HOW TO USE CLOTHES TO FIX A BAD MOOD
Article by Yroko Marie Drevon
Philosophy of People
Magazine: Issue #18
We all have moments when we feel down in the dumps. On those days you most likely just want to hide from the world under the covers, or throw on your sweats and drown your sorrows in ice cream. Dressing up and making an extra effort is probably the last thing on your mind.
But what if changing our outfit could help fix a bad mood?
You can help lessen the effects of a bad mood with these simple tricks:
Dress Like It’s Your Birthday
When you get dressed pick out a special outfit or one that always makes you feel good. Pick that pair of jeans that just make you feel like extra hot stuff or a dress that makes you feel effortlessly chic.
The key here is not to get hung up on the outfit. Pick something you already know looks good together and something that has made you feel good when you wear it. When we look better, we feel better. Also, the process of focusing on something else, like picking a cute outfit, can distract us so we're not focused on any negative mind chatter. It's a modern girl meditation of sorts.
Do your hair and put on makeup if you wear it and then adorn yourself with jewelry or special pieces that you love to wear. Do you have a necklace that you only wear on special occasions? Life is in every moment and even a funky mood can be a reason to do something extra special.
Smile, Smile, Smile
Sure, you feel bad and maybe you'll be dressed up with your hair looking nice and a little bit of makeup and you still feel grumpy, sad, or just off. And maybe the thought of smiling when you feel bad makes you want to scream or roll your eyes, but don't count it out yet!
Look in the mirror and smile your biggest fake smile with all your teeth showing. Try to hold your smile for a minute. When we smile, even a fake smile, it signals to our bodies that we're safe. It also causes our bodies to release endorphins which help us feel good. (I'm not kidding this is real science!)
The perfect outfit isn't going to solve all of life's problems, but it can help ease you into a better mood.
Philosophy of People is a compilation of self-improvement articles written by entrepreneurs seeking to bring holistic solutions to everyday problems. Read more articles from our 2nd Year Anniversary issue.
Yroko Marie Drevon is a Life Coach and Co-owner of Equipe Major Boutique. Yroko is obsessed with living a life that is beauty full and believes we should all dress like we only live once. Visit Equipe Major to shop the store, check out the latest life & style tips on the blog, and stay up to date on the launch of the Equipe Major clothing line debuting Winter 2014.