I have a very important question for you if you are working from home… do you have a workday morning routine to brush your teeth, wash your face, and change into “regular” clothes?
I ask this with love … not judgment ...because I know firsthand how when you’re stuck at home, it definitely can be tempting to stay in your pajamas all day.
And there’s really nothing wrong with that …
… until there actually IS something wrong with it.
So about those PJS … or maybe it’s leggings or sweatpants instead...
Since we’ve been spending more time at home right now because of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of us are getting much more use out of our relaxation clothes.
In fact, I consider one of the side benefits of my career is that I get to wear comfy clothes 24/7! Which is why I feel especially qualified to talk about this topic.
At first, it feels SO LIBERATING to ditch your work or professional clothes and wear something a little more forgiving. Especially clothes that have elastic or drawstring waistbands!
But I’ve found that over time, this can have a trickle effect into other areas of your self care.
As in, it can go out the window. Or you can find yourself looking at the clock, and suddenly it’s noon, and you still haven’t run a comb through your hair.
This can have a surprisingly huge impact on your energy level AND your mood during the day!
Now, I’m not suggesting that if you aren’t leaving the house that you have to go through your entire get-ready-for-work routine and style your hair, put on makeup, or anything else you normally do.
But it’s amazing how much better you feel ALL DAY if you take a few minutes to stick with a basic self-care routine.
I’m talking about taking a shower, washing your face, and putting on a FRESH pair of normal pants.
And yes, I’m talking about doing this EVEN IF you think you might work out later in the day and get sweaty.
You can always take a quick second shower!
I’ve actually spoken with a few clients about this, who said they had noticed a drop in their energy and that they were feeling depressed since they were working from home more often.
But they also noticed it took something as simple as hopping in the shower to turn their whole day around!
Science actually backs this up. Among other things, studies show warm showers can help lower anxiety and encourage feelings of well-being.
Not only that, if you get called into a last-minute Zoom meeting or video conference for work, you’ll also feel your best – and that’s a very good thing!