They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, whether or not a woman feels beautiful has less to do with how others see her and more with how she sees herself. Having self-confidence means to love and accept yourself as you are. That’s not always easy, though. In the era of Instagram and printed media where we’re constantly exposed to images of surreal women’s beauty, we may begin to focus on our flaws. Flawless radiant skin, lush curls, long smooth legs, and stylish outfits may affect the way we perceive ourselves. We tend to forget that reality is something different. Our flaws are what make us unique and beautiful. If you’re craving a confidence boost, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered 10 useful ideas that can help you work on your beauty inside-out so you can shine brighter than ever before.
1. Fashion therapy.
It’s true when they say that when you look good, you feel good. You have probably noticed by now what effect clothes we wear have on our self-esteem. It’s impossible not feel attractive when you slip into a flattering dress and high heels. Your posture gets better, your legs look longer and leaner, and the general feeling you have is different. You feel good and that is something people around you notice. So, if you want to raise your beauty self-esteem, the first thing you should do is start putting effort into how you look. Spend some time going through your wardrobe. Get rid of everything that you haven’t worn for more than a year. Try to pick out the outfits that flatter your figure and look for ways you can make them stand out. Feel free to experiment. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try to build your style around several classic pieces like a tailored suit, a stylish black dress, and leather bags and shoes. High-quality jeans never go out of style and their diversity makes them a necessity in every woman’s closet. Upgrading your look will undoubtedly upgrade your self-esteem too.
2. Change your hairstyle.
This is usually the first thing that most women do when they need a big change in their life. When you come across your girlfriend who has just cut her long, lush, wavy hair and replaced it with a stylish bob, you would probably think that she’s had some emotional drama going on. Even though it’s true in most cases, there are still examples of drastic hairstyle changes that have nothing to do with breaking up with a boyfriend or losing a job. Sometimes, a girl just needs a change. The recent studies have shown that hair is one of the first things we notice on people we meet. Hairstyle also as a great effect on the way we feel about ourselves. If you’re looking for ways to boost your beauty self-esteem, pay a visit to your hairdresser. Don’t hesitate to step out of your comfort zone and try something completely different. Whether it’s a change of length, hair color or texture, consult with them about the changes you wish to make and let them suggest the best option for your face shape and complexion.
3. Enhance your physical appearance.
They say that beauty comes from within, and that is true. What is also true is that sometimes the changes we make on our physical appearance can make a huge difference in our self-esteem. Sometimes, skincare products and a new hairdo just won’t do. That’s where plastic surgery steps in. It’s still a controversial topic despite the raise in procedures over the years but the main point is to do whatever makes you feel happy. Sometimes a day at the spa getting a nice facial or laser work to clear your skin will do the trick! Microblading your eyebrows is another fun alternative that will make you feel great and also save time in the morning. Eyelash extensions are another great quick fix to automatically uplifting your face so you can wakeup in makeup.
4. Laugh as often as you can.
Some believe that laughter is the best medicine. As many benefits it has on our wellbeing, what we do know is that people who smile look happier. It is believed that your body can’t distinguish fake laughter from the real one. That means that you are one decision away from a complete transformation of not only your mood but your look as well. Smile is the best and the simplest beauty booster there is. Another advantage laughing has is its contagiousness. It will consequently lift everyone around you. We understand that it’s impossible to keep a smile on your face at all times. However, it’s important to try and laugh in situations when you least feel like it. You’ll notice the shift in your mood and the change in perception. It’s a positive habit that will bring you not only a healthier approach to life but will raise your self-esteem as well.
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5. Find what you love and excel at it.
We live in a world full of everyday stresses and piles of obligations. Long hours at the office, commuting, house chores, and family obligations can leave you drained at the end of the day. The feeling of not being enough (something) may begin to sink in. We all need time just for ourselves. So, take up a hobby that you like and become excellent at it. Whether it’s painting, programming, or knitting, make sure it’s something that makes you feel happy. When you feel happy, you’re naturally more beautiful. As soon as you start developing your skill, your self-esteem will begin to rise. So, find what you love and make it a part of your everyday life.
