Fascinating article in today's Washington Post about the link between emotion and color perception. It appears that when we are sad we struggle to see colors in the blue and yellow ranges. Interesting that blues are traditionally associated with calm feelings, and yellow with happy feelings. When our inner landscape is clouded with sadness, it may be that we don't even derive comfort from the calm and happy colors around us! Talk about a double whammy!
On the other hand, when I am sad or stressed, I find working on a creative project such an outlet, partly because it requires concentration. My brain works best when I leave it alone to get on with processing, and don't keep poking it for answers. One more reason to keep dyeing and stitching!