Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic may mean that you spend more time in your pajamas or wearing sweatshirts while you do your online work. Psychologists believe that the way we dress when we are not presenting ourselves to the public makes a difference in our mental health and productivity. Making the effort to present your appearance nicely can say a lot about your mental health.

How Dressing Up Influences Mental Health

Putting effort into your appearance can be one of the most important things people can do for their mental health. Emotional scientist Tracy Thomas says during a time when people are spending more time dwelling on the negative, daily grooming rituals can be a way of “celebrating life.” Just brushing or putting gel in your hair can make you feel better about yourself knowing you look good. Getting dressed up first thing in the morning can increase your motivation to do more things during the day. Even if you dress yourself up professionally while working at home, it will help transition you into work mode.

The Mental Health Drawbacks of Dressing Up

If you are suffering from body image issues, dressing up can be an unpleasant experience. Spending too much time on your looks can decrease productivity. Consider how your appearance is helping you get closer to your goals. For example, Apple pioneer Steve Jobs would wear something as simple as a black turtleneck and blue jeans which boosted creativity and productivity. By wearing the same thing every day, his decision-making for Apple was more of a priority than his appearance. Dressing down has a way of boosting creativity, as well, such as when you go out for a walk and you are only wearing a t-shirt and track pants or shorts.

What to Do About Your Outward Appearance While Staying Home

If you want to elevate your mood and optimize productivity while staying at home, have a vision for yourself and identify one thing you can do for your appearance. In the morning, give yourself time to look at your closet and think which outfit will make you the most comfortable, and get the creative juices flowing. Taking it slow and having time for yourself is the most important thing to start your day. By picking clothes that make you the most comfortable, you will be confident and in a good place mentally to get your work done.

When we are forced to stay at home for a big portion of our time during the pandemic, we may not take too much stock into our appearance. The way we dress to start our day can affect how we are mentally and productively. At Alta Loma, we understand how stressful this uncertain time is for you, and we would like to do whatever we can to bring your spirits up. Located in Georgetown, Texas, we can provide you with individualized therapy, medication management, therapeutic recreational activities, and much more. Please give us a call at (866) 457-3843 to learn more.