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Dress for Success: How Dressing Well Can Boost Your Confidence

Having a healthy self-confidence is vital to your well-being. Not only is it mentally and emotionally beneficial for you to feel good about yourself, but it can actually make you more successful!

Multiple studies have shown that dressing well increases your performance and heightens others’ impressions of you. For example, wearing clothes that make you feel important or intelligent can change the way you interact with others as well as your cognitive functioning. It can even make the difference between poor test scores and acing an exam.

What’s more, other people will make different assumptions about you based on the way you dress. This means you can make yourself smarter or more powerful based on your clothes alone. A change of wardrobe can help you get the job you want, the deals you want, the recognition you want, and even the mate you want. It’s that powerful.

Some people might feel like success and status are not as important as other things in life. They may see caring about clothing and first impressions as “shallow” or materialistic. 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. Dressing well takes advantage of this finding and allows us to literally dress for success.

The symbolism behind what you wear has more of an impact on your behavior and self-confidence than the clothes themselves. These studies show that when you wear an outfit that you associate with intelligence and power, you’re likely to do better and feel better than when wearing clothing that you associate with sloppiness or low-skilled work.
However, not everyone needs to jump into an Armani suit to feel good about themselves. Dressing in clothes that make you feel YOUR best benefits your confidence the most, whether you’re wearing a football jersey or a designer suit.

Beyond showing off your personal style, there are a few other things you can do to help you dress your best and increase your confidence:

1. Wear clothes that fit

Take the time to measure yourself properly and try on your clothes before you buy. Have your clothes altered by your tailor for a perfect fit, if you have the means. Well-fitting clothes are flattering for your figure and they also make you appear more put together and in control.

2. Dress appropriately for the season

Always dress for the weather outside. This keeps you comfortable and shows that you are sensible and fashionable. Make sure you have a quality jacket for winter, a few light sweaters for spring and fall, and some flattering summer clothes.

3. Dress for the occasion

If you’re required to present at a meeting, wear whatever makes you feel the most intelligent and powerful. This will more than likely be a suit or other business attire, but it could also be a worker’s uniform such as scrubs and a lab coat. Likewise, if you need to be creative, wear clothing that makes you feel open-minded and inventive. Always pay attention to the attributes you give to your clothing before you put them on and start your day.

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ANXIETY

The main symptom of anxiety disorders is excessive fear or worry. Anxiety disorders can also make it hard to breathe, sleep, stay still, and concentrate. Your specific symptoms depend on the type of anxiety disorder you have. Common symptoms are: Panic, fear, and uneasiness

How to Stop Feeling Anxious Right Now

1. Stay in your time zone.

Anxiety is a future-oriented state of mind. So instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, “reel yourself back to the present,” says Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety. Ask yourself: What’s happening right now? Am I safe? Is there something I need to do right now? If not, make an “appointment” to check in with yourself later in the day to revisit your worries so those distant scenarios don’t throw you off track, she says.

2. Relabel what’s happening.

Panic attacks can often make you feel like you’re dying or having a heart attack. Remind yourself: “I’m having a panic attack, but it’s harmless, it’s temporary, and there’s nothing I need to do,” Chansky says. Plus, keep in mind it really is the opposite of a sign of impending death — your body is activating its fight-or-flight response, the system that’s going to keep you alive, she says. 

3. Fact-check your thoughts.

People with anxiety often fixate on worst-case scenarios, Chansky says. To combat these worries, think about how realistic they are. Say you’re nervous about a big presentation at work. Rather than think, “I’m going to bomb,” for example, say, “I’m nervous, but I’m prepared. Some things will go well, and some may not,” she suggests. Getting into a pattern of rethinking your fears helps train your brain to come up with a rational way to deal with your anxious thoughts.

4. Breathe in and out.

Deep breathing helps you calm down. While you may have heard about specific breathing exercises, you don’t need to worry about counting out a certain number of breaths, Chansky says. Instead just focus on evenly inhaling and exhaling. This will help slow down and re-center your mind, she says.

