Here's how colour therapy works in improving mood, overall health

Colours can have their own impact and associative memories, and they can either elevate your mood or simply become a trigger

Nakshi Satra | Updated on: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:29 PM IST


There has been a standardisation of colours in terms of colour therapy and how each colour has a significant meaning. The new-age approach that I have discovered is, colours can have their own impact and associative memories, and they can either elevate your mood or simply become a trigger. Colours can thus deeply impact overall health and act as mood stabilisers.

Historically, colour therapy has been followed through ancient Egyptian times for health and wellness. And scientifically too the eyes and the brain allow light to be processed and perceived as colours.

Mood booster

The human eyes and brain trigger memories, perceptions and emotions about experiences of memories for each individual differently. As these triggers travel backwards in our minds, they cross the critical filter into our subconscious mind where, the deepest of memories are all stored.

This defines our perception towards colours which can be subjective and personal. Some colours have an associative memory of safety and precaution; some might have a bitter memory associated with them. Below are a few examples to understand this well.

  1. A lot of clients prefer black and white tones and associate these colours with their personality. Black and white can exude feelings of power, freedom, safety and protection etc.

  2. Colours like red make strong statements and stand out, while blue has a calming and soothing effect and can help to increase focus.

  3. Green and pastel shades are often associated with nature, flora and fauna.

  4. Teals, greys, oranges, whites and other English pastel colours are recent trends because they break the monotony of conservative environments and regular way of life. They are appreciated because of the newness and urban freshness that they bring into our lives.


Colours also have negative associations and subconsciously we decide to block these colours from being in our homes or wardrobes. To get rid of such negative triggers, an emotional cleanse or release as a combination can help to disassociate from such memories and emotions, and this could eventually help to open up one’s colour palettes.

Improves overall health

Colours have a deep effect on our lives and including the right ones in our diet, homes, and wardrobes can really help to positively impact our overall health. We must constantly work on incorporating colour palettes that are associated with positive feelings into our food, homes and wardrobes.

The healing quality of colours through rainbow eating also has an impact on overall health. Also, I strongly advise including colours that are based on the elements of nature — earth, water, fire, air space — for your surroundings.

Colour therapy infused with mindful eating and living contributes to overall health improvement as it changes energies and vibrations for the same. The more you open up your colour palette, the more you can do with your life while progressing in your overall moods and health. The freedom to express yourself through colours creates opportunities for better health, better relationships, a stable mind and a better version of yourself.

(The writer is Founder of In:ha Wellness)


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Published on: Friday, January 21, 2022, 07:00 AM IST