My 3-year-old’s favorite color is orange. I know this because he prefers to eat orange fruit, wear orange clothes and will always choose the orange popsicle when offered a variety of other flavors. Orange makes him happy and puts him in a good mood. Is this a coincidence or is there more at play here?
Psychologists and scientists have long believed that colors can impact your mood, sleep, energy and eating habits. It’s called color psychology or color therapy. And you can use it to create a wellness plan for yourself1.
Color therapy uses the benefits of different colors and shades to affect your wellbeing. As each color has a unique light wavelength, the color therapy principles use the energy of each shade to boost your mental and physical health.
- Red and pink colors are linked to your blood, circulation and breathing. Use these colors to help raise your pulse, blood pressure and the speed that you breathe, and strengthen your veins. Wearing red or pink for a high energy workout could improve your results. Red is also linked to feeling of passion, so keep a red outfit at the ready for date nights!
- Orange, as one of the warmest tones, notably resembles the color of the sunset – one of nature’s most calming and peaceful gifts. Watching a spectacular sunset can rebalance your joy, optimism and wisdom. Orange is also said to inspire creativity and enthusiasm.
- Yellow is the most intense color in the spectrum. This color can make you feel happier. It can bring out your intelligence and wisdom. It’s also said to bring energy and encourage action. Yellow flowers can brighten your day and uplift you!
- Green colors have a harmonious, calming effect. This is why many people choose to have plants in their homes and on their desks at work. And, when you’re indoors for a prolonged period of time, you know the exhilarating feeling of getting out into nature with the greenery.
- Blue also encourages relaxation and calm, which is why it’s such a popular color on the walls of a bedroom. Many people prefer to choose blue mats to practice yoga or daily meditation. Stronger shades of blue support the brain’s thought processes, while lighter shades help improve concentration2.
- Purple or indigo colors are beneficial for problems with the eyes, ears and nose, while more violet shades of purple with a pink tone can help relax your muscles and nervous system. Violet colors are also useful when meditating.
- Black is often regarded as color of authority and power3. If you’re looking to take charge this is the color you should be gravitating to.
There’s a whole world of color out there! Embrace what it means and how it can improve your overall active wellness.