For me, my physical body and my mental state go hand in hand. They are both very important to me. When I was obese and unkempt, I felt very much that way. If someone says I am unattractive it will ruin my whole day, maybe even my week. I tend to dwell on things like that. My social anxiety completely overwhelms me when I worry about how I present myself to others, not just physically but mentally as well. Even though I have always been concerned with what others thought, I was still not that aware of how I looked. I would wear mismatching clothes, or have a stain, or not shave, and I wouldn't care. It just wasn't something I conciously thought about, but when someone would point it out to me I would almost feel humiliated. Now that I work in a professional environment I have to pay MUCH more attention to my appearance and I am rewarded when I do. I have found that even if I don't care how I look, other people do, and things can be MUCH easier if I spend a little extra time in the morning to make myself more attractive or I conciously spend time thinking about a nice outfit to wear. I wouldn't say I am consumed with vanity by any means, but I do recognize the benefits of being well-groomed.