Seasons are vital to the progression and evolution of our planet. They also offer humans the opportunity to consciously transition. Spring brings a sense of renewal, while summer is the time of never-ending days, prompting us to remain active, light in our spirits, and open to adventure. Autumn provides us with that easy shift from hot to cold, as we take advantage of utter comfort yet remain lighthearted. It is a true culmination of the year in its entirety. As the leaves change to fiery hues, we wholeheartedly embrace this time. But then winter hits, and people begin harping on seasonal depression.
The shorter days of winter can result in Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, whose symptoms include fatigue, depression, restlessness, and moodiness. But how can we take this time of grounding and slowing down to dig deep into ourselves to express our positivity and footprint in the world in a new manner: one that is different than any other season, but ultimately just as powerful in its own unique way?
Here is one way to ward off seasonal depression.
 Overcoming seasonal depression.

A Brief History of Colored Light Therapy

A means of restoring balance in the body by applying color to it, colored light therapy dates back to ancient Egypt and was also practiced in Greece, China, and India. In ancient India, the chakra system originated. This system harbors the energy of light in the area of the major nerve ganglions along the spine. The chakras are complete with energy that inhibit the regular flow of light and color in the body, including the nervous system. The Egyptians and Greeks used the Hermetic tradition for healing by means of utilizing colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves, and dyes. Traditional Chinese medicine uses the meridian system to give organs and glands energy through color. 
Applications of light and color have continued to be used worldwide as a means of healing. The thought is that full-spectrum, ultraviolet, colored, and laser light can treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, immune disorders and depression.

How It Works

Color therapy works as a healing mechanism by using the visible spectrum of light and color to alter the physical or mental state of an individual. The colors are each linked to a distinct frequency and vibration, which research suggests have certain effects that can positively shift the energy and frequencies within us. Aside from entering through our eyes, light can also make its way into our bodies via the skin by means of the meridian system and the chakra system.

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Here is a chart that shows you how colors are thought to alter a person’s wellbeing:

How to Do It

There are many ways to use color light therapy, including:

  • Painting rooms different colors or adding colors to clothing/homes
  • Taking advantage of colors in their natural environment
  • The utilization of crystals in healing rooms, which work by breaking up sunlight that shines through
  • Chromotherapy sauna rooms
  • Aura readings

For fast results, practitioners like to use colored gemstones, since they are rich in electromagnetic energy. They work to remove negative or unwanted energies from the body. Sometimes candles, colored lamps, fabric or eye lenses, crystal pyramids, colored baths, or lasers are used. You can also make your own colored water at home using a few glass bottles and colored cellophane papers for an easy way to take advantage of this type of therapy.


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Overcoming seasonal depression.

The Benefits

Various studies have attributed colored light therapy treatments to an increase circulation of oxygenated blood, boost metabolism, and aid in detoxification. They also provide revitalizing benefits to the nervous system and immune system. Furthermore, they can help with sleep, hormonal imbalances, and depression.

While it’s easy to take advantage of this time of year to mellow out, we often find ourselves suffering from the blues. But that negative energy can make way for bad habits and bad feelings as the shift to spring nears, so taking advantage of ways to re-balance can have you finding light even in the darkness, discovering new things about yourself, and prompting new ways to feel fulfilled.

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