Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Awesome Ways to Use Colors for Healing and Wellness


Want to learn awesome ways to use colors that heal, calm, energize, and empower you?




Specific colors have vibrational properties that speed up, balance, or calm down thinking, behavior, and even emotions. 


Continue Reading and Discover Awesome

 Ways to Use Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow

 for Healing and Wellness.




BLUE
Envision or wear clothes that are a shade of medium blue. Blue is a stress buster and its color energy soothes you, when you're physically, mentally, or emotionally depleted. 

Gazing softly at a blue object calms agitated or chaotic states of mind. That explains why many operating rooms in hospitals are painted blue and the staff wears scrubs of hospital blue. 


Sea blues of azure and sapphire suggest “going with the flow”  as the river, stream, or ocean does.

Want to reduce over-thinking? Think blue and find peace.


Blue is the color of the throat chakra and center for the spoken word (sky blue). The throat is the passageway by which we express feelings through communication. 


Meditating on a blue image before we express ourselves, helps us speak effectively and honestly. 
Read How to Use the Throat Chakra Here.

Pale blue sheets or blue accent pieces in a bedroom encourages sleep. Blue wall coverings, blankets, or pillows makes the room appear cooler and larger than it actually is.


At the cellular level, blue comforts us emotionally, and helps us detach from things that are beyond our control.

GREEN

Bright green has been adopted by environmentalists to symbolize the planet’s essential need to protect, recycle, grow, and reuse (transform) natural resources. 

Forest green/dark green is often associated with money, prosperity, and ambition. This shade of green works to help us concentrate and suggests prestige, power, and substance.


Green energy often suggests growth, change, and nature. 

Take a cue from nature, and visualize the most serene green place you've ever seen. Imagine yourself walking there and travel back to this vision any time you want to feel more tranquil. 





The expression, “to have a green thumb,” means everything thrives in your garden. 

Use your imagination to picture a lush green field, and focus on being present in this scene. Then notice whether your mind and/or body feels more at ease.


Freshen up the energy in your home or office with green plants. 

Display green accent colors on your business website or computer screen saver. 

Eat green foods including pea soup, green salads, and avocados to fuel your body the green way.

RED
Red is a lively color, one that attracts attention. Red suggests the color of blood, rubies, cherries, love, and romance. 




It has the longest wavelength in the visible light spectrum, and can be seen from a greater distance than other colors.

Red is a good color for night lights, traffic lights, and to warn of danger.

Use red for exercise attire, and participate in aerobic exercise a minimum of 30 minutes on most days for good heart health.

Red speeds up metabolism and gives you pep.

Wearing or seeing red can increase appetite. Unless you need to gain weight, don't get an industrial stove in red or use red plates or utensils. This color can cause overeating.

Red energy is useful when you want more courage, self-confidence, self-love, and will power. Read more about this topic here.

YELLOW
Yellow is high up in the list of healing colors. Gazing at daffodils or wearing a yellow tee can stimulate intelligence and also detoxify the body and mind. 

Yellow is particularly helpful with skin problems. Avoid overuse of yellow, as it can hamper digestive health or lead to stomach problems and insomnia. 

The most radiant of all the colors in the visible light spectrum, yellow signals caution. It is used for traffic lights and warning signs all over the world. 

When we need nourishment, use the power of yellow energy and munch on yellow fruits and veggies including grapefruit, sweet potatoes, yellow summer squash, and pears. The nutrients in these foods draws on sun energy, and creates clear thinking and liveliness.

Yellow broadcasts a sunny disposition, and wearing it may help you feel alert, flexible, and joyful. 

That's why I selected yellow as a primary color for the cover of the interactive journal Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss.




For tips and encouragement about ways to use colors to heal and grow, pick up a copy or two of the interactive journal Colors of Joy.

It’s guided journal prompts, affirmations, and color themed activities help you and those you gift it to, to discover more joy in daily living. 

Before you go, let me know which colors appeal to you by commenting in the section below. 

Do you have questions or ideas about colors for healing and wellness? Please share that too.

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Further Reading

Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution


Relax with Aquamarine and Aqua

What Everyone Needs to Know About the Heart Chakra

Red Energy

Yellow for Self-empowerment


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tucson Travel or Colorful Staycation



I notice when I'm outdoors exploring interesting things, I get plenty of exercise, benefit from breathing fresh air, and have fun too. 

I invite you along to entertain and maybe even inspire you to travel to Tucson. I love winter here, because there's so many walking, hiking, and biking trails as well as entertainment and cultural events galore.

The color palette of my southwest city delights me. I combined a love for color and desire to maintain good health by taking a staycation right here in Tucson.

The mural above and the pictures below were things I enjoyed seeing the most! 

Holiday Decorations Were Everywhere


My husband and I noticed the Hotel Congress is Celebrating
100 Years this New Years' Eve






New Apartment Building Tucson

Yoga is Popular in Tucson




Mosaic In Downtown Tucson. See Additional Mosaics Here

Although there are many good restaurants in Tucson, my husband and I love eating at the Tasteful Kitchen the most. After we went home to shower and change our clothes, this is what we ordered.

