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Experts reveal an easy way you can instantly lift your mood

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 09/10/2020 Anya Meyerowitz
a person posing for the camera: These expert-approved tips will help you lift your mood instantly - and best of all? You already have everything you need. © Flashpop - Getty Images These expert-approved tips will help you lift your mood instantly - and best of all? You already have everything you need.

At the beginning of lockdown, when many of us were struggling with low moods and anxiety, those who were in-the-know when it came to working from home had one key piece of advice: get dressed in the morning, don't just sit in your pyjamas.

At first we shrugged it off — surely working in our loungewear is one of the best parts of having a home office? — but, according to the experts, there are some pretty big benefits, aside from just looking our best during an impromptu Zoom call.

Professor Carolyn Mair PhD, a behavioural psychologist and author of The Psychology of Fashion believes clothes are our second skin and that it's more than just how the clothes make us feel when we wear them, that makes a difference.

'When we feel good in what we are wearing, we tend to be more confident. What we wear is how we show ourselves to those we interact with — we are influenced by their reaction to it. If we are well received, it boosts our confidence and can ultimately affect our wellbeing.'

Shakaila Forbes-Bell, fashion psychologist and founder of Fashion is Psychology agrees.

'People experience changes in their emotional state with a change in their style of dress,” she explains. 'When you wear clothes that make you feel confident, happy and empowered, they can act as armour, shielding you from negative feelings and experiences. Some studies have even found that clothes carry a tension release dimension, providing wearers with a dose of escapism that positively impacts their mental wellbeing during particularly trying times… the power of clothing to boost your mood lies in the associations you have with your clothes.'


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Both women were speaking as part of TU's 'Dress Well, Feel Good' campaign, which has just been launched by Sainsbury's.

Stephen Bowes, Head of Campaign Management for Sainsbury’s explains: 'It has been a challenging year for so many families and we wanted to create an optimistic and thought-provoking moment to signal a new season and inspire the nation to dress to feel good – at a time where perhaps we need that more than ever.'

And, on that note...

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