All dressed up and nowhere to go? That’s okay. As we continue to grapple with the spread of COVID-19, many of us are staying home to work and learn remotely. Between a new commute to the kitchen table and limited weekend outings, it’s easy to slip into a routine of slippers and sweatpants. While the idea of real pants may seem daunting, keeping up our daily routine of getting dressed is a key action to maintaining productivity and reducing stress.

Whether you’re settling in on the couch for another Zoom session or running out for a quick errand, the clothes we wear help bring a sense of normalcy back to our daily routines. By presenting ourselves in our usual manner, we’re signaling to our minds that we’re ready to work and tackle our to-do lists.

According to psychotherapist Jennifer Musselman, putting on an outfit in the morning releases a mixture of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and endorphins. These chemicals naturally boost our mental state by sparking a sense of purpose for a more productive day. Even if no one else will see your style, the ritual of getting dressed enhances our productivity by reducing the stress stemming from a less-structured environment at home.

While we may not yet know when life will return back to normal, we do know that no outfit is complete without an OM bag for a hands-free way to express our style. Whether you’re grabbing a midday coffee or just heading outside to stretch your legs, the RFID Organizer Waistpack is a perfect way to carry simply the essentials with a dual crossbody or around the waist design. Additionally, the crossbody styles of the Sawyer Circle and Zella Small Crossbody add a minimalistic addition to sweater weather season.

While you may still find us indulging in the occasional pajama day, dusting off our jeans and favorite bags will help keep our minds sharp and moods boosted this upcoming season. Share with us how you’re masking up with your OM bag by using #osgoodemarley on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!