Color is all around us and unless you are blind, it affects you in ways that you may not realize.  Panic self help can come from choosing colors that are relaxing and appropriate for the mood that is trying to be set rather than choosing them just because they may be favorites.  The science behind choosing those mood enhancing colors is known as color therapy and while it has been recognized for some time in alternative health circles, it is an up and coming science in today’s modern medicine.

Though most people don’t put a lot of thought into it, most people recognize that the colors in their surroundings affect their mood.  An easy way to verify this is to speak with anyone who has spent much time in a hospital.  They will often talk about the dreariness of the colors and the drabness of the building and wonder how anybody who is there can get well or not be depressed.  You can also see it when people refer to ‘institutional’ colors and they usually don’t refer to them in a positive way.  We even associate colors with cultures.  Bright colors are usually associated with cheerful, celebrating cultures such as those in the Caribbean while drab colors are associated with dreary and oppressive cultures like the former USSR.  So how does your choice of colors affect you and how can changing your color choices lessen the anxiety you experience?

Neutral colors such as those found in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, etc have often been found to leave people listless and upset.  There have also been reports of people having difficulty concentrating when they are surrounded by these colors.  Primary colors such as red, which is often associated with strong emotions like love or anger, produce strong reactions.  For example, blue is known to calm how people feel and lower their body temperature.  Green has been shown to have positive healing properties.  Other bright colors produce other reactions and the variety of such are far too many to list here.

Interestingly though, softer colors produce reactions also.  Pink reduces anxiety and some experiments have shown that it can be used to make prisoners and schizophrenics more manageable.  Orange is an energizing color and various shades of yellow can act as a antidepressant.  In our culture the effects of yellow are so well known that the color has become associated with happy, bubbly people.  This is the opposite of black and gray which is most often associated with depressed or morose people.

 The colors around us affect us in many different ways and not of them good so surround yourself with colors that relax and build up.  Pick colors that help you become the person you want to be even if you are not that person today because by changing your environment, you can change yourself.

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