Hi everyone, welcome back! I have a super interesting topic for you guys today!
Did you know that getting dressed in the morning has a surprisingly significant effect on various aspects of your day? It’s true!
And by getting dressed, I don’t mean simply throwing on whatever clothes are within reach. We can do better than that! I mean putting on real clothes, even if you’re working from home all day. It means getting ready for the day, even if you have no plans to leave the house.
Sure, it’s easy to stay in your pajamas all day, but spending the day in your pajamas, or similar clothing, can affect both your mood and your productivity. I know, it’s hard to believe. But this is proven fact.
There are several reasons for getting dressed every morning, whether you’re leaving the house or staying home all day. Read on for a round-up of all the reasons you should get dressed every day, as part of your overall self-care routine.
Importance Of Getting Dressed In The Morning
When you look good, you feel good.
What you wear can impact your mental health in surprising ways.
Mario Kondo, the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” shared that she always gets dressed, even on days when she’s working from home, because it sets her up to be more productive. She recommends wearing something that makes you feel confident.
Even if the clothes you put on are leggings and a t-shirt, getting dressed has a tendency to make you feel better. Plus, by putting on real clothes, you may become motivated to put some more effort into your appearance elsewhere, whether it’s putting on a little makeup or fixing your hair. And when you look good, you feel good.
Getting dressed every morning helps you maintain a routine.
Getting dressed every morning helps you maintain a routine, even if it’s one done entirely within the confines of your house. No matter whether you’re a stay at home mom or a CEO, when you routinely begin your day by getting dressed, you start your day with an accomplishment. And that sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Then, once you establish a routine, you have a better idea of what to expect each day.
Getting dressed everyday changes your mindset.
Getting dressed every day automatically changes your mindset. It’s as if the moment you slip out of your pajamas and into your regular clothes, you’re suddenly prepared for whatever is to come.
It also changes your mindset at the end of the day. When you change out of your day clothes and into your pajamas in the evening, your mindset automatically changes from “work mode” to “relax mode.”
It might sound a little silly right now, but do it and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. More on changing your mindset here.
When you’re dressed, you’re prepared.
Getting dressed every day, even when you’re staying at home means you’re prepared for whatever the day throws at you. Whether it means having to answer the door to an unexpected visitor or having to run a quick errand, if you’re already dressed, that’s one less thing to worry about.
Getting dressed everyday helps you focus on work-related tasks.
Have you ever heard of the term “enclothed cognition”? It’s essentially the concept that what you wear impacts your attentiveness and problem solving. To explain without getting too technical, the experiments involved in the study of enclothed cognition explore “the symbolic meaning” of the clothes you wear as well as the “physical experience” of wearing them.
Basically, there’s scientific proof that what you’re wearing helps you focus on your work. Pajamas…not super productive clothing. But throw on your best power blazer and you can conquor the world.
How To Get Dressed In The Morning
Start with baby steps.
You don’t have to make drastic changes to your daily routine right away. Start with baby steps and over time you’ll ease into a new routine that works for you. In this case, try putting on leggings instead of pajama pants. Or slip into a flannel instead of your pajamas top. Start with small changes and before you know it, you won’t even think twice about getting dressed every day.
Remember your “why.”
When you’re struggling to stay motivated, it’s important to remember why you started. What made you want to start getting dressed every day? What changes were you hoping to make? And what effect were you hoping it would have? When you’re feeling discouraged, remember your “why.”
Set your clothes out the night before.
To make it easier to stick to your routine, try setting out your clothes the night before. It saves you the trouble of having to pick out an outfit in the morning and makes it easy to change clothes and move onto your next task.
Keep up with laundry.
This tip may seem a bit obvious, but you can’t get dressed every morning if you don’t have any clothes to wear. To make sure you have enough clean options to wear every day, keep up with your laundry. For some, that might mean doing one load every day. For others, it might mean doing 1-2 loads a week.
Use this as an opportunity to experiment.
This is such a fun tip for anyone who is struggling to see the point in getting dressed just to stay home. When you get dressed every morning, you can use it as an opportunity to experiment with different clothes and clothing combinations that you might hesitate to put on if you were leaving the house. You can combine any pieces you want without fear of judgment. How fun!
Then, you can see what works and what doesn’t, and be totally confident on your next date night or brunch with the girls.
Choose functional, but still comfortable, pieces.
You won’t stay motivated to get dressed every day if the clothes you’re putting on are uncomfortable to wear. Stick with clothes that feel as good as they look. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for appearances.
What motivates you to get dressed every day?
Are you a stay at home mom? Do you work outside the home? I’d love to hear what motivates you to get dressed every day, regardless of your personal circumstances.
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