It’s not you, it’s your shoes!

Have you ever heard the saying “when you look good, you feel good”? Or how about my all time favorite, “dress for success”? While these phrases may sound cliche` to many, I believe they convey a distinct message about our true potential as it relates to how we feel in the clothes (and shoes) we wear.

I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was put on my pink Nike running shoes. I’ve been on “vacation” since the beginning of October (i.e. on interview season for medical residency), and I find myself with more free time than I know what to do with. This time off has afforded me the opportunity to sleep in until 8 or 9 am and enjoy an easy morning of relaxation and leisure. My afternoons consist of an hour-long work out followed by residency interview prep (researching programs, making spreadsheets, reviewing Q&A scenarios, etc). About a month ago, I became listless with my daily routine of sleeping in, eating and lounging around until early-afternoon, which is when my productivity peaks.

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In thinking about my daily routine, I found that it wasn’t until I threw on a pair of leggings and my Nike tennis shoes that I felt ready to conquer the day! I noticed that throughout the morning, I typically stayed in my pajamas and house slippers while I had coffee and tried to wake up. In retrospect, I realize that my super-comfy outfit was actually a BARRIER to productivity! Subconsciously, my mind thought it was evening because I was wearing evening attire. And that the feeling of tennis shoes and a workout outfit gives me a pep in my step and the energy to maximize my productivity!

Appearance is key in my professional life as well. Some days I can get away with scrubs (ironed, of course), clogs and my white coat. I like to add some simple but feminine accessories for a bit of flair. Usually, I’ll opt for pearl studs, my favorite watch and a couple of midi rings. In the clinic and on most ward services, the attire is business casual. I’m most comfortable in a pair of J. Crew slacks, a simple blouse and a pair of flats or wedges. These adorable wedges by Cole Haan are absolutely everything!

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Find them here!

No matter what environment you’re in, it’s important to remember that what you wear (and how you wear it) not only helps you put your best foot forward, but furthermore affects how you feel about yourself and what you’re capable of!

Until next time,

Syd

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Cabin Fever Survival Tips

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Depending on where you’re currently reading this from, it is quite possible that the weather may be less than favorable. Here in the mid-west, we’ve been caught in a (now) 5 day series of cold temps, icy rain and overcast skies.

While I can usually withstand a few days of gloomy weather, 5 days of freezing drizzle has me cooped up and dreaming about summer. Now that my thanksgiving food-coma has passed, I’ve compiled a short list of ways to beat those winter blues (that do not require medication).

1. Blue Light Therapy

I am listing this as the #1 best way to maintain your energy and improve your mood when the sun is nowhere to be seen. Natural sunlight is perceived by the nervous system through the retina and stimulates the pineal gland to regulate melatonin production, which modulates circadian rhythms (aka your sleep cycle). Without getting too technical, blue light mimicks sunlight and can significantly improve your mood, outlook and energy. It is recommended that you use your blue light as directed and in the morning as opposed to evening or late-night.
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2. Exercise

Exercise is another amazing way to invigorate your day! It not only releases endorphins, but offers numerous health benefits. I like to structure my day around my workout routine, and since I’ve had the last two months off for residency interviews, I’ve had plenty of time to get in shape (workout routine to come!). Routines that get your heart rate up and make you sweat a little are the best.

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3. Hobbies

Get crafty! I recently started making bracelets in my spare time, and I’ve found that crafting is such a nice way to express your creativity and pass the time. Check out my Etsy shop for great gifts and Pinterest for ideas.

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Weather permitting, I recommend pursuing outdoor hobbies as well! A nice bike ride or jog around the neighborhood can get you out of the house (and out of your head).

Until next time,

SD