Some circles are vicious, but some are tender. Ever think about that? Ever realize that you can get caught in a feedback loop of positivity and remain wrapped in its tendrils indefinitely? Let me tell you about one of my favorites, one that I’ve had years of personal experience with, and one that I love.
When I dress well – in a way that expresses my creativity, in clothes that make me feel strong and beautiful – I feel proud. Holistically proud of myself from the inside on outward.
Dressing in a way that makes me feel pride naturally boosts my body image. Feeling proud of how I look seeps into my consciousness, and makes me feel more serene in my physical form, more accepting and loving toward my body.
When my body image is thriving, my overall self-confidence soars. When I feel great about my body, all of the nattering worries about weight and shape and measuring up slowly begin to fall away and I can focus on being creative, innovative, helpful, supportive, enthusiastic, efficient, and wise. It never ceases to amaze me how feeling secure in my body can lead to feeling confident in my intellect and accomplishments.
Feeling confident in myself then boosts my pride yet again. I am able to look at what I’ve done and feel satisfied and fulfilled, energized, and excited to share my experiences with others.
Feeling pride in myself prompts a desire to express that pride. And for me, the quickest way to show the observing world how much I value myself is to dress in a way that expresses my creativity, in clothes that make me feel strong and beautiful. And we’re back where we started.
It’s not foolproof. It won’t work for everyone, and it doesn’t work for me every day. Sometimes our bodies, minds, and lives create other priorities for dressing that supersede dressing proudly. But the more days I dress to express personal pride, the more pride I feel. And there’s nothing vicious about that circle.
P.S. Since my argument hinges on a common phrase, some background.