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How your clothing can impact your mental health

“Clothes invade the body and brain, putting the wearer into a different psychological state.”

According to a study conducted by Adam G. Galinsky, a professor at Kellogg School of Management,

We can all relate to this in some way.

We’ve all experienced those days when you leave the house feeling like you could walk the runway in your perfectly put together ensemble. But we also have those more unfortunate days where we’re in a rush and only have time to throw on whatever is closest. Your mood may even be different depending on the outfit choices you make.

Well, it turns out there is actual logic and rationality behind these feelings.

Here are some ways your wardrobe can positively impact your overall well being:

Your clothing can make you more confident

When you are particularly loving an outfit you are wearing, your body language shows this. The more uncomfortable you are in a piece of clothing, the more self conscious you become. Something as small and simple as your bra can have a huge effect on you and how you present yourself to others.

Ill fitting bras can squeeze your ribs and create back bulges which have severe mental impacts on how you feel about yourself. Take the time to find a bra that is tailored to you, one that is comfortable and still supports you. Give yourself the perfect base to get that runway feel every day.

Better to give than to receive

Compliments surrounding your clothing can also have a big impact on your day-to-day confidence. Research shows that even giving a sincere compliment gives you the same positive boost as receiving money! Telling your peers that you like their style or complimenting their color choice will uplift your own confidence and create a positive atmosphere. And of course, receiving compliments gives you an extreme boost. When you feel confident in what you are wearing, your peers will pick up on that. When you’re self-assured, you’re less stressed, less anxious, and have a more clear focus on what you need to accomplish that day.

Your clothing can make your perform better

If you’re looking for a way to improve your productivity at both the gym and work, again your answer is your wardrobe! Dressing specifically for the task at hand is more important than you think. Showing up to the gym in improper attire sets you on a path for a useless work out. Come prepared with clothing that has breathable material and is flexible enough to complete your workouts. Performing to the best of your ability can and will improve your mental health.

Similar to the gym, showing up to work in the wrong attire can prevent productivity. Coming in clothes you normally lounge around in sends a signal to your brain that it is time to relax. You will be more likely to become distracted as the day goes on, and will not reach your full potential. Dress for the role you’re responsible for and set an example for your colleagues!

Your clothing can make you happier

Whether you wear bright colors to keep you motivated and positive throughout the day or you prefer an all black ensemble, wearing whatever you feel best in will ultimately boost your overall mood. They say when you look good, you feel good, so it’s important to opt for clothing options that will help lift your spirits! Feel free to refer to this article on how each color can be perceived in the workplace! Opt for the colors that can alter your perspective for the day in a positive way. Those around you will also reap the benefits of the colors you wear as they’re exposed to it.

The next time you’re getting dressed in the morning, put these thoughts into consideration to really make an impact on yourself and those around you.

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