Written by Hannah Warne

It’s cold. It’s dark. In fact, it’s REALLY cold and REALLY dark. Christmas has been and gone and the lights and decorations, which help to keep us buoyed as winter encroaches, have all been packed away for another year. I don’t know about you, but for me, January and February seem interminable. March can be pretty bleak too until the buds start to burst towards the end of the month and the sun begins to warm again. It’s easy to see why people get winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder at this time of year. I saw a Facebook post a little while ago, saying this time of year it looks like all the colour has seeped out. I thought that was a very accurate description. Whilst the hedges and grass are technically still green, they’re just, well frankly, they’re just dull. There’s no vibrancy left. So how can we boost our mood? Have you thought about how colour affects how you’re feeling…. Read on!

It’s well researched how colour can affect our moods and emotions, with colour representing a different aspect. Sometimes I find myself craving more of a certain colour in my life and will actively seek out something in that colour, clothing, or nail polish, or a picture to look at…I’ve often wondered why it’s usually purple, until I did some more reading for this blog and discovered it can represent creativity – something for which I often lack time! Interesting, no?!

Waking up in a bad mood, but deciding to put on a yellow scarf, for instance, can instantly brighten your day. Red can represent passion and excitement, but also anxiety. Blue can promote calm and is found to be the most beneficial and healing.

Speaking of healing, did you know that every cell in the body can react to different colours for different purposes? Pink can relieve head pains, ear problems and baby-pink can calm the most disruptive of children! Violet can calm an overactive heart and help to heal depression. Turquoise? Well, that can help calm inflammation and build the skin.

There are plenty of ways we can bring colour into our lives over the duller months, whether it’s clothes (Ruby Fury have some brilliantly bright leggings you can check out here), or something more subtle but there all day, like painting your nails, or maybe treating yourself to a bunch of flowers the next time you go to the supermarket.

We’d love to know if there are any particular colours in your life that you crave (and we’d be happy to look in to it and try to provide some insight!) Why don’t you pop across to our community group to discuss this!