6 Ways to Raise Your Self-Esteem and Confidence
In today’s perfection obsessed world, it is challenging to preserve your self-esteem and confidence. The edited and unrealistic images of impeccable faces and bodies we see every day have shifted the paradigm of what’s considered beautiful and acceptable.
Due to these media portrayals that define beauty so narrowly, people have become more self-aware and self-critical about their appearances than ever.
Rejecting unrealistic beauty ideals is one of the best things we can do for our self-esteem and mental health. Let’s look at another six ways to raise your beauty, self-esteem, and confidence.
Work With Your Body, Not Against It
Did you know that there is an entire team of people working to make robots’ faces and bodies imperfect so that they would look more realistic and human? Well, it’s actually our flaws that make us human.
Instead of preoccupying ourselves with our imperfections and undergoing unnecessary procedures to improve our looks, we can practice new thought patterns to perceive ourselves in a healthier way.
Making some tweaks to your thought patterns can help you build a more positive body image.
For starters, record the positives about your personality and body by making a list of ten things you like about yourself. Write detailed sentences about these qualities and read them often.
Getting active, either physically or taking steps to accomplish something, is a surefire way to make you feel good. Small steps will slowly add up to big achievements, further boosting your confidence.
Studies show that regular physical activity is a great self-esteem booster. So is helping others, so you may consider volunteering for a cause you find important!
Regular exercise enhances our mood and puts our mind in a more positive state in the short term. Besides that, exercise and yoga are great for keeping your energy levels up all day long.
And in the long run, you can expect an additional increase in your self-esteem since your abilities and physique will change for the better.
Treat your body the way it deserves! A bubble bath, a massage, a nap, or spending time in a peaceful place to relax are all great ways to appreciate your body. Pampering yourself with an occasional facial or a spa treatment will give you an instant boost of beauty self-esteem.
And even more, developing healthy habits and caring for your appearance can significantly help you stay healthy and build confidence.
The goal is to embrace your natural beauty and support it with the right regimen. A little pampering and a couple of quality products can go miles in improving your skin condition and overall wellness.
To get the best for your skin and hair, make sure to detox your beauty routine. This way, you’ll steer clear from harmful ingredients and preserve your health and beauty.
Dare to Be Different
We forget our uniqueness is our strength, and we often dismiss our individual qualities by trying to fit the norm. Capitalize on what makes you different, and if you’re afraid that you will be ridiculed, or excluded, don’t be! In reality, others are concerned about themselves too and have the same fears as you do.
And for those who may judge you, well, you don’t need that kind of people around you in the first place.
Winnie Harlow is a model whose career skyrocketed due to her rare skin condition, which gives her an extraordinary appearance and sets her apart from thousands of similar-looking girls. And she prides herself on looking different, too.
Highlighting your unique features and qualities can make you distinctive and fresh and give you a competitive edge to stand out in the pool of others trying to fit the current beauty ideal.
Put on a Happy Face
Did you know that smiling at another person releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel happy and raise your self-esteem as well? When you smile, your brain gets an instant mood boost from muscle contraction.
And since smiling faces are more attractive, people are more likely to respond with a happy face, so this boost gets prolonged by others smiling back at you. Genuinely smiling at others and maintaining a positive attitude helps you build healthy relationships and affects your self-esteem.
Luckily, our attitudes can be changed. We can learn to avoid comparisons and be less of a perfectionist and less judgmental. We also can choose friends that value our personality and are not too critical.
And with more knowledge about self-love, you can enhance your self-esteem even more and let your beauty shine through.
As wonderful as compliments are, many of us struggle to accept them. If someone compliments you, soak up that recognition and take pride in it. You certainly deserved it, so enjoy it fully.
Simply saying “thank you” when someone compliments your curly hair or your bright complexion will make both your admirer and you feel better about the exchange.
Believing a compliment is sincere might be tricky for some people. Instead of just hearing compliments and questioning people’s motives, listen to them and take them to heart.
Remember: self-acceptance is a process, and it may take some time, as learning to receive compliments does.
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