Surround Yourself With Colors

Stress Relief Tool – Surround Yourself with Colors

Research in neuroscience and psychology has shown the colors that we surround ourselves with on a daily basis can affect how we feel.

Drab office environments with blank walls and fluorescent lighting bring me down, so I always enliven my workspace with sports pennants and memorabilia of my favorite teams and venues I have had the pleasure of seeing live. These vivid colors perked me up during the day and allowed me to have an identity within the typical office environment.

Research in neuroscience and psychology has shown the colors that we surround ourselves with on a daily basis can affect how we feel, so the choice of color in our workplaces is important.1

“Color psychology” looks at the properties of certain colors in relation to mood, and it has shown that green is a mood-enhancing, stress-busting color. Therefore, natural elements such as plants can help create buffers between anxiety triggers and employees.2 I’ve seen this phenomenon work firsthand after installing hundreds of indoor plants in client workspaces with the interior landscaping business I have had the pleasure to own since 2005.

So consider buying yourself a small plant and put it on your desk. Name your plant something fun for you to remember, and then care for it as per the instructions included in the soil stick. Greet your plant by its name in the morning and/or evening. Add other colorful elements to your work environment to perk you up and dissipate your stress.

And if you don’t have room in your office or on your desk for a plant, consider putting one in your bedroom. In addition to giving you something to greet in the morning/evening, it might even help you sleep better.3

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

  1. Agarwal, P. – How Do We Design Workplaces That Support Mental Health And Well-Being
  2. Lee, S. – Why Indoor Plants Make You Feel Better
  3. HappyDIYHome Staff – 35 Best Bedroom Plants for a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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