Winter can often draw out feelings of lethargy and sadness. What, with the ever-grey cloudy skies, icy wind, and rain? It’s easy to feel the effects of seasonal sadness during the drearier months.
However, winter doesn’t have to be all grey. Adding pops of colour to our lives is a great way to improve our wellbeing this winter. Colour therapy, known as chromotherapy, is based on the idea that colour can boost mental wellbeing.
Even ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Chinese and Greek, practiced colour therapy. Egyptian healers often wore breastplates of blue to indicate their sacredness.
How can we add colour to our lives and homes this winter?
Nature’s art, flowers can come in hundreds of shapes, sizes, and colours. Add bundles to your dining table, hallway, foyer, or even your bathroom for a pop of pink, indigo, yellow, reds and greens. If you wish to boost the wellbeing of a loved one, you can gift them a bundle of flowers and make them smile.
With Angel Delivery’s new flower gifting service, you can take your classic supermarket flower bundle to a whole new level. Combining gentle delivery for perishables, and designer packaging, our fresh bouquets of flowers can be complemented with a cake and other goodies. This is a complete all-encompassing gift of your love and care.
It is always financially beneficial to shop for seasonal fruit and vegetables. During the winter, add colour to your dinners with carrots, purple cabbage, red onions, and greens such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts. These vegetables are vibrant in colour, which means they are rich in nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods are an important part of combating winter blues.
Whether you prefer artificial plants or wish to take up a new hobby of caring for your leafy friends, indoor plants are a great way to add colour and liveliness to your home. They can come in various sizes, and you can play with style and colour when choosing a pot to plant them in.
A Painting Night.
Get your best friends around, pop the kettle on, and arrange yourself a painting night. You can grab yourselves canvasses, paints, and brushes from your local store for a night of colour, chatter, and quality time. Whether you are an infamous artist amongst your friends, or just learning how to mix colours, a cosy night in, accompanied by colourful paints is a great way to boost your wellness this winter.
If you have a spare wall in your home that you don’t know what to do with, try adding a mirror. Choose an artful, stylish frame to add character and even some colour. The mirror will reflect light and shades from around your home and create more brightness. This is a great way to soak up some more light and colour from the comfort of your home.
Get Out in Nature.
Of course, it’s chilly outside! But nature is the perfect space to find colour. Whether that’s a walk through your local bush or park for some greenery, or along your local beach for those stunning blues, turquoise and quicksilver shades. If you take a walk at sunrise or sunset, watch as the sun casts fiery hues of orange, red, and pink across the sky. Step away from the office or workspace, and let your eyes enjoy the earth’s incredible array of colour.
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