Confidence Boosting Tips to Help You Look & Feel Incredible
When it comes to looking after yourself and putting your health first, there’s scope to reap all kinds of rewards. Adopting healthy living habits doesn’t just decrease your risk of developing illnesses and diseases. It can also make an incredibly positive difference to your confidence and well being.
If you’re looking for simple ways to improve your health and ensure you look and feel amazing, here are some confidence boosting tips to take on board.
1. Exercise on a regular basis
Regular exercise is one of the most powerful tonics for improved physical and mental health. It can also make you feel really confident and happy. Physical activity brings about reactions within your body that make you feel good. For example, elevated serotonin and dopamine levels and the release of endorphins. Moving your body also helps to burn calories, which can help you regulate your weight. Not to mention, increasing your fitness and endurance, and helping you sleep.
Stress is one of the most common problems we face as a society. Exercise is a proven natural remedy for those who are prone to bouts of stress and anxiety. If you exercise on a regular basis, you should notice a difference in your mood and your general well being from day one.
It’s worth noting that even small changes can have an impact.
Many people feel anxious about starting a fitness regime, but you don’t have to go in all guns blazing to get in shape or to increase your strength and fitness. Start by walking more, going for a jog a few times a week or visiting the pool more frequently.
Stretch your legs throughout the day if you have a sedentary job, and try and hit a daily steps target. As you get fitter, you can increase the number, and try a more diverse range of activities.
2. Take care of your skin
Have you ever noticed that your skin tends to bear the brunt of sleepless or late nights? A poor diet or a general lack of due care and attention? If your skin is crying out for more water, more sleep, or some TLC in the form of nourishment and moisturization, make it your mission to look after your skin.
If you have areas or issues that concern you, there are solutions out there. Don’t let skin problems get you down. Conditions like acne and imperfections like stretch marks are very common. If you hide your skin away because you haven’t been able to find solutions to conceal stretch marks, or you feel like you can’t go out, even to the local store, without putting makeup on to cover your spots, it’s wise to seek advice. There are treatments available to tackle skin issues and reduce the severity of symptoms, and your doctor will be able to help you.
You might also find that using topical lotions or changing your skincare regime can help. Even if you’re not worried about specific skin issues, it is beneficial to take good care of your skin. Drink plenty of water, cleanse and moisturize daily, and avoid sleeping in your makeup.
Choose products that are suited to your skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, for example, opt for natural, gentle creams and oils. Some foods also have benefits for your skin, including oily fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, fruit, and vegetables. It’s also essential to protect your skin from the sun. Wear sunscreen if you’re going out on a bright day, and avoid the midday sun when the UV rays are at their most intense.
Most of us don’t feel tip-top when we’re having a bad hair day. Wash your hair every couple of days. Use heat protection sprays before styling and try and avoid intensive brushing when your hair is wet or damp. Choose products that suit your hair type, and take care when using styling tools.
If you have time, try and leave your hair to dry naturally and finish it off with a hairdryer. Applying a small amount of coconut or argan oil to the ends. This will help to protect your hair from the heat. Most stylists recommend trimming the ends off every 6-8 weeks to promote healthy growth.
4. Eat well
As a society, we tend to connect healthy eating with losing weight. The main reason we should focus on our diets is to improve our health. Your body relies on the foods you eat to function effectively. You should look to fill your basket or cart with items that are nutritional. Try and prioritize your health, rather than the number on the scale. Select foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals. Also, try to keep an eye on your intake of salt, sugar, and saturated fats. Don’t forget you’re getting enough protein and fiber, too.
Take care when following diets. Especially fad diets that have hit the headlines in magazines or on social media feeds. You might lose a lot of weight quickly if you cut out a food group, but the results won’t be sustainable. You’ll be missing out on valuable nutrients. If you are aiming to try and lose weight, work out more frequently and follow a healthy eating plan that is approved by doctors and dietitians.
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It’s also a really good idea to allow yourself a cheat day every week or once a fortnight. If you spend all your time craving fries, pizza, or cakes, this will make adopting new habits harder. The key to making long-term changes often lies in being able to control portion sizes and find the right balance.
Making healthy lifestyle choices (and using these confidence boosting tips) can boost your physical health. It can also have a dramatic impact on your self-confidence and your mental well being.
If you’re looking to make simple changes that will make you look and feel incredible, hopefully, these confidence boosting tips will point you in the right direction.
What do you do to look and feel your best?
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.