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Will I ever wear real clothes again?

I realized a few weeks ago that during this lock down, my entire wardrobe has been comprised of clothes from two drawers and one bin…my yoga/lounge clothes, pajamas, and comfy undies (i.e. sports bras and cotton).

Occasionally, I have put on a pair of jeans to go out, but otherwise, I’m in all cotton “lounge” mode all the time.

But, recently, I’ve been trying to step it up a bit…wearing matching undies (the good ones)…and jeans every day. I feel like it’s necessary to feel human again – a way to start differentiating between rest time and work time.

It’s sort of like make-up…I’m wearing that now, too. And doing my hair.

These little things make a difference in how I feel…and how I act…and interact with others.

I’ve also realized that, since I’ve given up real clothes…most of my things have stopped fitting…yeah – that “Covid-19” thing isn’t a joke, I’m gaining like mad. An extra glass of wine here, an extra baggie of chips there. Sitting all day at my computer to work.

Things have definitely got to change. My scale is showing me numbers I haven’t seen since I was pregnant…12 years ago.

Nope. I gotta reign this shit in…

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  • PurpleSole

    There is no shame in feeling how you feel, we are at home and the need to make an effort isn’t there. You wear and do what you want, because wellbeing comes first.

    • Brigit Delaney

      I think that is actually one silver lining in this for me…I have time to reconsider and change some things, and time to concentrate more on my wellness.

  • Marie Rebelle

    You are braver than me… I have been too ‘afraid’ to step on the scale. But, throughout the working-from-home thing, I have been in proper clothes every day, hair done, etc. However, I wasn’t as ‘on the ball’ with other things, such as proper eating or not grabbing chocolate during the day. That certainly has to change.
    Love your image 🙂
    ~ Marie xox

    • Brigit Delaney

      Figuring out how best to do this new way of living has taken up a lot of thought time for me. I have gained 5 pounds…but I started working out again this last week and joined Noom. We’ll see if that helps.

  • Marie Louise

    This is SO relatable. I’ve been feeling and thinking this. I don’t have enough laundry now really to do it before I run out of underwear, whereas before I’d sometimes do two a week! I feel like I’ve forgotten who I am outside of my house now

    • Brigit Delaney

      Right?! I’m trying to figure out how to make the best of this, because there is always opportunity in challenge. Creative problem solving comes from difficulty and forced change.

  • Marie Louise

    This is SO relatable. I’ve been feeling and thinking this. I don’t have enough laundry now really to do it before I run out of underwear, whereas before I’d sometimes do two a week! I feel like I’ve forgotten who I am outside of my house now.

  • violet

    Same! I live in pyjamas and work out clothes that I don’t work out in! But you know what? Comfort is okay, so long as it’s comforting, but if it’s stressful to be less structured, it’s okay to “dress up” too. I think you look awesome and I love this pic – it’s so real. xo

    • Brigit Delaney

      Thanks, Violet. I think my issue is that I crave normalcy. But my normal wasn’t really working, so this is actually an opportunity to create a new one. (Comfort has always been key…but my weekend clothes are just that…when I begin wearing my weekend clothes always…that same mentality bleeds into every day – and it’s basically laziness for miles and miles. I’m beginning to feel stagnant.

  • Collaredmichael

    Forcing oneself to get dressed helps one to feel good about themselves! It’s something that helps to fight mood swings and depression. So whenever I find myself doing the pajama thing, I force myself to go and get dressed! It’s a little thing but I see so many people who haven’t combed their hair, shaved or showered. It’s hard to feel good about yourself if you are letting yourself go. Just my thoughts. It’s easy to stay comfortable, but dressing doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. This isn’t meant to be a criticism. Just a thought.
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    • Brigit Delaney

      Oh, I get it, Michael…and it IS one of the things I’m doing to combat the doldrums. I rarely go a day without my makeup (just the basics) unless I’m sick. And I mostly don’t own any uncomfortable clothes anymore. But I try to at least look presentable…wear lounge or yoga clothes instead of pajamas. I agree with you 100%.

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