5. Follow the 3-3-3 rule.

Look around you and name three things you see. Then, name three sounds you hear. Finally, move three parts of your body — your ankle, fingers, or arm. Whenever you feel your brain going 100 miles per hour, this mental trick can help center your mind, bringing you back to the present moment, Chansky says.

6. Just do something.

Stand up, take a walk, throw away a piece of trash from your desk — any action that interrupts your train of thought helps you regain a sense of control, Chansky suggests. 

7. Stand up straight.

“When we are anxious, we protect our upper body — where our heart and lungs are located — by hunching over,” Chansky says. For an immediate physical antidote to this natural reaction, pull your shoulders back, stand or sit with your feet apart, and open your chest. This helps your body start to sense that it’s back in control, she says. 

8. Stay away from sugar.

It may be tempting to reach for something sweet when you’re stressed, but that chocolate bar can do more harm than good, as research shows that eating too much sugar can worsen anxious feelings. Instead of reaching into the candy bowl, drink a glass of water or eat protein, Chansky says, which will provide a slow energy your body can use to recover. 

9. Ask for a second opinion.

Call or text a friend or family member and run through your worries with them, Chansky says. “Saying them aloud to someone else can help you see them clearly for what they are.” It can also help to write your fears on paper. 

10. Watch a funny video.

This final tactic may be the easiest one yet: Cue up clips of your favorite comedian or funny TV show. Laughing is a good prescription for an anxious mind, Chansky says. Research shows that laughter has lots of benefits for our mental health and well-being; one study found that humor could help lower anxiety as much as (or even more than) exercise can. 

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The juice fast

WHAT IS IT?

Exactly what it says on the carton. Ingest nothing but liquefied fruits, roots and vegetables for a set period – anything from 24 hours up to an entire week

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The concept has been buoyed by numerous high-profile Hollywood endorsements as well as the widespread assumption that anything green is good for you. As for what you’re meant to get out of it? Juice-fast advocates evangelise about the method’s ability to reverse digestive damage and flush ‘toxins’ from the body. There are a

few drops of truth to those claims: a UCLA study observed an increase in participants’ general wellbeing after a three-day ‘cleanse’, along with a rise in healthy gut bacteria. Meanwhile, kale juice has been associated with a rise in HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and both citrus fruits and carrot have been linked to a lower risk of developing heart disease.

But – and it’s a big but – Harvard Medical School experts have critiqued the lack of scientific evidence for most of juicing’s benefits, especially the vague claims that

it can ‘detoxify’ the body (that’s what your liver and kidneys do). Sure, kale and other healthy foods will support your body’s natural healing processes, but the science suggests that they work just as well when sautéed – maybe along with those morning eggs – as sunk from a plastic bottle. Plus, by stripping the fibre out of fresh produce, you concentrate the sugar. ‘Even if you’ve got plenty of vitamins and minerals, all of that sugar means you’re raising your insulin levels very high,’ says Miller. ‘Most juices don’t include any protein, either, so you’re not getting the nutrients needed to support muscle recovery.’

Lacklustre workouts and cartwheeling energy levels? You’re alright, thanks. Just as, with the best will in the world, you’re no Spartan warrior queen, neither are you a yogini going deeper into your practice on a Balinese beach.

If you must give it a go, fast for just one or two days, ideally when you don’t have much on, and supplement your juice with a blended bean broth for satiating fibre and a touch of protein.

You’re salivating too, right? so will you be giving it a try?

Wellness Wednesday -THE MIND

With everything going on with the global pandemic, health and well-being are top of mind for many. Whilst we should continue doing our part to follow published guidelines like social distancing and hand washing, many of us also want to apply some POSITIVE MIND techniques to this time. Here we go! 10 Health Affirmations Use these health affirmations to promote positive thoughts towards your well-being and attract healthy energy via Law of Attraction. As Abraham Hicks says, well being is our natural state! Call it (IT ALL STARTS WITH YOUR MIND)