If you’re having a long week and you feel like you just won’t be able to make it to Friday, consider making some changes to your outfit and accessories.
You may feel tempted to simply give up on how you look, and there are days when this approach is helpful. However, even if you are not going anywhere other than your child’s school or the grocery store, feeling confident in your appearance can help reduce stress and give you an extra boost to get you through the week!
On a stressful day, nothing is more tempting than the standard mom uniform of yoga pants and a hoodie. If you’re lacking in motivation, though, try dressing much more nicely than you feel like doing.
Consider putting on your favorite dress or skirt. You can also go for a more casual look such as skinny jeans and a nice shirt. Dress up a plain T-shirt with a scarf and replace your tennis shoes with ballet flats or mules.
This extra effort in the morning will make the day feel special, help reduce stress, and break up the monotony of your routine.
If you have babies, you may have given up on long necklaces or dangly earrings. You do not have to completely avoid jewelry, though, and you do not have to save fancy jewelry for special occasions. Consider stud earrings, choker necklaces, and silicone teething jewelry. Jewelers such as Hammerman Jewels have a variety of options that use the natural beauty of gems and stones. Artisans also craft unique jewelry out of fabric, pages of books and glass. Experiment with different combinations of jewelry to find your style and dress up your everyday clothes. Looking good will help you feel good which can help reduce stress.
You probably run a brush through your hair after your shower or throw it up in a bun so that you can get started on your busy mornings. However, you may find that putting more time into your hair gives you extra confidence which can help reduce stress. Invest in a quality brand of shampoo and conditioner so that you’re certain your hair is as clean and shiny as possible.
Shake up your normal hairstyle. Wearing your hair down is hard if you have little ones or are often working or cleaning, but it may be an option for slower days on the weekends. For weekdays, consider swapping buns and ponytails for braids and twists. You can find online tutorials for different styles on places like Pinterest. If you have little girls, you can practice a new style on their hair first before attempting it on your own hair. You can try different beauty looks as well!
Although it’s counterintuitive, taking more time for self-care in the middle of a hectic week will help reduce stress so you get through all your tasks. You matter; make time to feel and look your best.