I thought about how, in isolation, many of you are probably wearing leggings, sweatpants and soft joggers. Companies are responding by offering WFH pieces. I wanted to put together some pieces that you can wear during this time and ask, does getting dressed for the day to help your mood in this situation? What are you grateful for at this time?
Working from Home
I love to dress up that is no secret.:-) But at times like these, besides wearing denim or a casual dress around the house, I do enjoy wearing some athleisure wear like joggers and knit tops. I love the wedge sneakers that are popular, and now is the time to find some of them on sale. Most days though I am in Ugg like slippers or my Ascis sneakers as we have been walking every day with the pups 2 or 3 miles.
If you are working from home, do you have a set schedule that you are following? If you are retired, have you created a schedule during this time? For me, I find that if I have a bit of structure, I can focus better and get more accomplished. I have been blogging for 6 years now, and after making my morning pot of coffee, I begin to write and work on my blog, social media, visit others. The social connection with the blog is something I am grateful for!
I think soft and comfy clothes are fine for a while, but don’t let everything go to pot. I think if we do our hair, put on some makeup, and wear casual clothing it may make us feel better. Maybe just try one of those things.
I know when I was really sick at the beginning of my EDS journey, I put on no makeup, was throwing my hair back in a ponytail, and wore all black- tee shirt and yoga pants with sneakers. What lipstick color I would wear was the least of my concerns. But, as I began to find treatment and feel better, I dressed differently. Maybe not to the nines, as I was still laying in bed, going to hospitals, but I knew it wasn’t me.
Self-care is important as always, so adding that lipstick or curling your hair may just help your mood a bit for the day.
I do a lot of self-talk these days, in my mind, where I remind myself that attitude is so important to overcoming hard times or challenges in life. I have lived by this with my condition, and if I had given up, I would be laying in bed each day, not bothering with life and complaining about my daily pain. Instead, I choose to keep a positive attitude and try my best, doing what I need to do to improve my health.
With all of the negative news and overall feeling of this National Crisis, it could be easy to feel hopeless and scared. Choosing to have a more positive attitude, knowing it won’t last forever, and living in the moment, can help with anxiety and just a feeling of hopelessness.
See what you can do, take each day one day at a time. That is what I am trying to do. I am not saying it is easy, as I struggle on some days, but I am trying to do the best I can and stay at home. My puppies are loving the extra attention, but they are used to my hubby and I being home through most of the day. They are sure a comfort. Being able to snuggle with them, pet them, and just play is very therapeutic for me as well!
I am sharing some affiliate links below for loungewear or casual clothes you may want to wear at this time. * The blog may make a small commission, at no cost to you.
The Outsider- Steven King
The Sinner ( Season 3)- Twists and character driven.
Acorn TV-Line of Duty, Midsommer Murders- You may be able to find these on Netflix as well. My favorite English drama and mystery series. Line of Duty is about police corruption, Midsommer Murders is a campy, fun show with 2 detectives solving these Murders in Midsommer.
Better Call Saul- If you liked Breaking Bad, you need to see this.
Love is Blind- I don’t usually go for “reality shows” but it was entertaining to see the “contestants” choose someone based upon conversation not sight.
Mindhunter- When the name “Serial Killer” was invented along with the show’s focus on criminal psychology with 2 FBI agents in the main roles.
The Fall- Gillian Anderson. A Psychological procedural, it will leave you wanting more!
Vikings- History channel.
How Are You Staying Positive?
I mentioned taking one day at a time. Find the things that bring you joy, sometimes it is just the small things in life. Making a dinner for the family, spending more time playing with puppies, enjoying the flowers outside as you take a walk. Enjoy nature.
When we think about things long term it can become overwhelming and anxiety-producing. Just focus on the now.
So tell me, how are you staying positive? What are you wearing and watching at home?
Take care and stay safe,