Improve Your Appearance to Boost Self-Esteem
The way we feel is important but, the way we look on the outside is important too. It’s not about being vain or comparing ourselves to unattainable beauty standards. It’s about being the best we can possibly be. When you look good and feel good, inside and out, it can give your self-esteem a boost.
Since appearance and health are closely linked, when you look your best on the outside it’s usually because you’re at optimum health too. If you’re unhappy with the way you look, here are some of the things you can do to make a positive change.
Focus on your Physical Health
One of the best things you can do for both your health and your appearance is to maintain a healthy weight. There are lots of calculators online that allow you to work out your BMI. For most people, the weight range it provides a weight range that you should aim for. It will help you to avoid all kinds of preventable health conditions.
Eating well, exercising and generally looking after your body over a prolonged period of time will allow you to reach your goals. If you’re way under or over what you should be, speak to your GP.
There’s no shame in it.
They will be happy that you’re taking initiative and be able to provide you with the support you need. This could be anything from dietician visits to medication or weight loss surgery. This is all depending on your situation.
Start a hair care regime
As the old saying goes, ‘your hair is the ball gown you never take off.’ We all know how bad we feel when we have a bad hair day. We also know how great we feel after just leaving the salon. Our hair contributes a lot to our identity. It’s important to give it the care it deserves.
Invest in some good quality oils, deep conditioners and hair care products. Use them regularly to inject moisture and life back into your hair. Visit the hairdresser regularly, even if it’s just to have the split ends chopped off.
If you’re feeling like a change, consider a dramatic cut or have some extensions fitted. You could completely change the colour. It’s a fantastic way to play around with your look and have a bit of a switch up if you’re bored of your style.
Think about your skin
Your skin is pretty much the first thing a person sees when they speak to you. If you’re having a bad skin day then it’s always going to make you feel down. There’s no real hiding from it, it’s not like your hair where you could cover it with a hat. Even foundation won’t cover serious acne or other skin issues very easily.
Issues with the skin are often a result of underlying problems in the body, often hormonal. This means that simple topical washes and over the counter treatments won’t be that effective.
Speak to your GP, in many cases medications can alleviate the issue or at least make everything more manageable. Go to a spa offering facials and other treatments.
Build a skincare routine that works for you.
Follow it each morning and evening. It will protect it from pollution and skin damage, and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. A good skin treatment routine will leave it feeling fresh and supple.
Change up your style
Finally something as simple as changing the style of clothes you wear can make a dramatic difference. If you’ve been wearing the same type of clothing for years, why not switch it up?
Go into a shop and try some things on, pick up items you never would usually go for. Maybe you’ll put something on and you will feel more like ‘you’ than you have in years.
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If you always wear black, try something with a bit of colour. If you always wear pants, try a dress. Experiment with makeup, or accessories like bags, scarves and jewellery. Have fun with it!
How do you boost your self-esteem?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.