In the art world, color + texture are used to tell a story, evoking emotion when words fall short. You may have noticed how color affects your daily life, too — painting your bedroom wall a different color or slipping into your favorite Bolt Blue Leggings can instantly improve your mood, even if you don’t realize it. Chromotherapy is the science of using the seven colors on the spectrum of visible light, each with unique frequencies that tune into the body’s natural energy. Each color can significantly affect mental + physical health, so it’s important to incorporate da *whole* rainbow into our daily lives —
One of the most intense colors, some might be wary of pulling off a fiery red dress or bold lipstick in this hue. Reach for something red when you want to feel confident + strong — it will bring life to you + those around you. Choose red headphones at the gym to go along with your best Beyoncé playlist, or paint your toes this color before a big interview. Just because you’re rockin’ red doesn’t mean the whole world has to see it. ; )
This is your choice for a much-needed energy kick. Orange combines red’s intensity with yellow’s #PositiveVibes for the enthusiasm needed to conquer even the busiest of days. Since this color isn’t as commonly worn as others, find subtle ways to incorporate orange into your routine. Try an orange laptop or phone case, or journalling with an orange gel pen for the day. If nothing else, start your day with a glass of OJ before tackling that epic to-do list.
If the first image that comes to mind when you think of the color yellow is a smiley face sticker — you’ve got the right idea. Yellow is the color of happiness + optimism, harnessed for mental clarity + LOTS of laughter with friends. This summer, throw on that yellow polka-dot bikini + embrace all things yellow — with sun in her eyes + flowers in her hair.
For most, green invokes scenes of nature — quiet, serene, + rejuvenating. When you’re feeling overworked or stressed by summer jobs // internships, take time to step outside + let your worries fade away. Let your mind wander to the sound of leaves rustling as the roots beneath your shoes ground you in ways that only the color green can do.
Similarly, you’ll find the color blue by taking a dip in the ocean or looking up at the sky above you — channel this energy to feel rested + at-ease. Blue inspires mental clarity + focus — important if you’re using the summer to plan out your career path or applying to graduate programs. Break out the DIY denim cutoffs, a breezy navy button-down, or your favorite turquoise ring. Who says that *the blues* have to be a bad thing?
The color of royalty — feel [+ treat yo’self!] like a queen in this color. Purple has historically been associated with wealth + prosperity — in ancient Rome, only the Emperor was permitted to wear this color. Invest in dreamy purple bedding or fill your home with lavender essential oils before you begin your next passion project or ask for that job raise you’ve been considering for months.
Valentine’s Day makes us think of this as a color associated with love, lust, + romance. Use softer tones of pink to connect with your inner thoughts // feelings — buy yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers or a pink bath bomb for a relaxing night spent in. Brighter shades of pink promote vibrant energy + magnetism. A magenta dress when you’re out with friends will not only draw attention, but also make you irresistibly charming to everyone you meet. <3
Get in touch with yourself + the colorful world around you, by using chromotherapy each day.
++ Alyssa M. [amatts_inchaarg] // UConn CHAARG