Category: Personal Development Written by Sophia Smith
We live in a world that is superficial and values physical appearance above many other things. Of course, not all people are like that, but the truth is, the way you look can largely impact various outcomes in your life.
So, what if you’re not conveniently attractive, or you have flaws that you dislike about yourself? Things like extra weight, cellulite, and acne are only some of these flaws that people have issues with, and they spend money trying to overcome them. Therefore, if you’re struggling with the way you look, then here are some tips that will help you feel better.
1. Try accepting yourself the way you are
You’ve probably heard this before, and yes, it’s still true. Once you accept your flaws, you’ll feel less upset about them. Sure, if you have the means to do cosmetic procedures, feel free to go with it. But keep in mind that, in a lot of cases, not being able to accept your physical flaws is often the symptom of a deeper issue. Practising self-acceptance, body positivity and skin positivity will help you appreciate all the good things that you have, without obsessing over the bad ones.
2. Invest in healthy and feel-good routines
Doing things for yourself can help you feel better and more grounded. Having a joyful morning routine is a lovely way to start your day. You can do yoga, go for a run, eat a nutritional breakfast or simply stay in bed and meditate. If you have time, feel free to combine these. The same goes for mid-day and evening routines: the more time you spend doing good things for yourself, the less time you’ll have to feel bad about the way you look. Plus, the consistency from your efforts will likely transform your appearance for the better anyway.
3. Don’t rely heavily on clothes and makeup
Some people tend to rely heavily on flamboyant clothes, excessive hair dye, piercings and makeup to hide their imperfections or simply to feel more accepted. In reality, instead of too much makeup, it’s better to invest in a quality skincare routine that will heal your skin from within as well as from the outside. And when you need an extra boost, you can get a moisturizing foundation cream that will nourish your skin and cover blemishes. The same goes for other clothes and accessories: sure, feel free to experiment, and go a little overboard if the situation’s right, but keep in mind that even after you take them off, you’ll still be you.
4. Embrace mindfulness as your life companion
Maybe mindfulness won’t solve all your problems, but it will definitely put them in perspective. Once you start meditating, journaling or practising gratitude, you’ll realize that life is beautiful and scary at the same time, and that you deserve love and kindness regardless of the way you look. When it comes to mindful practices, just remember to start slow and on your terms, because doing too much too soon might leave you overwhelmed and possibly drained.
5. Consider therapy
As mentioned above, being extremely dissatisfied with the way you look might be a sign of an underlying mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety or even a personality disorder. Therefore, if you can’t shake off the bad feeling whenever you look in the mirror, then it’s time to consider therapy. It’s crucial to find a reliable therapist who you trust, so you’ll be able to open up completely about your issues. In return, you’ll receive useful guidance and coping methods that will help you overcome your insecurities.
6. Turn your insecurities into your assets
Your insecurities are often only in your head, meaning that other people are very likely to not notice them at all. Therefore, you may as well turn them into your assets that will work in your favour. This is also one of the most beautiful by-products of self-acceptance and self-growth. Frizzy hair, thicker thighs or a bigger nose can be fun and attractive traits that can make you stand out from the crowd. So rather than trying to conform to often harmful beauty standards, try to find a way to accept those flaws as something uniquely yours.
Your physical appearance plays a big role in your life, however, it’s not the only thing that matters about you. Investing in it is important, but so is focusing on your skills, talents and personality, because all of that combined will definitely make you the lovely person you want and deserve to be.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Sophia Smith
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