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DIY Guide to chromo therapy! How to surround yourselves with the right colours

Neera Maini Srivastav a Children’s/YA author, screenwriter, educator, and mindfulness coach, is back with her 6th book Hack The Boredom Code which focuses on helping the GenY overcome boredom and achieving their potential in a humorous way.

The book is divided into 3 sections: Mind, Body, and Spirit, which offers tips /hacks/solutions in each category that seed the respite from boredom in a fun, engaging way. The book is a ready reckoner for young adults to get by their highly stressful daily lives in a more meaningful, healthier and stimulating manner.

A companion of sorts, the book aims at delivering well-being to troubled young things by throwing open a world of ‘creative’ solutions to combat the new age ogre– boredom, including a ‘boredom tracker’- for journaling purposes.

Here’s an extract from the book Hack The Boredom Code where Neena talks about changing mood and influencing our thoughts using colours – it is a DIY Guide to Chromo therapy

Go Yellow for the Blues

DIY GuideEver wonder why you choose to wear red one day and blue the next? Or why you feel happy in one friend’s living room, but sleepy in another’s? Or why you’d never ever buy a dull green car? Or why we say ‘I am in the blues!’

There’s no doubt that we’re influenced by colours. Colour is one of the languages of the soul.

Research has shown that colours promote interaction where language may fail. Colours affect our depth perception, for instance: Light colours make space look big and high ceiling looks less high when painted in a dark colour. Colours influence the energy in our body. Colours affect our mood because colour has a particular wavelength and energy. Ancient cultures in Egypt, China and India, built great halls for colour healing where patients were bathed

in light that was filtered through various coloured glass panels or windows. It was believed to heal the tired body. Today, this method still exists as a cure for both adults and children with learning difficulties. Practitioners believe that colours help to adjust us emotionally, physically and mentally.

Research to date, however, has found that, in general, we associate the following colours with the following emotions:

Red:    Aggressiveness, energy, movement, confidence, stimulation, intensity

Yellow: Happiness, vitality, improved mood, optimism, laughter

White: Sterility, cleanliness, purity, innocence, light

Pink: Calm, reduced appetite, sweetness, love and romance

Green: Renewal, openness, peace, prosperity, tranquillity

Black: Strength,         toughness,       power, anger, authority, intelligence

Blue: Openness, space, contemplation, focus, serenity

Orange: Energy, ambition, activity, socialization, freeing

Brown: Reliability, stability, wholesome, organic, natural

Purple: Intuition, creativity, luxury, spiritual, wisdom, mystery

DIY GuideBest to try your own DIY Guide to chromo therapy! You can surround yourselves with the right colours, wear them or even splash those colours in a colouring book.

Get centered

Get out in nature where you can be surrounded by green things. Green connects us to the spiritual center, and brings our attention to the heart, alleviating stress and letting all those small worries just fade away with the breeze.

Cheer up

If life has been difficult lately, it may be time to bring in more yellow to your living and working spaces. Yellow is associated with optimism and good times. Choose bright and cheerful yellow pictures, drapes, or other decorations to help you feel better.

Book: Hack the Boredom Code
Author: Neera Maini Srivastav
Publisher: Garuda Prakashan
Price: Kindle (₹199) and Paperback (₹221)

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