5 ways fashion can help you with your anxiety

There’s a war that’s been going on for ages now, but it’s a battle that not many people talk about. You will rarely hear about the battle between gay people and anxiety and depression in the media, but it’s definitely something that we should all be aware of. However, we will leave the reasons why […]

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This article was published on May 18th, 2019

There’s a war that’s been going on for ages now, but it’s a battle that not many people talk about. You will rarely hear about the battle between gay people and anxiety and depression in the media, but it’s definitely something that we should all be aware of. However, we will leave the reasons why gay people feel like that for some other time, and focus now on trying to help them out just a bit.

There are plenty of ways in which a person can fight anxiety and depression, and even though it might seem silly at first, fashion is one of them. But how can fashion affect our mood and our mental state? To what extent, and when actually? Take a look at this article and if you’re a gay guy suffering from anxiety, follow these tips to the letter and you will definitely see the difference.

It’s creative

First of all, it’s very important to mention how creativity is important for the mental state of the person. It is known to have therapeutic properties for the mind, and fashion can definitely play a big role here.

First of all, it can come in the form of creating and sewing your own clothes. Not only is this quite an interesting hobby, but if you’re really into it, you can create something that you will proudly wear in public, and it’s a great way to fight the negative feelings inside your head. Moreover, trying to find different pieces of clothing and matching them together is also a very creative process that you should encourage. Being a fashionable gay man is always a plus as it can do wonders for your self-confidence and perception of self.

It makes you feel good

Let’s not forget the feel-good factor that fashion can provide. We all have our favorite pieces of clothing that we gladly wear, so it’s quite definite that fashion can improve our mood. Finding a garment that we like and look good in is definitely something that can make our day, so it’s always important to focus on those moments. If you want to dress to impress, feel free to do it, regardless of the situation or event. Go get yourself some of the best men’s shirts and match them with good pants and killer shoes. It doesn’t matter that you’re only going to the movies; if you want to be dapper today, do so. You love wearing nice things and that’s amazing.

You’ll take great photos

Once we look good and feel good about ourselves, the most logical thing is that we will ask the person next to us to take a photo. Or two, or three. Even though it might not seem so, taking photos and sharing them online is a great exercise for fighting depression and anxiety. Firstly, it makes us feel satisfied as we probably love the way the photo turned out, and at the same time, we are pleased with ourselves, which is always super important. So, never underestimate the photos of other people, as they posted it because they feel good about it. It’s your job to give them a like.

It may be a nice distraction

What is very important to note is that we always dress according to how we feel and vice versa. If you think about it, you will always stop wearing the clothes (or simply throw them) that remind you of your ex-boyfriend. So, yes, fashion can be a distraction. By thinking about your clothes you will have less time to focus on the things which trigger your anxiety and depression. Try to see what clothes in your wardrobe you should keep and which ones you should throw away. Also, spend time creating different outfits in your mind, and try to find the best one that will dazzle everyone around you.

Find your style

Finally, words barely express what finding your own style can do for you and your overall mood. After all, even if you like a style that’s not trendy right now, go for it. Don’t let anyone tell you what (not) to wear, and don’t let fashion hold you back. What matters the most is that you feel good in your skin.

To conclude, there are different ways in which you can fight your anxiety, starting from talking to a professional to taking up sports and hobbies that you enjoy in. However, you might want to include this fashion-wise treatment as well. What can you lose?

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