We all live in a colorful world, colors are all around us, in nature, in our homes, in our dreams, on the clothes we wear and they can greatly affect the way we feel. During my reading sessions, I’m often inspired to recommend specific colors to my clients to bring balance and harmony to their being and their lives.
I am so delighted to see that after our sessions, my clients develop the awareness and understanding of using the power of colors to improve their health and their lives.
What is color therapy?
Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, has a significant role, especially in eastern cultures, where each color has a meaning and specific benefits.
Nowadays, color therapy is considered a holistic alternative therapy that can bring balance and health to the body, mind, and emotions.
Colors are part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and each color resonates with an energy, a wavelength that vibrates on a specific frequency.
Chromotherapy is based on the theory that colors create electrical impulses in our brain, which stimulates hormonal and biochemical processes in our entire being. Color therapy has several methods. One of them is using special devices that focus colored light on particular body areas. In addition to the specific techniques, you can learn about the properties of colors and surround yourself with colors that bring the most benefits to you.
Colors in Your Kid’s Life
Different colors affect in different ways a child’s mind and emotions. Some will stimulate while others will calm down. As parents, you can find the perfect combination of colors for your children that will soothe, calm, balance, and revitalize them. Although an experienced color therapist will know what colors to work with, you can also learn about the meaning of colors and integrate simple color therapy methods into your and your kid’s life. Color therapy can be combined with art therapy, crystal therapy, energy healing sessions, or other alternative therapies. Whether you choose to book an appointment with a color therapist or not, you and your kid can enjoy the benefits of colors anytime you want.
Let’s see what you, as parents, can do to incorporate color therapy in your kid’s life:
- Ask your kids about what colors they prefer and ask them why they like those colors.
- Pay attention to see how your kids respond to different colors. Ask them how different colors make them feel.
- Ask them what colors they prefer for their rooms, clothing, or personal items such as school backpacks, bikes, and toys.
- Pay attention to the colors they use when drawing or painting; ask them why they choose those colors.
Colors and their Meanings
As I mentioned earlier, each color resonates with energies that vibrate on specific frequencies and have various meanings and symbolism.
- Green has a deep connection with nature and promotes balance, harmony, and health. Light green shades have a soothing effect on the nervous system and will calm your child. Various shades of bright green can improve your child’s mood, while lighter tones will bring inner peace, serenity, and tranquility.
- Yellow is considered the happiest color, and rightly so. It brings fun, warmth, and enthusiasm. Color therapists use bright yellow shades to enhance cognitive skills in toddlers and kids.
- The beautiful blue shades come with a natural calming vibe, and you can use them to experience a sense of serenity, peace, and relaxation. Deep blue shades often induce profound relaxation and deep meditative states. The light shades of blue are also associated with artistic inspiration and creativity.
- Red is the color you want to keep away from restless children, as it might enhance aggressive behavior, nervousness, and fiery emotions. The intense and vibrant red is a stimulating color that can induce agitation in children. However, bright red also comes with many benefits as it can boost vitality, inner strength, self-confidence, and courage when used with caution.
- Orange is another warm color that stimulates the mind and comes with uplifting energies. Bright orange enhances vitality, the joy of life, optimism, and self-confidence.
- Other colors that are good to have around kids are pink and purple. Kids love them, especially the light shades, as these colors induce a sense of serenity and happiness.
Simple ways to use color therapy in your kids’ lives
The simplest way is to play. Follow your gut, your intuition, and play with colors. I’ve rounded up a list of simple ways to bring the magic of the colors into your kids’ life.
- Use cold colors, green or blue, in the nursery room on walls and furniture to quiet and relax your children. The calming effect of these colors can make your child’s room feel peaceful and comforting.
- On hot summer days, dress them in light, cold colors to cool down their body temperature. Avoid black, grey, and dark shades of the colors because they can induce gloomy feelings, enhance sadness and loneliness.
- Bright, warm colors come with uplifting energies that enhance growth and development.
- Bright red, yellow, or orange can also stimulate the appetite.
- Surround your child with yellow items during homework time to enhance your kid’s focus and concentration.
- Use colored lights to illuminate your kid’s room.
- Buy coloring books for your little ones and encourage them to color, paint and draw. Coloring is a fun and relaxing activity for both kids and adults. It is calming and promotes self-expression and creativity in children. Doing it with your child will help you bond better and spend some quality time together.
My dear, we live in the magical world of colors, so have fun playing with colors and exploring what works best for your little ones.
What you can do
To find out how your child responds to colors, you can introduce them to crayons at an early age. This will not only help your child find out which colors they can work with, but also help them learn coloring itself, which can be an immersive and a healthy exercise to help them have fun while learning.
According to Indian philosophy, the chakras are considered the centers of spiritual power and energy within our bodies. There are seven chakras and different colors represent a different chakra:
- Red color: The root chakra located at the base of the spine is represented by red color. The chakra has to do with our connection with the Earth.
- Orange color: The Sacral Chakra, which is located 2 or 3 inches below the navel is represented by orange color. This chakra is said to be associated with reproduction, kidneys, adrenals, and pleasure. The chakra is the mind-body chakra.
- Yellow color: The solar plexus chakra is associated with the liver, pancreas, digestive system, gallbladder, empowerment, and well-being. The chakra is located between the navel and sternum.
- Blue color: The chakra is associated with thyroid and metabolism and also with a peaceful expression.
- Indigo color: The third eye chakra is located between the eyebrows. It is associated with the pituitary gland and pineal gland. It influences our sleep cycle, clarity, wisdom, self-esteem, and intuition.
- Violet color: It is associated with the Crown Chakra and is located at the top of the head. It is associated with clarity, dreams, spirituality, sleep cycles, dreams, pineal gland, and light sensitivity.
It’s well known that warm colors like red, orange, and yellow tend to be more stimulating, while cool colors like blue and green can feel more peaceful. While you don’t necessarily want to be completely ruled by potential mood effects when deciding on the best room color for your kids, here are some feelings that have been associated with different colors that may be helpful to know.
- Red: While a little stimulation for your child can be healthy, you’re not going to want your child seeing red everywhere when you’re trying to get them to go to sleep for the night.
- Yellow: Yellow is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to a child’s room. The color yellow has been shown to be a concentration and memory booster, so if your child has trouble focusing, you may want to consider it when painting their room. Yellow is also an upbeat, happy color, although it can be a bit stimulating. If your child has trouble settling down, especially at night, you may want to temper your use of yellow.
- Orange: The last of the warm colors, orange falls somewhere in between. It is slightly less stimulating than red and a bit more stimulating than yellow, while still being a cheerful, confident color.
- Blue and Green: colors stimulate feelings of peacefulness and tranquility. They can be quite soothing and make us think of nature. These are great colors for children who are anxious or overstimulated.
About the author: Shawna Allard is a San Diego-based relationship psychic; author of the award-winning book Knowing, that has dedicated her life to bringing advice from Spirit to anyone in need of guidance.