Getting the Blues

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, June 6, 2016 IN: Fashion Health

Getting the Blues
Why is the color blue associated with depression?  Does anyone know why this color is affiliated with being in a funk?  Let’s examine what ‘having the blues’ really means.

Getting the Blues

In my Just Do It post, I shared the checklist for important screenings and check-ups.  When I compiled the list, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of notations associated with mental health. That’s because physical and mental health are closely connected.

Location: Fort Hunter, Harrisburg, PA. Wearing Lafayette 148 New York Silk Tunic Top in Azure Blue, J. Crew Minnie Pant in Royal Blue and Boden suede slide.

Location: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Harrisburg, PA. Wearing Lafayette 148 New York Silk Tunic Top in Azure Blue from, J. Crew Minnie Pant in Royal Blue, Boden Thelma suede slide and Mansur Gavriel black leather tote  with royal blue lining.  Jewelry:  J. Crew bead tassel earrings, My Tiffany and Company collection of charms and my Fitbit.  Sunnies: Prada Linea Rossa PS 50RS Rimless Pale Gold w/Blue Mirror Lens.

According to the LiveScience color wheel, different colors describe happiness versus depression. Colors are often used as metaphors for moods.  Everyone loves blue because it’s nature’s color for water and sky but is rarely found in fruits and vegetables. Blue has very few connections to taste or smell.

Getting the Blues

Anime girl with crying eyes.

An interesting tidbit from Wikipedia, Blue is associated with the fifth chakra, located in the throat.  It is therefore connected to communication.  Someone who speaks the truth and is faithful in all ways is ‘true blue.’  When communication is lacking, we can talk to someone until we are “blue in the face.”

Depression Glass

Blue Depression Glass

The color blue, particularly in American culture, represents depression and sadness.  Perhaps it’s origins are deeply rooted in the folk music popular among former slaves living in the Mississippi Delta following the Civil War.  Or perhaps, B.B. KIng’s (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015) songs of misfortune, betrayal, and regret. Even “father of modern Chicago blues singer”, Muddy Waters (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983) name evokes thoughts of personal adversity.

The Old Guitarist, 1903 from the Art INstitute of Chicago. During Pablo Picasso's Blue Period. During this time he painted somber works, essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green

The Old Guitarist, 1903 from the Art Institute of Chicago. During Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period. During this period he painted somber works, essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green

No single person invented the musical genre, the blues, but many people claimed to have discovered the genre.  For instance, minstrel show bandleader W. C. Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) insisted that the blues were revealed to him in 1903 by an itinerant street guitarist at a train station in Mississipi.

Keep yourself from getting the blues by following these suggested tips:
•   Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night
•  Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
•  Eat a balanced diet.
•  Take time to do something you enjoy, like connecting with a friend or reading.
•  Try yoga – it can lower stress and help with anxiety and depression
•  Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it.
•  Volunteer!  Helping others makes you feel good.

Have a fabulous week?





  • I always thought it was interesting that such a peaceful color has always been associated with depression. When I was only blogging about nails, there was always a few Blue Monday nails.

    Your silk top is beautiful. Silk is one of my favorite fabrics to wear. And Picasso did finally get out of his “Blue Period ” and next had his happier “Rose Period” Take care, Terri

    • Terri,
      Hi! I always appreciate you stopping by The Age of Grace. I agree with you about blue being a peaceful color so it is amazing how it is associated with depression. I like you like silk as a favorite fabric, so durable as a natural fabric.
      I will look into Picasso’s “rose period,” examining this period might be an excellent post, thanks!