How Does Color Affect Moods Regarding Mental Health?
It has long been know that colors affect moods.
Have you ever gone over to a friend’s house and the colors in the family room had an influence over your moods? Maybe you went on a date with a special someone and the red they were wearing took your breath away.
In regards to mental illness, I believe it is imperative to know which colors triggers your mood.
The objective of this blog is to demonstrate the importance of knowing the color and mood changes in a mentally ill person.
My Clash with Colors
I have bipolar disorder 1 and my moods have changed based on the colors that surround me or clothe my body. In my twenties, I was not yet diagnosed with a mental illness. One evening, I was going to a party where I would see some friends. I had lost about 60 pounds since college and I looked sizzling hot.
The lights were down low in the party room where the festivities were held inviting black shadows from the corners of the room. That night, I chose to wear a teal blouse and a short black shirt that fanned out when I walked. Wearing the little black skirt along with the dark room, evoked feelings of confidence and sophistication.
Why Colors and Moods
Having a mental illness, one must be cognizant of the entities that may negatively impact their moods. Medicine can play a big part in helping to stabilize a person’s mood. Along with talk therapy, many factors could affect one’s stability. With the information I am sharing with you on color and moods, it is a good idea to be mindful as to what colors trigger someone’s moods.
There are many studies in interior design as well as fashion on how color affects moods. If you want to redecorate your house and want to paint the walls and add some accent pillows on the couch and hang some prints on the wall, you need to know what specific colors will upset your stability. If you’re going to the mall to shop for new clothes, it will benefit you to know the colors that drive your moods.
- Red is associated with war, danger, power and also signifies peril
- Orange generates fake, strong-willed, boastful and moocher moods
- The yellow color furthers moods such as insanity, envy, anxiety, depression and cautiousness
- Green arouses feelings of animosity, aggression, aversion or aloofness
- As a cool color, blue can sometimes seem frigid, inaccessible and cold
- Purple exudes feelings of enmity, animosity, heartache or disregard
- Pink is associated with fragile, defenseless, and goofy. It is also linked to superficiality and the inability to see the truth
- Shabbiness, greediness, and showy moods can happen as a result of seeing the color brown
- White encourages the moods of barrenness, iciness, walls, rudeness, and high society
- Feeling of slavery, standoffish, bully, and heaviness show up when the color black is prominent
You know the flightiness of your own moods. Help get them under control by keeping your moods as stable as possible. Medicines and sessions with your therapist are fabulous at keeping us stable. But…you can’t leave all the work up to your meds and therapy. You must be aware of how colors affect your mood, too.
What colors are dominant in your life? Have you noticed any colors that stir a positive or negative mood when you are by yourself or with other people? Please answer these questions and share any other comments you have with our community by writing a comment below.
Pierce Romine, A. (2018). How Does Color Affect Moods Regarding Mental Health?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 26, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/discoveries/2018/03/how-does-color-affect-moods-regarding-mental-health/