Take a walk in the woods or stroll through an art museum and you will instantly be aware of the color that surrounds you. What you may not be aware of is your mind and body responding to the color on a sub-conscious level. Chromotherapy, or color therapy, is used in many parts of the world as a means for reaching a person's psyche for better health and well-being. This type of therapy is not without debate, but when you consider the importance color plays in nature, you can see where we might want to discuss the matter further. Surrounding ourselves with a variety of colors, in what we wear and in our home, is believed by many to have a very real impact on our state of mind. It is not considered a coincidence that a woman wearing red feels more power and vigor, while a woman dressed in blue exudes peace and tranquility. Your home office is the perfect place to experiment with the effect color can have on stress, mood, and energy. Let's take a look at the kind of struggles you face in your home office and how color might be able to switch things around a bit. No Energy If you are sitting in your home office hour after hour, staring out the window because you simply can't get a spark going to get anything done, your energy level needs a boost. Red and orange are definitely colors that will set your mood on fire. Lethargy, tiredness, and just plain sluggishness won't last long when surrounded by these passionate colors. Use these powerful colors as accents so they don't overwhelm you and make you nervous instead of energized. Anxiety When your mind is racing, your heart is pounding, and you find yourself pacing instead of working, anxiety is in over-drive. This is often a result of stress and possibly fear. Calming, quiet blues and greens are the colors for you. These colors create what you might think of as a cool hand on your forehead. You can include a very soft pink to help balance your energies. Blue, green, and soft pink; are you thinking of a calm ocean sunset? That's the idea. No Focus Sometimes we get so involved in multi-tasking that our focus suffers. This situation causes stress, but relieving the stress is secondary to regaining focus. We want to fix the problem first; and the problem is lack of focus. Clean, crisp, fresh white helps restore clarity of thought. Include the color violet to renew wisdom and strength to help guide you through your work and keep you on task. Negativity If your every thought seems to turn negative for no reason, and you can't talk yourself out of this downward spiral, perhaps a dose of color to lift your mood would help. Depending on where the sadness is coming from, colors could affect your mood in different ways. Yellow is a cheerful color and can create a more positive feeling. Orange is another color that invigorates the psyche, helping to perk up the mood. Pink can be used in this instance as a way to balance negative energies with positive energies so one doesn't dominate. Stress is caused by many factors, both internal and external. Losing focus, having negative thoughts, feeling tired and lethargic, and feeling anxious to the point of serious distraction, are things we may have to face as we try to accomplish our work. Dealing with these issues in a proactive manner is the first step to creating a real solution. Consider using color as one tool to help alleviate these moods. It's easy to do and well worth a try.
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