Fantastic news: Fighting stress might be as easy as being smart about what outfit you pull on in the morning (so scratch that New Year’s resolution to start practicing ten minutes of meditation every morning). Next time you have a situation that’s sure to bring up some icky feelings, think about a similar experience that went well.
What were you wearing?
“Intuitively we know context is a very important part of how the brain works,” cognitive psychologist Lawrence D. Rosenblum explained at the P&G Future Fabrics event this winter. “If you’ve had a good experience and will be in a similar situation, it makes sense to wear the same garments you wore in that context.”
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