Let’s admit it, we’ve all had days where we don’t bother to get ready for the day. We wear our pj’s all day, don’t do anything nice with our hair, and don’t bother to shave. We become couch potatoes. This happens when we are on a long break from school, work, or when we work from home. We stop physically investing in ourselves. We think that this will help us feel more relaxed and happy. But if you think back to those days, they were probably when you felt lowest in energy.
Getting dressed does not mean you have to wear make-up (unless you want to), take 30 minutes or an hour to get your hair done, or glam up your clothes. You just have to get ready, whatever that may mean for you. As I contemplate my lazy days (which I have not had for a while), I’ve come to understand a few reasons why getting dressed helps to overcome those couch potato days.
As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, the act of getting ready for the day energizes you. You get more done. You come up with amazing ideas.
Because you’re ready to go out, you suddenly think of some awesome things you can do. Maybe you’ll make a spontaneous trip to your favorite restaurant to have lunch. I sometimes love having breakfast or lunch by myself. I get to read a great book, be more observant of the things going on around me, or meditate about what I want from my day or week.
Have you ever had your doorbell buzz on a PJ day? I don’t know about you, but it makes me frantic. I rush around trying to look presentable to answer the door. By the time I answer the door, I am sometimes too anxious to great my visitor in a welcoming way. I am nice but too distracted by what I might not have done to my house or myself to look nice. I love having guests in my home. And I always want to make them feel that their presence in my life makes it richer than it already is. The thought of someone ever doubting that because I’m distracted saddens me. Thus, it’s imperative that you are in a state of mind to welcome people into your space.
If you’re ready for anything to happen, then you’re more relaxed. Someone calls you at the last minute to do them a favor? No problem. Your sister or best friend ask you out for lunch? You’ll be out the door in five to ten minutes. A neighbor comes by to ask you to watch their kids for them while they run to the store for a few minutes? You can go right over. Not only do you feel mentally and emotionally relaxed, but you can take it easy in ways that are more refreshing than sitting in front of a TV with a remote in your hand, surrounded by junk food.
Having a day where you just want to veg and laze around the house might be what you need. Just make sure it does not bleed into the next day and then the day after that.Take a second to think about what would truly enrich your day.