Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How is Ambiance related to Stress

The right colors and a conducive atmosphere can make all the difference in creating a relaxed atmosphere at your home or the workplace. The medical use of colors dates back to medieval times. When a son of King Edward I was stricken with smallpox, John of Gaddesden, the royal physician, surrounded his bed with red cloth. This considerably reduced the disfiguring effects of pitting. Back then, treatment with red cloth was done for mystical purposes, the actual benefits of the color being unknown. It was 600 years later that Niels Finsen, the Danish pioneer of phototherapy, discovered the treatment succeeded because it prevented ultraviolet light from reaching the patient's sensitive skin.

Finsen later showed that lupus (a tubercular skin condition) improved when subjected to ultraviolet rays. 

Nearer home, despite being in the pressure-cooker field of advertising, Bharat Dabholkar of Zen Communications has reduced stress levels and created a homely atmosphere by having his office designed colorfully and aesthetically with space for pets of all hues, including a massive fish tank.

Avoid using black or dark colors as they create a negative, morose ambiance. Use subtle or brighter shades depending on the mood you wish to create in a particular room. For instance the color green is especially soothing to the eye. 

Bonsais, indoor plants, fountains, waterfalls and instrumental music can all impart a relaxed, natural atmosphere. And you don't need Zen to bring your stress levels to zero-wind chimes at their tinkling best are the surefire winner. 
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