You may find that on the days you wear colour you feel much more energised. It’s the same feeling you might get when you see a vibrant picture or visit the garden centre and are surrounded by a cornucopia of colourful flowers and plants.
There are many colours that affect may effect your mood. In particular, blue might make you feel peaceful and tranquil, and you might find red reviving – associating it with passion and love. The proper term for this is ‘colour psychology’, and can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who are thought to have studied the effects of colour on their mood and used the findings for their holistic benefits. More recently in the 1960’s, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was the first to develop to art therapy, a form of expression derived from colour psychology. He believed that expressing oneself through images and colours helped his patients recover from distress, as our brains react positively to colour.
Back to the present day and the emotive powers that colours hold are coming to light more and more often. Even interior, fashion and cosmetic brands are becoming shade savvy, capitalising on the fact that colours can be used as a tool to actively to change the way you feel about a product. We recommend that everyone gives being more colourful a go – so here are our top tips for leading a more colourful life.
Try an adult colouring book
The popularity of these has grown tenfold over the last or so, and we have to admit we’re obsessed! Even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, colouring can make you feel much more creative, and it’s a fun way to disconnect from the constant flow of technology from your phone and computer.
Invest in a red lipstick
A bright swipe of red on your lips can be an instant mood boost. It also helps draw people’s attention to you, especially your mouth, and subsequently the words that come out of it – so it’s a great way to capture attention while boosting your confidence – perfect if you have a presentation or important meeting at work.
A happy home is full of colour
When it comes to your home, it’s so important to surround yourself and your family with the shades that you all love – it’s a surefire way to enhance the harmony of a space while subtly adding a positive influence to the overriding mood of the house. Get the most out of your abode by picking colours that make you feel good, but prepare to be surprised – sometimes the most daring colours can be the winners! If you find you’re missing certain shades, it’s easy to make minor adjustments without spending a fortune. From dyeing your curtains to painting some furniture, just be sure to take into account the function of each room before you get started.
Add colour to your diet
Eating a rainbow-coloured plate of food is a great way to ensure you’re getting a variety of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and fibre helping nourish you from the inside, out. From bright red tomatoes, juicy watermelon and delicious mango, to sweet blueberries, leafy greens and grains, what you eat can make a huge difference to how you feel.
Don’t be afraid to experiment when it comes to your wardrobe. If you usually find that you wear neutral tones, such as nude, black and white, then dip your toe in the world of colour by starting with accessories. Add a pop to your outfit with bright shoes, handbags or jewellery – and wear more than one colourful item at the same time if you’re feeling daring!
The Liz Earle Beauty Team x