Nancy Andres and a Color-rich Salad at the Tasteful Kitchen


Mushroom Wellington from the Tasteful Kitchen

Eggplant Parmesan from Tasteful Kitchen
Hope you enjoyed this armchair visit to Tucson. Before you go, see my closing photo and links to additional reading.


Why not plan to see the awesome colors of Tucson soon? Enjoy the sights during the day, and take in the gorgeous colors of the desert at sunset.


For additional posts about Arizona see:

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tucson visitor information



I appreciate your interest in Colors 4 Health. When you're planning to be in my neck of the woods, please let me know.

Like or have questions about what you see? Please comment, but don't put links in it. I won't be able to publish it that way.

If you want more of good stuff about colors and a healthy lifestyle, please subscribe to the Colors 4 Health Wellness News.



Although my husband and shared a fun day downtown and and I wrote about it last week, my blogging routine is to post on the 1st and 15th.

Words can't express how heavy my heart is now. Our dear son died yesterday in his sleep.

It is a sad, challenging time for me, yet I am posting to let you know how precious he was to us, and honor our loved one's memory right now. Nan


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Journal Prompts to Boost Confidence







The act of writing with pen and paper is a tactile way to identify both difficult and pleasing sensations in our mind, body, and spirit. 

This post will show you ways your written words reveal your inner critic, and transforms those negative messages into incredible confidence building ones. 

Journal writing shows us the level of trust we currently have in our abilities and accomplishments, qualities, perceptions, and actions. It shows us were we still need work.

Grab a journal or notebook and make it a dedicated place where you can express thoughts, feelings, ideas, and dreams in a tangible way. 

Let it rip, uncensored as you share your frustrations, anger, hurt, or confusion, and the writing process will help you find healing and resolution. 

As you read through this blog post, jot down any ideas that resonate with you and pin or bookmark for future reference.







Want to lighten and brighten the image you carry about yourself?

Here's my list of confidence building journal prompts to get you going!


1. Speak to your heart as you write "I love and approve of myself just as I am." Journal about a "yes," "maybe," or "no" reaction to this affirmation. For today, accept your feelings just as they are.

2. In your journal, name one of your assets. Write down everything you think is positive, productive, and powerful about this trait. If you're in the habit of blaming yourself for past mistakes, judging yourself less than, or think you're unlovable, write about doing the best you can.

3. What did you do this week that surprised you? Was it something you wouldn't have attempted doing a year ago? Write about ways doing something new can help you grow.

4. Focus on validating yourself, rather than looking outside yourself for approval. Journal about ways to notice and record efforts you make to change and grow. 

5. Do you doubt your judgment and second guess yourself often? Either way, write about "trust in yourself" now.

Here are 4 affirmations to show you what trust in oneself sounds like. Say them aloud before you journal. Then write one or two affirmations of your own.


Use these affirmations as journal prompt topics


6. Have you made strides or accomplished something you are proud of this week? Write about progress not perfection now.

7. Self-confidence is tied to body image. Body image is tied to health and lifestyle. What steps have you taken to eat better, reduce stress, and exercise? What choices can you make today to clean up your eating or exercise plan? Write about that now.

8. When you maintain an upbeat attitude, it encourages you to feel more confident. Positive energy releases a flood of feel good chemicals into the brain that makes you look and feel like a stronger, more self-assured person. Write about the benefits of positive thinking today.

9. Studies show that the act of physically writing down what you're grateful for helps solidify it in your mind. 

I've found that a gratitude list makes me appreciate the blessings in my life, and is a good place to refer back to when I'm feeling low. It's a good bet it will work for you. Make a bullet list of things you're grateful for right now. Then pin this post for times when your confidence level is low and re-read.


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The only barrier to increased self-confidence is negative messages (lies) you tell yourself about you. 

Why not pick up a copy of the self-care journal, Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss? 

It's a 12 week journal program that features color-themed guided journal prompts to boost confidence and make joyful living a priority in your life.


Order Colors of Joy Now


Wishing you many insights as you journal. Be your own best friend, and affirm you are worthy of the very best life has to offer! 💗

For additional reading on confidence building ideas see:


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how-to-harness-solar-plexus-energy-to-empower-you

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Share which confidence building tools you already incorporate in your weekly routine or those you want to develop in the coming months. 

If you like what you see, sign up for the Colors 4 Health Wellness News for additional healthy lifestyle tips.


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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Eco-Friendly Moves to Green the Holidays






You can play a key role in "greening" this holiday season. Green is associated with health, harmony, well-being, and the environment and a perfect color to signify eco-friendly actions.

When you adopt and stick with the green ideas I share below, know that you will increase personal and world well-being all year long.


Each tip is cost effective, saves time, energy, and makes the planet a healthier place to live.


Eco-Friendly Moves to Green the Holidays

1.If your holiday includes a Christmas tree, select a live potted one. 

Decorate your tree with popcorn and other edible decorations that have zero waste and will not eventually wind up in a landfill. 

After the holiday is over, plant the tree in the ground.

Trees help us in many ways. They provide shade and insulation and therefore cut down both on heating and cooling costs.

