Beauty is not something you put on. Beauty comes from the inside out.
Beauty is not just about having flawless skin, using the right products, getting regular facials. Although these are important things do to on your beauty journey, they’re not the only part! You also need a beautiful mind to truly BE beautiful.
These days, it’s harder than ever to FEEL beautiful. We’re constantly being bombarded by images of unachievable beauty. The portrayal of beauty we see in ads and in the media is an unrealistic ideal – these images have been so heavily airbrushed, Photoshopped and filtered. Even though you may know this on an intellectual level, you may still conscious or unconscious compare yourself to this impossible standard.
To truly be beautiful, you must FEEL beautiful. If you look good on the outside, but you feel crummy on the inside, what good is that? Although you may feel beautiful after a great facial, when wearing a new outfit, after losing some weigh or finding the perfect lipstick color, truly feeling beautiful is something that must be intentionally practiced on a daily basis.
Here are some tips to help you feel beautiful every day no matter what.
MOVE YOUR BODY
Exercise is one of the easiest things you can do to quickly boost your mood. Regular exercise is scientifically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Exercise also helps to make you feel more confident in your body.
Exercise: You don’t have to hit the gym hard every day to reap the benefits of exercise. Even just a 10-minute walk will help to make you feel great. Another good way to get some exercise and boost your mood? Dance!GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep report experiencing more negative moods and less positive moods. Poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while good sleep can enhance well-being. It’s definitely hard to feel beautiful when you’re exhausted!
Exercise: Be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep every single night. If you can’t get this much sleep every night, try to at least get 7+ hours of sleep at least 5 nights out of the week.STAND UP STRAIGHT
Studies show that posture is linked to self-esteem and that standing up tall (i.e. having good posture) is directly correlated to a higher level of self-confidence and a better mood. Think about it... You probably never see the most self-confident people you know slouching.
Exercise: Follow these steps to have good posture while standing: Stand up tall and pretend your back is against a wall. Hold your head straight and tuck in your chin. Pull your shoulders back, keep your knees straight, and tuck your belly in. Don't let your booty or hips stick out. Straighten up so you feel like your head stretches toward the sky.EAT RIGHT
I said it once, I will say it again and again and again. What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. Eating the right diet will not only improve the way your skin and body looks, it will also improve the way you feel. It’s an undeniable fact.
Exercise: Keep a food diary and honestly record everything. After a few weeks, take a look back through your diary. Are you eating as many whole foods such as fruits and vegetables as you thought you did? Are you eating a lot of processed foods and junk foods? Make a real effort to eat better. Try cutting out added sugars, foods that are loaded with sodium and processed foods.REDUCE STRESS
Stress is so bad for you for a ton of reasons. Not only will it ruin your mood, it also does physical damage to your body. Stress can also take a toll on your skin by causing wrinkles, dark under eye circles, acne, rashes and more.
Exercise: Learn to manage your stress! Take up a meditation practice, learn breathing techniques, find a therapist, learn kick-boxing. Whatever helps you blow-off steam, do it! And do it regularly!DO THINGS THAT YOU LOVE
When you’re doing the things you love, you light up inside and that light radiates outwards. That light is part of what makes you beautiful!
Exercise: Think of things that you love to do. I’m not talking about big things like travel and buying expensive shoes, I’m talking about the little things. Things like enjoying a morning cup of tea while reading a book, listening to your favorite song, talking to a good friend. Make a list of these things and try to do a few of them every day.SHOW KINDNESS
Being kind to others isn’t just good karma, it will make you genuinely happy too! There’s even a term for this. It’s called ‘helper’s high,’ and it refers to those good feelings you have when you know you’ve made a difference, no matter how small.
Exercise: Try to do an act of kindness every day. It doesn’t have to be big. Simply holding the door for someone, complimenting them or offering to do a favor is enough to give you a helper’s high.GIVE HUGS
There are so many benefits to hugging! Did you know that among the many benefits, the act of hugging actually releases chemicals in the brain that are responsible for happiness, feeling connected to others and self-esteem?
Exercise: Hug your friends, your family members, and your pets as often as you can! Hugging will make you both feel good.WEAR CLOTHES YOU LOVE
Don’t you love the feeling of finding an outfit that fits just right and makes you feel amazing? When you put on certain outfits, you feel and look like a million bucks!
Get rid of all the clothes that you don’t feel good in! Go out and buy clothes that you feel amazing in. If you wear clothes that make you feel beautiful every day, you will feel beautiful every day!GET OUT IN NATURE
Getting out in nature and connecting to the world outside of yourself is the best way to get out of your head. To appreciate nature, you need to be in the present moment, and being in the present moment will boost your mood.
Exercise: Try to connect with nature at least once a week. You can go on a hike or walk along the beach, but it can also be as simple as appreciating the trees in your neighborhood or the wildflowers growing along the street.TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH
You can be drop-dead gorgeous, but if you’re in poor health, it won’t matter. Be obsessive about taking care of your health. Visit your doctor and your dentist every year, eat well, drink enough water, be kind to your body.
Exercise: Are there any doctor appointments you’ve been putting off? Are there any healthy habits you know you should start but keep putting off? Make a promise to yourself today to start living a healthier life.STOP SMOKING
This one is a no-brainer. You should know by now that not only does smoking damage your health, it also damages your skin and teeth. Smoking will give you wrinkles prematurely and under eye bags and it will also leave your skin look gaunt and grey.
Exercise: STOP SMOKING.