink can provide a peaceful element when a lighter shade is used.
Green is soothing and comforting, this is because we incorporate it with grassy fields or nature.
These are the best healing colors when it comes to stress healing.
In color therapy, different colors are believed to have different meanings and associations, and can be used to promote specific emotions and states of mind. Here are some common meanings and associations of colors in color therapy:
Meaning of red color
Red is associated with energy, passion, and strength. It is often used to promote feelings of excitement and determination.
Meaning of orange color
Orange is associated with happiness, warmth, and creativity. It is often used to promote feelings of joy and enthusiasm.
Meaning of yellow color
Yellow is associated with sunshine, happiness, and intellect. It is often used to promote feelings of clarity and optimism.
Meaning of green color
Green is associated with nature, growth, and balance. It is often used to promote feelings of calm and relaxation.
Meaning of blue color
Blue is associated with tranquility, trust, and stability. It is often used to promote feelings of peace and calm.
Meaning of purple color
Purple is associated with spirituality, creativity, and mystery. It is often used to promote feelings of inspiration and introspection.
Meaning of pink color
Pink is associated with love, compassion, and femininity. It is often used to promote feelings of tenderness and warmth.
Meaning of brown color
Brown is associated with earth, stability, and reliability. It is often used to promote feelings of security and groundedness.
Meaning of black color
Black is associated with power, sophistication, and mystery. It is often used to promote feelings of sophistication and confidence.
Meaning of white color
White is associated with purity, innocence, and clarity. It is often used to promote feelings of peace and clarity.
Meaning of grey color
Grey is associated with neutrality, balance, and wisdom. It is often used to promote feelings of calm and contemplation.
Meaning of gold color
Gold is associated with wealth, luxury, and success. It is often used to promote feelings of prosperity and achievement.
Meaning of silver color
Silver is associated with sophistication, elegance, and purity. It is often used to promote feelings of refinement and clarity.
Meaning of copper color
Copper is associated with prosperity, abundance, and warmth. It is often used to promote feelings of abundance and success.
Meaning of beige color
Beige is associated with neutrality, calm, and simplicity. It is often used to promote feelings of tranquility and relaxation.
Meaning of lavender color
Lavender is associated with spirituality, creativity, and relaxation. It is often used to promote feelings of serenity and introspection.
Meaning of olive color
Olive is associated with nature, peace, and balance. It is often used to promote feelings of calm and harmony.
Meaning of turquoise color
Turquoise is associated with healing, balance, and communication. It is often used to promote feelings of balance and clarity.
Meaning of maroon color
Maroon is associated with sophistication, mystery, and depth. It is often used to promote feelings of sophistication and depth.
Meaning of coral color
Coral is associated with warmth, vitality, and energy. It is often used to promote feelings of energy and vitality.
Meaning of navy color
Navy is associated with authority, stability, and sophistication. It is often used to promote feelings of stability and sophistication.
Keep in mind that these meanings and associations are not set in stone and can vary from person to person. It’s important to choose colors that resonate with you personally and make you feel good.
What can I color?
Well, anything that you like really, but if you want our advise, check out our premium FREE resources here.
So the next time you wake up in the morning, don’t read a boring colorless newspaper that’s probably filled with sadness, draw & color pretty puppies or unicorns instead!
Everybody is special! YOU are special! And the best way to let the world know how special you are is by showing it through your colors!