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Using Color to Improve Your Performance

By Debbie Mandel

Did you know that color has a quick and powerful impact on the choices you make every day? According to six different studies in the Journal of Science the color red makes you more detail-oriented while the color blue inspires you to be more creative.

Color therapy is used in complementary, alternative healing. In stress-management addressing the five senses creates a powerful synergy, for example, combining music with exercise or deep breathing while visualizing the color green. See the color chart below to give meaning or make changes to the way you color your world.
  • Red is bold, energetic and conspicuous. In many cultures red is used to chase away evil spirits, suggesting confidence. You are more likely to be alert and accurate about what you are doing.
  • Blue is relaxing and as expansive as the sky. When you are relaxed, your creativity can flow from your subconscious into your conscious mind. There is great productivity in rest.
  • Green is pervasive in the natural world. It promotes healing, symbolizing growth and fresh, new life. In most cultures spring is the season of optimism.
  • Yellow is the color of sunshine and represents enlightenment.
  • Purple rests in balance between red and blue. It inspires you to feel regal and empowered.
  • Orange is the color of cheerfulness and activity. You donít need to paint your room orange, but I recommend placing something orange on your desk to make you smile.
  • Brown is earth-toned and grounding, generating stability.
  • White is cleanliness and purity inspiring you to de-clutter and start anew.
  • Black is authoritative and powerful associated with a sense of mystery and depth.
Of course, there is an important qualifier: All this depends on the personal associations you have with color. If you have a good experience or received good news while wearing a particular color, then you will have positive associations. However, if you were abused while wearing a cheerful color, you will have negative associations.

Ultimately, when you select your personal style or your view, think about the message you want to transmit or the energy you will absorb. Donít get locked into one color. When it concerns the vast range of your personality, think rainbow.
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life, Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout and Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB AM1240 in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: