I want to talk about the c word...and I mean colour ;-)
How’s your relationship with colour?
If you find yourself avoiding colour or wanting to use it more but not really knowing how to, or why you shy away from it. Or maybe it feels scary and overwhelming. I want you to know you’re totally normal.
And there are very good reasons for it.
Some based on how society had come to value colour and some much more fundamental to who we are.
It’s massively important for our wellbeing...and this is why we all need it in our lives.
Here’s a different way of thinking about it... colour is the language of our emotions.
Imagine living without some of our emotions?
No wonder it can all feel a bit full on for lots of us!
Loads of us in general aren’t that good at understanding and leading with our emotions. Most of us have been brought up to hide, ignore and shut down how we feel.
You're not scared of blue or red or orange...but you may be feeling overwhelmed of the emotions it evokes in you or for you.
This can come from stories you’ve created in your life about certain colours and it also has to do with how all of our brains instinctively understand colour. Most of this happens below the surface.
You subconsciously react to colours and you feel them way before your rational thinking brain gets involved. Before you bring in all the ‘shoulds’ and ‘buts’ and ‘what ifs’
There is also so much confusing and misguided info out there which doesn’t help.
The combination of all of these things can make colour seem totally overwhelming!
It is often said that bright colours make you feel happy or better. Or that bold or bright colours equal happiness.
For some people those bold bright colours really do support positive feelings. Like emotions, colour isn’t super straight forward or linear and we all react differently.
For others colour doesn’t have to be a massive statement in order to be a really supportive part of your life.
There is no right or wrong, it’s more or a case of knowing what you need. And this comes from knowing yourself.
There are warm and earthy colours, clean and light colours, cool and subtle colours, intense and exacting colours...there is a version of every colour in each of these.
How can you feel more comfortable about using colour in your life...whether that's in your leggings or in your home?
Simply knowing this new perspective can be really helpful
Notice in your day to day where colours show up and show up and how your feel about them
Be kind to yourself and take your time, getting to know yourself and new colours takes time and it’s not something to get right or perfect straight away
You know more than you think….trust your intuition
Know that is its safe to experiment a little and see what happens
Getting to know yourself, not who you think you should be or what you have always tried to be, is what I believe using colour is really about. It can be an awesome journey.