Medicine
The meaning of colours: red
Emanuela Brumana - 12/01/2016
Red

The daily routine begins again in January: we have to start setting the alarm clock and the sense of relaxation from the holiday period begins to gradually ebb away. As if that weren't enough, the coldest days of the year are just around the corner. It can happen that we might feel a bit apathetic, demotivated and not inclined to being outgoing. Nevertheless, there's a colour that can help us to put some heat and energy back into our day-to-day existence: red!

More than anything else, this colour represents heat and can give us physical and emotional drive during these snowy and cold days. Red is actually the colour of desire and can also be interpreted as the desire to live and change. It's also useful for unlocking situations where we're not able to make a decision, as well as helping us to open ourselves up to other people.

From a physical point of view – as we have just said – red is a warming colour and therefore it is often used to cure colds. Furthermore, it can increase blood pressure and aid circulation: putting your hands and feet into a ray of red light helps you to feel less cold, while taking a warm shower with red light shining at your body will increase the warming effect of the water.

 

Nevertheless, as it is such a strong colour, red does have some contraindications. From a psychological point of view, it shouldn't be used with tense or irascible individuals based on its powerful aggressive component. Also, from a physical point of view, it's not advised for use with people who have high blood pressure.

All that taken into account however, it's all systems go for red to return a bit of passion and energy to grey winter days. To help ease the process of picking up the routine again, treat yourself to a spa course and choose to warm up with the recommendations of chromotherapy!

Emanuela Brumana
Graduate in Phylosophy, currently works as an editor in the publishing industry and writes texts for web. Painter and illustrator under the pseudonym ebmela.