Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but more than it’s subjective, it’s a feeling that you yourself can start cultivating today. Imagine that you wake up feeling beautiful tomorrow. Your life would likely be quite different from what it is now; maybe you’d finally have the confidence to ask your crush out or maybe you’d do better in job interviews and join that volunteering group you’ve always wanted to be a part of. While a drastic transformation might seem unbelievable, it doesn’t take much. All you need is commitment. Here are some major keys to how you can start feeling beautiful today.
Try Positive Affirmations
Social media is problematic for one reason; it tricks you into believing that you have to be perfect to matter and that beauty equals happiness. It doesn’t take much to subconsciously start adopting this view in real life. Whenever you find an imperfection in yourself, whether it’s a fine line or a spot, you might notice your mood taking a turn and start wondering if a cosmetic procedure is your only option to feel beautiful.
But no amount of touch-ups will make you happy because no filler can magically increase your self-esteem. That’s why you should change your perspective and focus on building your confidence. Start from positive affirmations; stand in front of a mirror and tell yourself that you’re powerful, beautiful and good enough. Repeat this to yourself every day and try your best to believe it.
Watch Who You Follow On Social Media
It’s easy to say that confidence is half of the success when a flawless selfie pops up in your feed every few seconds. But here’s the thing; there will always be someone prettier than you out there and comparing yourself to others will only make you miserable. As an act of self-care, stop following social media accounts that don’t serve your well-being. Focus on accounts that didn’t become popular for promoting outer beauty and that can inspire you to become a happier version of yourself.
Experiment With Makeup
While feeling beautiful might have nothing to do with the outer appearance, looking your best can improve your self-esteem and makeup is a great form of self-expression. Be careful though because the line between expressing yourself and hiding your true self is quite thin. Instead of focusing on covering every single flaw, emphasize the features that make you unique and experiment with different styles. Pro tip: using bright colours can boost your mood just how smiling tricks your brain into being happy. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
Find a Hobby That Empowers You
To quote Erin McKean, “Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female’ ”. While society might make you think that not being considered attractive is the end of the world, remember that life is about so much more than pleasing others. Think about what your goals are and what makes you feel alive. A good way to connect with your needs and increase your self-esteem is finding a hobby – there’s nothing more beautiful than joy and fulfilment.
One of the most self-esteem boosting activities these days is pole dance that’s been gaining a lot of popularity over the past few years. It’s still surrounded by stigma but let’s face it, going against outdated society’s views can give you a kick like no other. Plus, it’s difficult to feel not good enough when you can hold your whole body weight and contort yourself in crazy positions.