By Shay Greenwood

How you dress from day to day can impact your mental health. A study found that 96 percent of those surveyed felt their emotional state changed depending on what clothes they picked out to wear. Here are some ways to think about your wardrobe in order to boost your mood.

Embrace simplicity and contentment.

So often, you think you don’t have enough clothes when really your closet is such a hot mess that you can’t see the items you love. I’m a living witness. The best way I can boost my mood when my closet feels overwhelming is to simplify it. Ask yourself: What do I love and wear repeatedly? Keep it. What feels easy and comfortable to wear? Keep it. Everything else doesn’t need to be there. Of course, this is easier said than done. 

Then, we need to practice being content. I have to practice being content when I simplify so I don’t feel the need to go find more items to add to my closet. Otherwise, the clutter starts again. Philippians 4:11 reminds us, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” The Lord has to constantly help me with this.

Express yourself.

Who are you? What’s your personal style? How do you want to represent who you are in Christ? Dressing in a way that reflects your personal style and values can boost your confidence. If you’re dressing like others just because it’s trendy, it may not be your own style or fit your values. It’s important to evaluate how you want to express yourself by putting blinders on to what everyone else is doing. It’s OK not to follow trends. It’s OK to follow how the Lord wants you to dress. 

Get a mood boost from color. 

If you’re like me, you might find it difficult to wear something other than black, white, tan or brown. But if you need an instant mood boost, try adding a brighter color to your outfit. What are some colors that make you feel joyful? How can you add them to your wardrobe? If you feel uncomfortable wearing an outfit in that color, what about an accessory? 

Be mindful of what you put on and how you feel. 

Planning your outfit ahead of time can have a positive impact on your day. Think about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. Does your outfit match that? It will put you in a better mood knowing your outfit fits the occasion. Dressing appropriately for professional, social or casual occasions can give you a sense of preparedness and assurance. This can help alleviate anxiety and allow you to focus on the present. 

Which one of these suggestions will you implement? Which one do you think will boost your mood immediately? Let me hear from you. 

Shay is a style coach with a mission to help women look and feel their best! Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @shaygreenwood.