A Kaleidoscope of Color
There have been times in my recovery journey where I surrounded my self with gray black, white, and blue. My environment perfectly reflected my internal life.
One day after reading something written by Dr. Andrew Weil, I determined I would add at least one of his recommendations to my life each month. I could not do a lot; ironically, I didn’t have the energy or the money to add many wellness strategies to my life. But I did determine I would add at least one—and the easiest one I could find was to add a fresh flower each week to my front table.
There were weeks where I could barely find the money for gas or food, but I usually found a little money for at least one carnation. I noticed slowly that that little bit of color had an impact on my life as I passed it in the morning and in the evening. It brightened up that little space. One day, when I was able to manage it, I bought a scarf in the same shade as a flower I had in my home and added that little bit of color to my life. Once again, I could see the difference that little bit of brightness made. Slowly, over time, I found myself adding color in a lot of little ways to my life. A bit of colored glass, a bright blanket for my couch…it didn’t have to be huge, but it made a difference.
I now surround myself with color. It is a part of my wellness strategy. The bright colors make my eyes happy and soothe my heart.
For some of us, color can be too much stimulation, and our mood is best when we ensure we are surrounded with soothing and calming tones. DBSA’s classic video Dark Glasses and Kaleidoscopes uses the images of a kaleidoscope for understanding the feeling of mania and of dark glasses for seeing the world when living with depression.
Do you find color helpful, or is it too stimulating? What other tricks do you have that help you on your recovery journey?
Published On: March 29, 2007
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