Wear a Costume to Work

Stress Relief Tool – Wear a Costume to Work

When you are in a costume, you get to be a persona that may relieve stress around your typical limitations or lack of confidence.

If you are totally lost it with this suggestion, hear me out. The benefits of wearing something fun at work has amazing benefits. When you are in a costume, you get to be a persona that may remove your typical limitations or lack of confidence, especially if you struggle with being an introvert. You become much more approachable because people love creativity.

This technique can work for Halloween, your organization’s holiday party, your birthday, or for any day where you think “this would be fun to wear.” And it doesn’t have to be an elaborate costume. Something as simple as a funny T-shirt or hat for casual Fridays can do the trick.

I’ve worked at many organizations throughout my career, and while I did incredible work and was a high performer, many of my former coworkers remember me most for my creative costumes. I’ve been known to come to work as Batman, a life-size whoopee cushion (with sound effects), a walking billboard of now-hiring ads (for our competitors’ employees), Leisure Suit Larry (in 1970’s tight clothes), an astronaut, Gumby (the 1960’s claymation character), Dracula, an old man with suspenders and pants up to my breasts, and many, many more.

This worked so well that one of my former coworkers had this to say to me via LinkedIn: “Pete, I think that you brought a lot of joy for all of us when you went all out at Halloween or any cool event the company was hosting. I wonder if there is a Ted Talk about the act of participating and dressing up that makes the environment more fun and friendlier at a company.”

I’m still contemplating that idea.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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