Well-being through light and art

Have you ever found yourself standing in front of a painting feeling calm, at piece? Or maybe at some point in your life you entered a room and it made you feel different, better. Have you ever wondered why that happened? What was it that made you feel that way?

Let us talk about colour.

Scientifically speaking, colour is the human perception of light coming from the sun in different wavelengths and frequencies. This light reflects and refracts, reaching our eyes and making us perceive it as colours. The cone cells in our eyes allow us to see light with wavelengths from 390 to 750 nanometers. This range of radiations is what we call the visible spectrum. 

Wavelengths outside of this spectrum are non-visible light like infrared rays, ultraviolet rays and X-rays.  This comes to show that visible light and colour can have a strong impact on our minds and bodies, just like the non-visible spectrum has.

Colour therapy or chromotherapy, for example, is a holistic approach to healing through light vibrations and frequencies. Since each colour corresponds to a certain wavelength and frequency, it is believed that exposure to colour and light can affect one’s mood, mental health and even physical health. As these rays can pass through our skin, they can influence the hormone production in our bodies, encourage our bodies to heal.

Art therapy is a form of therapy that uses artistic means of expression in order to help improve mental and emotional health. Often it uses colour: paints, chalk, markers. It can also be used to relieve tension, discover oneself or just as a creative outlet.

Eileen Miller said “art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.” It seems like she was correct. Art and colour have powerful properties that can influence your mood, mental health and well-being. What you can do to access these benefits is spend more time surrounded by art, expose yourself to colours that have been shown to have calming properties like blue, green for relaxation or yellow for its rejuvenating properties. Exposure to the sun will also bring thousands of wonderful benefits.

What you can do to access these benefits is spend more time surrounded by art, expose yourself to colours that have been shown to have calming properties like blue, green for relaxation or yellow for its rejuvenating properties. Exposure to the sun will also bring thousands of wonderful benefits.

One Comment

  1. Emma

    I would definitely not consider myself an artist or even remotely artistic in any way. However, there is something so therapeutic about just releasing your emotions and worries onto a canvas with paint or coloring utensils. Even if it’s just to throw something at a canvas. Let your energy flow.

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