It is denied that these are strange and worrying times for most of us to work from home to try and stop the spread of COVID-19. Changing your routine is always worrying. So if you stick to the habits that you can control, you can reduce anxiety.
For me it’s about dressing up. Fashion may seem frivolous in the current climate, but the positive effects on morality are undeniable. Your outfit is psychologically important. Looking at yourself in the mirror and feeling safe will increase your productivity for the rest of the day.
Imagine the feeling of wearing a stunning new dress for a work presentation, great, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you still feel that if you were dressing up for your video conference?
I am also a control freak at best, and these uncertain times cause extraordinary stress – as I am sure, everyone does. But one aspect that I can still control is my wardrobe.
I have spoken to a few Fashion influencer who are a little more used to working from home and they all agreed that they would feel a little more “normal” if they dressed up as usual, even if they didn’t leave the house at all.
There is also a lot of talk at the moment about spreading joy. Dressing up doesn’t mean that we don’t acknowledge that the situation is terrible or that we don’t do our part to help (Find out more here).
It’s about having a positive aspect for our mental health and maybe putting a smile on someone’s face along the way, for those who post their outfits on Instagram.
So for the time being I will continue to carry impractical small bags and pretty clothes and will be happy to join in or wear your fanciest PJs and sweatpants, because that’s cool too.