Posted by The News24 team on Wednesday, July 28, 2018 16:00:38When you’re walking down the street, don’t think about your clothes, think about the person you’re talking to.
That’s the gist of the new research into how the clothes of the rich and famous can affect our mental health.
It is well known that our bodies and minds become less fit when we are working in a high pressure job, for example.
But a new study suggests that we might be also vulnerable to the effects of social stress.
“Our research shows that the influence of social status and the perception of others on our behaviour can have an impact on our health,” Dr Susanne Stok, a clinical psychologist at the University of Copenhagen, told news.com.au.
“This could mean that we need to think about how we are perceived by others in order to make good choices about our own health and wellbeing.”
The research team, led by Dr Stok and Professor Hilde Håkon of the School of Psychology at the National Centre for Social Research, asked participants to fill out a survey about their lifestyle.
They then took part in a test measuring their psychological health.
Dr Stok told news, “We found that those who reported that they had experienced a high level of stress were less fit and more likely to have a lower mental health status.”
For example, those who had experienced the highest level of social pressure were less healthy, as well as having a lower quality of life and social isolation than people who had not experienced such pressures.
“When we looked at how these two factors were linked, we found that the more social pressure you experience, the less fit you are.”
“This means that it’s not that social stress itself causes you to be less fit,” Dr Stom said.
“You could say that the pressure to look good and to behave well is just a by-product of having high levels of social tension.”
“But there is a third factor that may be related to social stress,” she added.
“It could be the fact that you have to deal with the pressure that people around you are feeling and that you don’t want to get too stressed out.”
Dr Stom, who is also the co-author of “Caring for Ourselves: An Unwanted Obsession” was speaking at the 2016 Women’s Mental Health Conference in Sydney, Australia.
She said the findings show that social status affects the way we think about ourselves and others, and that our mental wellbeing could be affected by social stress as well.
“Social stress is not just about physical discomfort, but it’s about how much social pressure we feel,” she said.
“When we feel social stress, we may also feel the negative impact of social stigma and shame, which can lead to negative feelings about ourselves.”
She said we should pay more attention to what our clothes suggest, and to our own behaviour.
“People should also pay attention to the social pressure that they feel around them and how they look,” Dr Håkt said.
“This should be something that people take into account when choosing their clothes, especially if they are young and/or wearing expensive clothing.”
Also, if you have any social problems, you may want to consider getting help and finding a support group.
You should also make sure that you are taking steps to reduce your social pressure, for instance, by going to the gym regularly or taking time off work.
“If you have health problems, it is important that you take these steps and get regular check-ups,” Dr Hans Holm, professor of social psychology at Copenhagen’s Department of Psychology, said.
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