Dress to Express — A Challenge to Pull You From Your WFH Slump

A look at how intentional dressing can increase creative thinking and boost productivity when working from home.

Mirror image of a woman with eyes closed and a yellow graphic shape
Mirror image of a woman with eyes closed and a yellow graphic shape
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I decided to start with my wardrobe.

For some, working in their PJs is a luxury they’re happy to indulge. When I did it however, I never felt fully awake. When I looked into the psychology behind this I learnt that this is down to the intrinsic connection we make between pyjamas and sleep; the very act of wearing them lulls us into a sleepy state. Wearing something a little more formal however, something you would have worn to the office for example, has the opposite effect. It shifts our mindset to one of work and this was the shift I was desperately seeking.

Clothing hanging on a rail
Clothing hanging on a rail
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“Research has found that wearing formal clothes makes people think more broadly and holistically, opening you up to new ideas and challenges.”

“Wearing formal attire also encourages people to use abstract processing more readily than concrete thinking. Concrete thinking refers to the thinking on the surface, whereas abstract thinking is related to thinking in depth.”

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I’m a writer, podcast host and self-worth educator who likes to discuss believing in ourselves and creativity. Find out more at https://bluejayofhappiness.com/

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