Getting dressed for most people is natural, it’s routine, it’s something you just do everyday. For some though it’s a burden, a chore and just all too hard. People who suffer varying levels of depression can find the ‘everyday’ tasks too hard and end up giving up. They can give up on personal hygiene, getting dressed and even eating properly. In short they give up on themselves.
This is where getting dressed can help though. Frocking up can give us purpose, a reason to get out and be amongst people. Even the act of preparing an outfit (ironing) can help change how a person views themselves. That’s right because the simple act of ironing an outfit so that it’s presentable means that you give a damn, you respect yourself enough.
I’ve seen clothes literally change how a woman holds herself, I’ve seen them induce smiles and I’ve seen how clothes can change a persons perception of others…others like you.
Putting on a well fitting outfit with a little colour and maybe a few accessories can transform a person from the inside out. Sometimes there’s days when we gotta fake it til we make it and in my experience when I’m having a crappy mental health day if I get dressed and add some lippy it can be the push that I need to get me out the door and experiencing life.
Below is a pic of me about to head out the door to a fundraiser evening, I was in the THICK of chemo treatment and this was one of my worst days. Crap I was so freakin sick that day but my husbands cousin was speaking at the fundraiser about his head injury accident and I really wanted to support him, so I frocked up and put on my face. It didn’t take away the pain or side effects but it did help me to feel like I could face the world. The last pic is me half an hour before putting on makeup, drawing on my brows and doing my hair (LOL)
I’m not saying that frocking up can cure depression I’m just saying that having a purpose to get out the door can help. Wearing colour can help. Attracting a compliment or two can help. Feeling put together instead of dishevelled can help…it all helps.
Next time you’re feeling a bit blue instead of giving in remember the feeling a great outfit can give you, get dressed, smile and get out there and kick ass.