I'll admit, my fresher and sophomore years I wore the standard nerd-girl outfits of baggy black "witty"/nerdy shirt and some kind of well-worn pant or ill-fitted skirt. But then I took a year off (to build this beauty) and discovered the world of fitted clothing that didn't come from woot or thinkgeek (not that I don't love them).
There's definitely something freeing and exciting about getting to wear clothing that makes you look good. Beyond the fact that looking good makes you feel good. The act of taking more then two seconds to get dressed in the morning wakes me up a lot better then caffeine ever did. And taking two seconds to brush my hair makes it much more manageable to deal with and keeps it in much better condition (which is always an issue with hair that's as curly and fine as mine).
But despite my "looking pretty => feeling pretty" mentality I definitely got lazy over this summer. I started out in pretty sun dresses and cute top/pant combos and as I spent more time in the machine shop (especially after my ankle injury--unrelated to the machine shop work) I found myself falling back into the baggy pants and t-shirts due to a combination of not wanting to get my clothes dirty and because I felt like shit and didn't care if I looked like it too.
But after 3 days of "blending in" to the t-shirted masses I'm really reevaluating this "laziness" of mine. How much more time does it take in the morning to put on something that makes you feel good versus something that makes you feel crappy? I decided to attempt a mini-experiment this weekend when I was
My question: Will dressing nicely (and not lounging about in pajamas or "comfy clothes") while I stew in my own diseased juices make me feel better?
My hypothesis: If I continue to get dressed during my illness then I will feel better during and possibly get better quicker.
My Test Plan: Get up and get dressed every day of the illness. I can sit at my "desk" (*cough*piece of plywood on the floor*cough*) or the couch in the living room or even back in bed. Periodically examine how I feel.
Data Acquisition: It's very difficult to test this hypothesis as it's pretty damn qualitative. I will try to compare it to previous illness, but since no illness is the same I'm sure the results will be in accurate and unrepeatable. Soooo…. I'm just gonna go with how I feel after the weekend! (yeah, science!fail)
Data Analysis: I feel better! Both Saturday and Sunday I got up and got dressed in sundresses that don't wrinkle too bad. Sat around, stared at walls, occasionally ate food. Listened to AirTraffic Control for about 10 hours. The data is possible skewed by a 2 year expired alka-seltzer tab I took, but I'm going to say tentatively plausible hypothesis.
Conclusion: This was the least-horrible weekend illness I've ever head. Which is awesome since it started off pretty bad. But this was soooo not conclusively due to the clothing; maybe I just had a really mild illness for once instead of death. I think I will need to continue this experiment. In a broader form over a larger array of days filled with illness/health.
I must develop an experimental procedure! To the bat cave!