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.
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!
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,