Why dressing well is good for your mental health

With the introduction of the new lock down and the consequent restrictions, many of us may be feeling upset about not being able to spend time with love ones. When we feel down making an effort may not feel worthwhile. It is more important than ever to take proactive measures to ensure
good mental health and there are various ways you can naturally help to increase the production of the feel good chemical, serotonin. This blog post will focus on just one way, getting ‘dressed up’. If you only put on your ‘best’ clothes when you are going out or are going to be seen by other people, than you are missing out!

When we get ready with a conscious effort a few things happen. You think about what to wear and how you want to look, you take more time getting ready and you concentrate on something you are in complete control of. All of these aspects of getting dressed up are good for your mental health so
even before you go anywhere your brain will already be responding. Next something magical happens, because you have made yourself a priority and focused on your needs for a while, you start to feel happier. This happens even if you stay in and don’t see anyone, although many of us will still
socialise online and dressing up will also help you to feel more confident about going on webcam.

An article by Hajo Adam, Adam D. Galinsky, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, introduces ‘the term “enclothed cognition” to describe the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer's psychological processes.’ This basically means that our clothes impact
how we think and in turn feel about ourselves. This can be for a few reasons, when we take time to get ready, we feel less stressed and that puts us in a more relaxed state, we also feel more confident when we know we look our best.

However, some scientists have shown that the way we feel about ourselves
is often directly linked to our appearance, whether we realize it or not. 1.
This is attributed to the fact that our minds store memories about when we felt good last in the outfit, or if it’s a new outfit it can even be the happy feeling we first felt when we bought it.
Whatever the scientific reasons if you are still not convinced, I challenge you to just try it. Have a dress up Saturday night, choose your outfit on Friday and give yourself time to get ready on Saturday. If you need motivation join an online group and get dressed up before you go on webcam.

One last tip, if you have never worn a wig or hairpiece give it a go. Both can instantly transform how you look and help you embrace dressing up.

As well as blogging Annabelle has her cosmeticsurgeryadvancements.com website, with the only plastic surgeon directory online that verifies all consultant's qualifications and memberships to professional bodies on a 3 month rolling basis and posts regular blogs on all current plastic surgery procedures.


1. Bernice Gomez How Dressing Well Can Boost Your Confidence

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