Dressing up

Monday, December 07, 2009 4 Comments »
My daughter Kate and I were talking the other day about the general stresses of the holidays. She knows that I get very uptight and anxious around the holidays, so she shared something that has made a huge difference for her.

Her pastor gave a sermon a while back about getting dressed in the morning. She talked about how most of us take great care to put on the right outfit, make sure our hair looks presentable and that we’ve got a little makeup on; it gets us ready for the day. But what about out mental outfit? Why not take that same amount of time to dress our psyche for the day ahead? Put on a good outlook? Instead of going out the door knowing it’s going to be a terrible, aweful, no good , very bad day, tell yourself it’s going to be a great day.

Kate said that this whole concept really hit home for her. She’s a 5th grade teacher, and has daily challenges with her students as well as with some of the parents. Those days when she woke up on the wrong side of the bed generally turned out to be crappy days, with that bad feeling carrying through to everything, including her students. Her attitude had a way of spreading to others like the flu. But once she started dressing herself in confidence and the notion that she could handle whatever came her way, she noticed a huge difference.

Well, I’m gonna give it a try, shake those holiday blues. Today I put on some enthusiasm, brushed up my energy and decided to wear my joy. It WILL be a great day. Such a simple idea, and it didn't cost me a dime.

So, what do you have on?

Love, joy and pieces, Pat


Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Nice post, Pat. I have on optimism, contentment, amusement, cat hair, and a few stray threads . . . .

Kimberly said...

This is a GREAT idea, Pat. And I wholeheartedly agree -- and will try to do just that. Especially during the holidays!

Libby Murphy said...

Remember stressed is just desserts spelled backwards - so it can't be as bad as we think.
Happy Twirls and Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Thanks!! That's so funny. The next time I feel stressed I just think of chocolate mousse, or maybe cheese cake -- hopefully I won't eat it!