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Give your self-esteem a well-deserved boost with our advice on how to feel beautiful, both inside and out.
Embrace A Positive Outlook
Shifting your mental attitude might sound like a huge task, but tackling a ‘glass half empty’ mind-set can be done by using a few small techniques each day. Firstly, when you wake, think of three things you’re grateful for. Whether its your partner, job, family or friends, take a moment to focus on why they make you happy. Secondly, don’t forget you are the person in control of your decisions and if you feel negative, you have the power to change that. Lastly, start your day with a warm, wide grin. Remember, it takes 17 muscles to smile and 42 muscles to frown.
Don’t Skimp On Skincare
If you’re the proud owner of glowing, blemish-free skin your confidence is guaranteed to soar, so it’s important not to scrimp on your basic beauty products if you want a flawless face and the feeling to go with it. By finding the right creams, lotions and potions to suit your skin type, you can transform your complexion from dull, drab and spotty to youthful and dewy. If there’s one thing we suggest you spend a little more on it’s cleansers, toners, moisturisers and serums.
Dress To Impress
If you look great on the outside, there’s no doubt you’ll feel better on the inside so what’s stopping you from slipping into your favourite fitted frock and some sassy undies for an instant mood lifter? Whether you feel gorgeous in heels and a slimming dress or skinny jeans and a t-shirt, wear what makes you happy. Try affordable but luxurious fabrics such as silk-mixes and always ensure you style yourself to compliment your body shape. Comfy, matching lingerie is a great place to start!
Confidence doesn’t only come from mental change and a wardrobe makeover, it can manifest itself in something as small as a step. The next time you take a walk, drop your shoulders, lift your chin, straighten your back and take longer, slower strides. You’ll instantly realise how hunched your usual posture is and how much more authoritative and self-assured you feel. It’s one of the quickest ways to fake confidence, and who knows, you might even start to feel it for real.
‘Treat Yourself’ Time
Whether you indulge in a scented bubble bath, a lustrous hair treatment or a glossy manicure, take some time each week to put yourself at the top of your priority list. Ignore that batch of never-ending jobs for a moment and get help looking after the kids to free up some ‘treat yourself’ time, because pampering is incredibly important when it comes to increasing your self-worth. It also allows you to truly relax and switch off which is proven to reduce stress, anxiety and tension.
The Importance Of Eye Contact
It’s one of the most genuine gestures you can offer another person, but many people steer clear of locking eyes if they’re lacking in confidence. To cheat your way to better self-esteem, try meeting someone’s eyes during a conversation and holding their gaze for a few seconds. Not only will you appear far more interested and understanding, it’ll make you look and feel approachable too.
It’s an age old lesson that you should learn to love yourself, but it’s not as easy as it sounds so try a little self-affirmation to help you build that beauty confidence. Write a positive statement on your bathroom mirror stating what you love about yourself – your bright eyes, your friendly smile – and read it out loud every morning. These ‘self-scripts’ can help change your own negative perceptions and help you believe you are as amazing as everyone else thinks you are.
Add A Little Exercise
From solo sports such as running and yoga to team activities like netball, exercise plays a huge factor in boosting confidence. As well as releasing endorphins - the ‘feel good’ chemical - into your body, it can strengthen your muscles, your mind, help you lose weight and even build friendships with other active people. Plus, you might even enjoy it…