Healing Powers of Art and Colours 27th June 2017/0 Comments/in Blog, News, Uncategorized /by libbyHealing Powers of Art and Colours We live in a world filled with beauty and interesting things to behold, but even so people have managed to create objects and images that are even more sublime than those we discovered in nature. In many ways the invention of art by human beings is one of our most striking and unique features and it should rightly be celebrated. But did you know that the act of creating art or simply perceiving certain colours can have a psychologically-healing effect? It seems a little far-fetched, but it turns out that art and the fundamental application of colour theory can help people deal with a wide range of personal problems. The Art of Therapy Art Therapy is a set of psychotherapy techniques that use the creation of artistic works as a way to help you deal with the issues that life brings onto your path. It uses the act of expression to make you feel better and consequently physically improve as well. It’s an effective way to become less stressed, to gain self-awareness and also improve your self-esteem. It’s especially useful for people who have a hard time talking about what they are feeling, either because it makes them uncomfortable or they simply lack the verbal ability to do it well. That’s also the reason it’s such a great tool when dealing with children. Parents who have children that show signs of anxiety or other troubles should really include an art therapist in their considerations when looking for help. While painting or other visual arts are the best-known form of art therapy. Any form of art is fair game depending on the proclivities of the person in question. You don’t have to be a talented artist either! It’s not about painting the Mona Lisa, it’s about sincerely expressing your inner self. The Magic of Colour A related, but still distinct form of therapy is colour therapy. This is the application of the field of colour psychology to help heal and improve your mental condition. What exactly is the role of colour in psychology? It’s actually quite simple, certain colours are linked to certain emotional states or personality attributes. Some of this is cultural and some of it seems to be inborn, but that colours affect our mood and behaviour is something that’s now undeniable. Exposure to the colour red can raise your blood pressure and generally arouse your body for action. It’s the danger sign of nature, which is why dangerous insects often have this colour. There are two main applications of the knowledge in this field. You can use it to change the role of colour in your work and home environment. To help change your mood in ways that are helpful. The other way is to apply colour psychology to how you tend to use colours to express yourself as part of art therapy. Deliberately painting in certain colour can also have specific effects that we can make use of. Do It Yourself The truly great thing about art and colour therapy is that you can do most of it at home, at your own pace and without having to travel to a therapist’s offices. While it’s useful to learn how to practice these forms of therapy under the eye of a professional, once you have the fundamentals down it can become a normal part of your self-care routine.