Choosing a nail polish is more intuitive than strategic – you simply pick the color that appeals to you most at the exact moment – but it is possible to take a more thoughtful approach.
The polish we put on our nails can have a real impact on our mood, our energy and our relationships, both with ourselves and those around us. “When we wear a certain color on our body, we signal our nervous system and our subconscious that this is the energy we want to capture.” For that, you think about what I’m going to do in the coming weeks, figure out what you want to channel and what my intentions are, and use that to guide the color you choose.
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If you want: energy
“Red signifies action and movement.” It has a very strong influence on energy, so when you are feeling weak red is a great nail color. It helps you re-boost.
If you want: Self-love
“If I am going through a really difficult time and know that I need more self-compassion and self-love, I will go for pink nail polish.” It reminds us to be kind to ourselves, examine our thoughts and notice how those thoughts are testing us.
If you want to: be in tune with your emotions
“I sometimes call orange ‘the color of breakup’ because it is emotional.” Orange helps you let go of grief and get through change; it is such a beautiful color to help you cry and let go of all the emotion.
If you want to: be confident
“I like to use a subtle pastel yellow when trying to feel confident.” Not a big, vibrant yellow because it can be too stimulating for the brain, but a happy yellow that makes me feel good.
If you want to: connect with your vulnerable side
“I used to be put off by the colors green because I was really afraid of being vulnerable.” But spend a whole month using green and wearing it on your nails, and it really helps to connect with your vulnerable side – and it gives you more empowerment.
If you want to: be creative
“Purple is a good choice if you want to feel creative.” It can add a bit of drama around you, but it’s fun and can help you think outside the box.