Colors have an enormous impact on us, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and even physically. For instance, red shades tend to trigger your stress response, making you more anxious, while lighter shades calm you down.How people see color is highly scientific; photoreceptors in your retina translate the light energy of various wavelengths into colors. But how people process colors is intricately connected to emotions
With that in mind, I have compiled a list of the most relaxing colors you should choose for a stress-free life.
This color stands true to its appearance. Peaceful, calm and gentle, blue has tremendous power to manage stress.Blue is calming. It’s the color of the sky and the ocean, so subconsciously it makes us think of serene environments. Add splashes of blue to a room evokes a sense of tranquilityIt’s a very soothing color that helps calm your mind, slow down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety. Blue is believed to have a cooling and astringent effect. When choosing the right shade of blue, it’s best advised to go for a soft and neutral shade (eg bedroom wall) for a calming effect. The blue color is great to open your throat energy center (chakra) as well, which in turns helps for self-expression.Blue is also said to lower blood pressure, and slow respiration and heart rate—making it a great color for space where you practice yoga, sleep, or anywhere you want to unwind.
Green is a restful and quiet color. It reminds us of nature and is a rejuvenating color. Green is also associated with good health and healing. Try painting a bathroom in shade of leafy green. Or put splashes of green throughout your entire house! Green is also the color people are able to be around the longest without feeling overwhelmedBecause it symbolizes nature, green is one of the most beautiful and comforting colors that attracts harmonious feelings that can diffuse anxiety and helps us stay calm and refreshed. Beige greens and pale yellow-greens are the most stress-reducing shades in the green family. It opens your heart chakra and increases your ability to receive and give love to others and yourself.
Pink is another color that promotes tranquility and peace. In fact, Feng Shui believes pink soothes various energies in a room and keep them understated.It’s peacefulness promotes a balance of your energies.
White symbolizes clarity and freshness. It is the right color to be surrounded with in times of stress, to get clarity of your thoughts. A white painted room is considered to be the most ideal for a pregnant woman. But remember that white needs to be a clean, bright white but not too stark because if it looks dirty and dull, your emotions can mirror the same dullness. This color opens your crown center located on the top of your head; which kicks in the law of attraction in our life.
Violet signifies strength, peace, and wisdom. It has the capacity to bring balance and make you feel inner peace. Many consider decorating their space with violet to create a peaceful environment. Also, violet is said to be good for bone growth, maintaining the potassium and sodium balance of the body. Studies even suggest that the power of meditation can be ten times greater under a violet light. The violet light opens your intuition center.
There’s something very positive about this color that makes you feel lively and energetic the moment you lay your eyes on it. It’s no surprise that cheerful yellow makes us feel happy—it’s the color associated with sunshine and many types of flowers. Yellow also make us feel optimistic. Pops of yellow are great for making people feel cheerful and even focused. Yellow is a great color for an office or to add light to any dimly-lit space like a hallway. But be careful not to use too much yellow. An all yellow room is said to increase anxiety and restlessness, and one study shows babies cry more often in yellow rooms. Yellow also reflects the most amount of light, so avoid putting it on the wall where your television or computer sits as it can cause eye strain.So if you want to jump start your day on an energetic note, keep a significant ‘yellow thing’ in a prominent place at home.This color helps open the solar plexus chakra located around our navel; keeping us in more control and balance in our life.
Red is typically associated with passion. Red can increase your heart rate and respiration. And while red can encourage warmth and passion, it can also raise feelings of intensity. This can be a good thing for a dining room where you hold lots of lively parties or in an office space where you need energy and drive. You can use red as an accent color for one wall or be bold and paint an entire room red. This is the color of our Root Chakra; located around our tailbone and is responsible for our grounding.
Orange is associated with being active and social—perhaps that’s why you see a lot of workout clothing in shades of orange.This is the color of our sacral chakra located on our lower abdomen and is responsible for increasing self-love.