My mom always used to say, “If you look good you will feel good.”
She would encourage me to get up, take a shower, comb my mop, shave and put on pressed clothing when I was sick. Mom was a stickler for fashion, but her premise was sound. Somehow if you get up and go through the actions of normalcy, getting dressed and looking your best, you can trick your body into feeling better.
I worry about this with the elderly. When someone is feeling poorly, it is easy to just sit around for a day or two in our PJ’s. The problem is that day or two can turn into a month or forever.
Can it be that this psychosomatic technique works to get our body healed? My experience says it can.
So this weekend instead of lounging in my sweats with the remote control super-glued to my hand, I got up and showered and dressed fashionably casual as if I was going out. Only to have my wife walk in to see the finished product and say, “Oh I see you are feeling better. Good I’m going shopping.” Wait, I wanted to scream, I am only looking better not feeling better so I can fake my brain out that I am not sick. Not wanting to waste one of my two sympathy days that I get from my wife a year for feeling under the weather, I let it go.
Seems like this looking good thing works.