We get it – you may feel no need to dress up since you’re home all day. You don’t have the motivation to put something decent on. And that’s completely fine. Staying home is usually associated with staying in comfy pajamas and tees. But it doesn't have to be.
The pandemic has put our normal lives on pause for a little bit, and while there’s a lot of uncertainty right now, you can still try to maintain your old routine. Whether you’re working from home, studying online, or taking this time as an opportunity to rest and cover, dressing up each day is still so important.
Here are a few reasons why:
Lounging around in sweats is great and having a lazy day can be a helpful way to recuperate your mind and body after a busy week. But staying in your pajamas every day during quarantine could actually have a negative impact on how motivated you’re feeling. Psychologists like Jennifer Musselman say that staying in your pajamas all day sets your mood and leaves you feeling stuck.
Me changing from one pair of pajamas to another during self-quarantine pic.twitter.com/vBOArSugI6— Ri (@jolly_thekid) March 15, 2020
So try throwing on some cute pants, even add a colourful tee, and watch as your spirits are lifted.
KEEPING A ROUTINE
Even keeping up with what day of the week it is has become an extra effort during quarantine. Time can appear to slow down now that we’re all staying at home.
But sticking to a routine is still very important. To set the tone for the day, try waking up at the same time everyday and getting dressed first thing in the morning like you would have on a normal day. That will help you set the tone for the day. When we make the effort to shower and put on some nice clothes, we tend to feel more put-together, confident, and ready to take on the day. This can help us be more productive, optimistic, and focused.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIMENT
The general consensus is that we’re in lock down - so that fashion or style risk you’ve been thinking about for a while now? Take it.
If you’ve been interested to see how a certain item of clothing or certain style would look on you, now is as good a time as any to have a go. Put on an outfit that you haven’t worn before, become comfortable in it, experiment with different accessories or shoes.
Quarantine is not an easy time for anyone and it will take resilience, positivity and most importantly, hope, to see all of us through. And while staying at home isn’t always terribly exciting, by doing so you’re making a larger impact than you know.
Dressing up every day might seem like a tedious task when you have nowhere to go, but ultimately, if it helps keep you in a positive frame of mind, then it’s definitely worth it.