I Don’t Know What to Wear Today
Ever have one of those days when it just takes more
energy than you have to pick out what you’re going
to wear that day? No? Then that’s great!
Go rock that awesome outfit and skip this post!
The rest of you…here we go back into the closet again.
No, this time, it’s not about the Thought Closet.
I’m talking about your REAL closet or drawers or hamper
or piles on the floor (you know who you are)!
Clothes and Depression
Maybe you don’t just have one day that
you can’t figure out what to wear.
Maybe you have days at a time, or weeks, or
(geez I hope not, but I know you might) months.
You’re depressed, you’re sick, you’re tired and
so fatigued you can barely move.
And it really does take too much effort to put
together what you’re going to wear.
So you opt for the same old pair of pajamas
or sweats…and that’s getting old.
Not doing much for your depression, either.
Remember Garanimals for kids ?
Since the ‘70s, there has been a children’s
clothing line that coordinated tops and bottoms
by using different animal tags. You picked a
yellow monkey tag for a top and all you had to
do was find a yellow monkey tag for the
bottom, and you were matched!
I can’t remember if you picked a blue elephant
top and tried to make it go with a yellow monkey
bottom if you would look like a clown or not!
But Garanimals made picking out appropriate
outfits easy for kids so they could do it themselves.
Garanimals for Adults
Well, we need an adult-size version of Garanimals
for when you hit a depressed patch in your life,
so you don’t have to waste even one brain cell on
trying to figure out if THIS goes with THAT.
Because how are you possibly going to mix and
match the right thing when you are having
trouble even getting out of bed and moving at all?
With a system like this, you won’t need to make
dressing yourself a major production…ever.
One solution is to get different colors of sticky
note tags and take a morning or afternoon to put
your clothes on hangers and put what works with what.
Those all go in one pile. Then each pile goes on hangers,
and you’re going to put the little sticky note tag on the
neck of the hanger…so you have hangers with different
colored tags on them. That way, any top with a yellow
tag on it will go with any bottom that has a yellow tag on it.
Got it? You can use any system you like…colored ribbon,
yarn, twist-ties…whatever works for you.
Use a dresser? Mark your drawers with different colors
and do the same thing…tops in the “yellow” drawer
will go with bottoms in the “yellow” drawer.
A Worthwhile Investment
If this process sounds overwhelming, then ask a
friend or family member to sit with you to help you
figure it out. The time you invest in this sorting and
mixing/matching process is going to pay off BIGTIME
in the morning when you get up and you just have to
grab the same colored hangers and go.
Use Color to Shift Your Mood
You can also select outfits that are more colorful and
tag them some way that encourages you to wear those
outfits when you are depressed. Color can change our
moods in subtle ways. Black and dark hues are not
always the best when you’re feeling down…they may
express how you feel, but they won’t help you to feel
much better. You deserve to make your life easier if
you’re coping with depression…I hope you will take
the time to organize your clothes so this one thing
becomes a non-hassle for you.
You deserve it! 🙂