Trees replenish the air with oxygen, increases soil stability, and adds beauty to our landscapes. Trees are happy homes for birds and wildlife as well.

2. Shop for holiday goodies in markets or stores where they make an effort to be sustainable. Carry and use a reusable shopping bag. 

One example of sustainable progress is Natural Grocers (this is not a paid endorsement, just my honest opinion). Three ways this market is safeguarding the environment are listed below:

a. Natural Grocers sells only 100% organic produce and 100% non-gmo bulk (buying food in bulk is usually less expensive, cuts down on unnecessary packaging, and saves time and energy).

b. They have eliminated plastic bags for checkouts. Since ditching disposable plastic grocery bags in 2009, they estimate that they've prevented more than 270 million plastic bags from being dumped in a landfill.

c. Natural Grocers upcycles most of the cardboard used to ship products to their stores. Boxes are used for your order if you forget to bring your own shopping bag.

Another example of a store that is being environmentally aware is the one in this a picture.

If the market you shop at isn't taking steps to safeguard the environment, contact management to voice your opinion. If they don't listen, take action with your food shopping dollars.



3. Consume less, and recycle, upcycle, and hand-make gifts, toys, and decorations. When you do buy something new, make sure it's high quality.

Thrift stores, rummage sales, and resale or repurpose outlets offer affordable gifts and packaging material supplies. 

In fact, see cost-saving, eco-friendly holiday present ideas, decor, and conservation ideas (shop online and cut back on fossil fuel use and time) below.  

a. Mary at the Boondocks Blog offers tips to repurpose old decor to make Bright Christmas Vignettes.

b. Amber Johnson at CraftABoo sells attractive, reusable multipurpose bags. Select one from various colors that are offered and cut down on your carbon footprint by using it over and over again.


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c. Katie Welles, the Wellness Mama suggests you give experiences rather than gifts. As she wrote, "Many studies show that material possessions do not equal happiness and that experiences are much more intrinsically fulfilling than things." 

d. Marla Gates at Organic 4 GreenLivings offers 15 Tips for Green Living— The Holidays All Year Long.

e. Lea Stewart from inhabitant.com shows you how to make a beautiful upcycled fabric wreath.

f. For a neat DIY gift for Hanukkah and tips about this holiday see Hanukkah, a mini guide.





g. Take a peek at Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and BlissIt's color-coded, and journal activities, affirmations, and self-care tips help you sail through the holidays with less stress and more happiness. 

Save time and cut down on fossil fuel consumption by shopping online for a thoughtful gift for friends, relatives, and your child's teacher. Order copies of Colors of Joy now for all the women you care about, including you.

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Each small eco-friendly move you take adds up. 🌲 Creating a greener lifestyle can do much to improve the quality of your life and the planet's health as well.

Before you go, please sign up for the Colors 4 Health Wellness News. 

I'd love to hear from you about this post, or share ways you live a green lifestyle. Use the space provided (don't put links in your comment, as I won't be able to publish it that way).

Perhaps you'll give my readers and me a new eco-tip or two. 

Has this post motivated you to add an eco-friendly move to your holiday and yearlong routine? Please share that info too. 

Thanks for the visit and have a marvelous holiday season, one that's green, serene, and safe. 💗

For your info: more green reading

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bank on Color Energy Quotes for Motivation to Live Joyfully



When I notice certain colors or color combinations, I feel energized, centered, and at peace. 

That's because colors work at the cellular level and transcend thinking to influence our mood, outlook, and even behavior. 

Current research shows that when we look at or imagine colors that appeal to us, we feel immediate satisfaction and a sense of well-being. 

Color enjoyment and usage is subjective, so observe how color preferences appear in your life. 

Trust your intuition. One day you may yearn to see the shades of the sea, aquamarine and blue. Another day you may feel compelled to wear an orange blouse or eat cantaloupeOn the third day you may feel perked up just by seeing or envisioning the colors of a rainbow.

 I bank on specific colors to:


1. improve my mood, when my spirit is lagging

2. calm me, when I feel unsettled

3. clear my confusion, and center me

4. enhance enthusiasm and heighten mindfulness 

5. inspire, delight, and awaken my senses


Take a peek at the color quotations I illustrated above and below. Then, reflect on them to discover which ones resonate with you.









Tips to Help You Wear Your Colors to Feel Great About Yourself






The self-care journal Colors of Joy features colorful journal prompts to help you increase self-awareness and happiness. It also highlights ways specific colors encourage you to go after your bliss and thrive.





See Colors of Joy Now! Order one for yourself, and give it as a no-hassle way to holiday shop online. 


Before I sign off, I'll share that I'm grateful for my eyesight, and the opportunity to use my mind and creativity to keep on creating this blog month after month. 

I'm grateful to you dear reader for dropping by and paying me a visit. Please let me know you were here by commenting below about your favorite color quote or how you use colors in your life (no links in comments, as they won't be published). 

Please sign up for the Colors 4 Health Wellness News to learn more about tips to help you live a healthy lifestyle. 

Happy Thanksgiving to One and All and Many Blessings to You.

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