I’ve recently picked up a few post-twin pieces of clothing that actually fit. Sure, they’re a bigger size than my usual, but I was feeling miserable about myself. That was made so much worse by spending my days in pjs or sweatpants where I didn’t want to do anything but lay on the couch and mope. Since I’ve been getting dressed in the mornings it’s really helped me feel better about myself, work harder at my job, be a better parent, and curb some of my depression.

Those at home all day often fall into the trap of not bothering to get dressed, or at the very least waiting until later in the day to do so. This is setting yourself up to fail, there are so many positives to getting dressed and by not you’re almost certain to be less productive. This doesn’t mean slapping on some sweat pants and an old t-shirt, either. Even if you’re a stay at home mom/dad/parent who works best in yoga pants you can still pair them with a nice top. Don’t forget to do something with your hair! Even a messy bun can be dressed up with a headwrap and a chunky necklace you don’t mind the baby chewing on. Guys stick a bit of gel in, or at least run a comb through. If you work from home you don’t have to dress in stiff clothes like you’re going to the office, just something somewhat put together that makes you feel more like you’re going to a job and not to bed. If you’re so inclined (and have the time) a little make up can be fun too!

Here’s some of the benefits to getting dressed:

  1. It makes you feel better about yourself.
  2. You’re more likely to say yes to company which help with mood and loneliness.
  3. If you’re working, you feel more professional.
  4. The UPS guy won’t see you in your pyjamas… Again…
  5. You have an official “start” to your day.
  6. Helps you hold yourself to a certain standard of professionalism.
  7. It’s easier to get out of the house and you’re more likely to go, improving your mood.
  8. You’re less likely to over eat wearing fitted pants than in stretchy clothing.
  9. You get to wear those clothes you bought but only wear when you go out which is not enough.
  10. Helps you break up your days so they don’t run together and feel as if you haven’t ever had a break or stopped.
  11. Can help with minor depression.
  12. Even on a very unproductive day can help the “I did nothing at all” attitude.
  13. Gives you an excuse to buy more clothes.
  14. You’re ready for the unexpected – visitors, errands, etc.
  15. You feel more clean.
  16. It’s a few minutes you can take to focus on just yourself before giving your all to other people or work.
  17. You never know who you might run into at the grocery store, don’t be caught in sweats.
  18. You can express yourself via clothing and feel more like you.
  19. You’ll feel more confident in yourself which will trickle down to everything you do.
  20. You don’t have to do it for them but your spouse will appreciate it.

Hopefully you’re convinced to giving getting dressed daily a try. Try it for 21 days (that’s how long it takes to form a habit) and see how you feel after that. 10 minutes a day could change your life! If you’re still in pjs or loungewear get dressed right now. Let me know if getting dressed improves your day in the comments.