Dopamine Dressing : 3 Ways to Dress Yourself Happy

*I first wrote this blog post in August of 2020 - unsure if we were sending our kids back to school, still unsure when we were going to spend quality time with extended family and friends - and although we have gotten more comfortable with our new normal - the anxiety has lived on in the world around us. As we close out 2021 it takes extra effort to focus on the good. I still believe a great outfit can make you have a great day.  >>>Shop Happy
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Everywhere you turn lately (and for a while now…) there is an alarming headline sharing some type of devastating natural disaster or terrifying statistic.  It can be crippling… especially if you focus on it.
 
I am a firm believer in you look good you feel good – so even if all you want to do is hide under the covers (hello me, after every mention of a tornado) -  here are 3 ways to get dressed and calm your nerves.
 
Wear a sentimental item. When you need a happy boost, pick one item in your closet that is associated with a good memory. Whether it’s a top you wore on a special date with your partner, or a dress that was your grandma’s, when you pass by the mirror in that special something, it’ll make you smile.
 
Comfort is Key. This is a good one when you’re anxious. Comfort doesn’t have to mean pajamas either… For you maybe it’s to choose glasses over contacts? Maybe it’s leggings over jeans? Pick one item to swap and make it your most comfortable. Who needs to stress about a bodysuit wedgie on the day you’re getting texts about quarantine schedules?
 
Wear blue. Perfect for the days you need to slow down and be present. The color blue represents calm and peace. It will keep you relaxed and feeling at ease – and bring some joy into this stressful time.
 
Bonus - Wear your smile! Did you know that when you are feeling down and you force your face to make a smile, your brain releases happy hormones? And then you really smile. And then when you really smile – everyone around you will smile. It’s contagious!

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