It’s happening again…
One by one, each of your colleagues go from perfectly healthy to creating a concerto of coughs, sniffles and more tissue-blown tunes. It’s cold and flu season.
You’ve toppled your desk with Kleenex, vitamin-C boosters and gummies to keep it at bay but you know you’re next. There are a few ways to tackle this inevitable plague of sickness. Most importantly, focus on getting healthy and then, let your wardrobe be your support system. No, I’m not kidding about that last part. Let me explain.
Right now, I’m home, surrounded by two comforters and a fort’s worth of pillows.
On my way back from Vegas (more on this soon!), I caught a virus on top of having my already horrid allergies act up. What have I done to help me get through it? Stocked up on my favorite cocktail (cranberry and orange juice, in this case), listened to the doctor, took the recommended vitamin boosters, grabbed my allergy medicines and got out of my pajamas. That last one is the real trick.
While I may be huddled in blankets now, I was able to work from home today and be almost as productive as normal. I knew that if I stayed in the flannel of my pajamas, nothing would get done. I would just be sitting on my couch, focused on how sick I felt as Hallmark movies continuously drowned-on about the same type of story in the background of my coughs and sneezes. I was well enough where my sinuses and elephant-like cough were the only things that bothered me. I’ve worked through tougher before. So, instead, I let my wardrobe work for me.
Like any work-from-home day, I traded the comfort of sleeping clothes for soft and more utilitarian fabrics. I swapped out my pajamas for workout leggings, a statement sweatshirt and a headband. It may not be worthy of a gala but it’s comfortable and helped me get sh*t done. Think of it as my stay-at-home power suit.
Tonight, I’ll get to bed at a decent time and rest as much as possible. That is how I work through a cold. For my body, this is exactly what I need to get better.
If you’re feeling worse, and need to take the full day off, do it! This is why you get sick days! But, I would recommend maintaining the “stay-at-home power suit” mentality and changing your clothes at least once during the day – even if its just into a pair of sweats. For me, switching clothes helps to change my perspective and just feel fresh, which, we all know is very hard to do when you feel your worst.
How about before the cold/flu hits?
When I’m just starting to feel under the weather, I have a different tactic. I dress my best.
Whether it’s just a cloudy Monday or a day when my allergies are starting to act up, which is often, forcing myself to put in the effort sets me up for a better mood. As corny as it sounds, I start thinking “Wow I look good in this.” and focus on the compliments instead of how crappy I feel or how much I need a triple espresso. It’s a quick mind trick to easily boost your attitude.
Now, you know why I’ve been taking a mini break from writing over the past week. (That and I went to the biggest fashion conference in the U.S. More on that soon!) I’ll be making up for it this week.
Check back soon for a few fashion news features plus, my take on MAGIC and runway looks from fashion month to easily incorporate into your closet.
Until then, have a great week and feel better to those who are sick!