DRESSING TIP: Shawls are a patient’s best friend!
A shawl, wrap or scarf is not perhaps the first thing you would think of when packing your bag for hospital but, as a veteran patient, it is my top tip! For in- and outpatients. For men and women. In whatever natural fabric your prefer: wool, cotton, viscose, or silk. I would even say that it is a good idea to have several to hand!
This simple rectangle of fabric is the ultimate multi-tasker.
It is a quick way to add a touch of YOU to personalise an INGA Wellbeing top or dress and can dress up an outfit in a myriad of different ways. There are videos with suggestions for how to wear your scarf – Click here for men and here for women!
Keeps you warm when you go outside for some much-needed fresh air;
Helps to cover you up and keep your modesty while waiting for an examination or treatment; and,
Can make your hospital room feel more like home when used as a blanket on your bed or draped over a chair.
These wonderfully versatile little bits of cloth can even help you feel better! Colour therapists will advise you that by taking several shawls or scarves of different colours – ideally one of each of the seven chakra shades (red, orange, yellow, green, blue,indigo and violet) – you can reflect and support your physical and emotional wellbeing. For more information on colour therapy, click here.
And of course, men are just as able to benefit from a colourful shawl or blanket laid on a bed or chair, even if they don’t want to wear them around their shoulders.
So pop a few of your favourites in your hospital bag!