6. Surround yourself with positive people.
Nothing can drain you more than people’s negativity. If you’re surrounded by people who are extremely harsh on themselves and criticize everything and everyone around them, you’ll soon become a part of that. We’re not saying that you should stick to those who have their pink glasses on at all times and all costs. Honesty is important, but it’s not enough on its own. If you want to raise your beauty self-esteem, you should spend time with people who love themselves and believe in their dreams, because they’ll do the same from you. They will focus on your virtues instead of flaws and will motivate you to pursue your dreams. Around them, you’ll feel beautiful and worthy and also capable and brave enough to follow your passion.
7. Stay active.
We’re all aware of the benefits physical activity has on our bodies. But what’s also important is how it changes the way we see ourselves. Exercising regularly lowers the levels of bad cholesterol and blood pressure. It also transfers plenty of fresh oxygen to every cell in our body. Sweating is an excellent way to get rid of the toxins we have stored in our liver. It consequently leaves our skin purified and glowing. Working out also boosts our cognitive function and it boosts the production of so-called “feel-good” chemicals. It’s one of the best stress relief techniques out there. Finally, it strengthens your muscles, improving your posture. Your joints become lubricated and your muscles lean and strong. Feeling good in your body will not only boost your overall health but your self-esteem as well. Find the activity that best suits you and incorporates it into your weekly schedule. Whether you like hiking, cycling, yoga or weight lifting, make sure you find time for your workout at least two to three times a week.
8. Pamper yourself.
If you don’t learn how to take care of yourself, nobody will. It’s up to you to find time for some beauty rituals that will nourish not only your body but your mind as well. If you prefer professional treatments, you can go to a local beauty salon and enjoy a spa day. Whether you opt for a full package or not, you can indulge in a relaxing massage, a face treatment, and a manicure. However, if you’d rather unwind at home, that’s ok. There are many little things you can do on your own that will make you look fresh and beautiful. Dedicate one day in a week just for yourself. Prepare a nice hot bubble bath. You can add some sea salt or aromatherapy oils. Light a few candles, play relaxing music in the background, put a nourishing mask on your face and dive in. It will leave your skin soft and glowing, your muscles relaxed, and your self-esteem boosting.
9. Eat your way to beautiful.
There’s a saying that you are what you eat. If you add the one that beauty comes from within, you get the picture. Choice of foods you eat affects greatly the way you look. A healthy diet is not only important because of the wrinkles on your face or numbers on the scale at the gym. It’s important because it keeps our immune system strong and fights illnesses. If you’ve been thinking about changing your eating habits, now is the perfect time to do it. First things first, you’ll have to ditch the fast food. As much as we all reach for those delicious cheeseburgers, this type of food is extremely unhealthy. It’s full of sugar, fat, and salt. It raises the levels of bad cholesterol and causes high blood pressure. Instead, base your diet on plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. They are full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Fish is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which keep your brain cells healthy and strong. Nuts are an excellent choice of protein and fiber, therefore, a fantastic snack option. Try to make your plate as colorful as possible and stick to 3-2 meal plan. You should have 3 main meals and a snack in between. Breakfast is the most important meal in the day so make sure you don’t skip it. If you’re not hungry in the morning, you can prepare something light and easy like cereal with milk or Greek yogurt with fresh fruit.
10. Believe in yourself.
As inspiring as it sounds, sometimes it’s far from easy. But like everything else, it’s a skill you cultivate. It’s not a magical change that happens overnight. You have to work hard on it until it becomes so natural act that you don’t have to think about it anymore. There are plenty of books that deal with this subject. Do some research and find those that have great reviews. Also, there are many other small steps that you can take. Pay attention to your thoughts. Every time you catch yourself with negativity in your mind, stop yourself. Learn to select your thoughts the same way you select your words. That leads us to vocabulary. Replace the criticism with constructive suggestions. Even though you should learn to take responsibility for your actions, that doesn’t mean that you’re responsible for everything that’s happening around you. Even if you fail sometimes, try to see the situation as a lesson, not as a mistake. Keeping a positive attitude will strengthen your self-confidence and when you start believing in yourself, your whole life will change for better.
The term beauty is complex on so many levels. We are all beautiful in our uniqueness and that is something that we should cherish. Hopefully, these tips will help you work on yourself inside out and bring out the best of you. Eating healthy, taking care of your body and your thoughts will boost your self-confidence and make you feel more beautiful than ever before.