How do you feel when you throw on your nursing uniform, put your hair in a pony tail, wear no makeup, and head out the door? How about when you haven’t had a manicure in weeks, your gray hairs are showing, and you’re in desperate need of a haircut? Chances are, you don’t feel as sexy, beautiful and empowered as you could.
When you take the time to put yourself together, you get an immediate lift in your mood and self-esteem. Think about when you’re sick and you stay in bed. The unmade bed may not bother you when you’re feeling ill, but once you feel better, one of the first things you may want to do is make the bed. The reason behind it that it makes you feel better. That’s what dressing better can offer you as well, especially since you spend your work days wearing scrubs.
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Now, I’m no personal stylist or trend setter when it comes to fashion. What I have learned, however, is the difference in how a nurse can feel when ditching the sweat pants during her personal time for some well fitting, stylish clothes.
I know you want to be comfortable, but how about a little less comfort for a more pleasing self image when you’re not on nursing duty? I’m not saying you need to prance around in a ball gown and heels, but when you wear something you find flattering, it gives you an instant mood lift. It makes you feel stronger, sexier, more confident, and empowered as a nurse. Sure there are opportunities for lounging around in sweats, but if this is how you’re dressing all the time, then I’m talking to you!
It doesn’t matter if you’re overweight. First of all, sweats don’t hide the weight but accentuate the problem in a number of ways. One way is by preventing you from the positive feeling you get from dressing in more fitted clothing. This feels good and makes you aware of how much better you’re able to feel with just a few minor changes. Why deny yourself of that? The other reason is that a nurse in dress uniform without care conveys a message that you don’t take pride in your appearance.
When something is regarded with value, you handle it with care and take pride in its appearance. For example, picture the stereotypical man who regards his sports car as his “baby.” He’ll make sure it’s clean, wipe it down lovingly, and go through great lengths to make it looks its best because it brings him pride and joy. If he were to neglect the car, you’d view it as not being important, not being as special to him, and not worthy of his time and care. Apply those same ideas to you. When you neglect your appearance even when you are on your nursing scrubs, the word is out that you don’t value or take pride in yourself. Is that the message you’re trying to convey?
It doesn’t take a truckload of money to find flattering clothes. What it takes is the desire to change. Even a few new pieces can add a lift to your mood and style while not breaking the bank.
Time for a goal, Cinderella!
How do you dress to impress in your nursing uniform? Are you neglecting your wardrobe due to comfort or your weight? Go into your closet and make some changes.
First, get rid of anything with holes or stains. Next, give away anything you haven’t worn in a year. This will make room for some new things. Try to do this objectively without attaching too much feeling to what you’re giving away. After that, keep only a few pieces for “comfort” and donate the rest. Now that you’re able to see what you have, it’s time to fill in with updated, fitted, more stylish clothing. You may have to leave your comfort zone a little but you can still wear conservative, muted colors if you choose. Whatever your style, the goal is to commit to always dress to impress evgen if it means you'd only be wearing your nursing uniform.