Whenever you’re having a bad-hair day, you can just grab a hat, cover it all up and not feel self-conscious about it all throughout the day. But what about feeling-fat days? Clearly, you haven’t gained 10 pounds over night, yet somehow the pants that looked fine on you just a couple of days ago seem to be tight and unflattering today. You begin to over analyze the image reflected in the mirror and notice that your arms look chubbier, you face appears rounder and your waistline is less defined. This has less to do with your actual body weight and more with an uncomfortable, irrational feeling of “bigness” that makes you want to spend the rest of the day in bed. However, you can still have a pleasant, productive day, you just need to talk yourself through it and use these simple tricks.
Wear red: Colors do affect your mood; it’s a scientific fact! Green, for instance, can calm you down while yellow can lift your spirits and bring a bit of joy into your heart. Red works magic because it evokes courage, strength, and power and it reminds you that you already posses those qualities, you just need to bring them out. Wearing red on days like these is saying: “I am still allowed to be loved and love myself, regardless of my weight”. Plus, if you choose the right shade of red, it will compliment your skin and make it glow.
Play some good music: We all have a special song we like to blast when we’re feeling a bit down. Music does have the power to alter your mood, make you happier, more energetic and optimistic. Don’t be afraid to dance to your favorite song: you’ll lose some calories and all that effort will bring a bit of color to your cheeks, making you radiant.
Wear a belt: It may seem a bit odd, because on “feeling-fat” days all you want to do is hide your body. But trust me, wearing a belt will remind you that your body does actually have a shape, you need to mark your your waist line, not make it disappear under five layers of fabric. Women often have a distorted perception about the size of their waist, many imagine it’s much larger than it actually is. You could try your own little experiment: extend your arms to estimate the size of your waist, then slowly bring them down and compare it to your actual waist line. Wearing a belt offers you the opportunity to distinguish between your ideas about how big you are and your actual body size.