To feel beautiful in your own skin is nothing but hard. The world has amplified the definition of beauty in a way that makes us question our own. This can lead us to want to change who are and what we look like. Here are 10 ways that can help you feel beautiful just the way you are!
1. Stop looking around and start looking at yourself
Social media has made us believe that we are not beautiful enough. The constant comparison is what many of us are struggling with on a daily basis. Sometimes we even post just to receive the validation that we want from others. Every time we post a picture, those likes that we accumulate may give us a small “high” that we needed for a moment, but it’s never everlasting and very detrimental to our mental health.
Stop looking to the outside for what you wish to have and start looking on the inside of what you do have. Who you are is so special. You are beautiful in every way possible. You are exactly who you need to be at this moment and have the most amazing qualities. We are all created in a different way for a reason so, don’t let the outward expectation reflect who you truly are.
2. Make your weaknesses your strengths
We all have weaknesses and there will be times when those weaknesses make us feel insure or not as beautiful. Take the time to find out what you may not be so good at and start working on those to improve them. People don’t realize that those weaknesses are meant to make us stronger in who we are.
When you overcome your weaknesses, you show power in yourself. Others may notice how you are able to overcome your struggles, but what’s most important is that you did it on your own because YOU wanted to. That alone is amazing and definitely a confidence boost.
3. Find your talents
All of us are good at something. It could be a sport, singing, writing, makeup, styling, etc. The list could go on, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, there is something unique that we all individually possess. No two people will have the same skills, not even in the same area of interest.
Think of this as your superpower! No one can take this away from you because it’s yours! Use this to your advantage. Master the gifts that sit within you! Learn about that area, take a class, read a book, or shadow someone who is in that field. It’s all about taking the action! The more you do, the more you learn, the more learn, the better you feel.
4. Self-care is what keeps us at peace
There’s a difference between being obsessed with beauty, and loving yourself with beauty. It’s not good to fall into the trap of being addicted to perfection. There’s just nothing healthy about it, but it is healthy to make sure you take care of yourself. To feel beautiful means you are able to show that you value yourself in different ways. Self-care is one of them.
Spend some time this week with yourself. Make that bubble bath, give yourself a face mask, play some music, and pour yourself a glass of wine. Soak deep into the sea of relaxation. Doing these things are not selfish by any means. It just means you stop thinking about everyone else for a split second and you make time for you, to appreciate everything you have done. The reason you should do this weekly is that the better you feel about yourself, the more positive you will be to others around you. No one likes a crab apple!
5. Get your blood pumping
I’m sure you have heard that exercise is our best friend. Yes, yes we know. You don’t like working out either, but hear me out. It’s sort of like brushing your teeth. Doing it is annoying, but in the long run, we are grateful we did.
Exercise 3-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time. It doesn’t need to be a hard workout, but it should add a little sweat into your life! Exercise builds a positive image of yourself, making you feel a little bit more beautiful every day. Make the time to be one with yourself.
6. Clothing is your friend
Look at your closet. Do you even like anything anymore? If not, go and change it up pronto. Clothing is magical. We don’t know how it does it, but when you put on an outfit that makes you look and feel like you are the coolest chick around, there ain’t nothing stopping you!
Clothing gives us confidence. It’s an expression of who we are, or who we want to be. We feel beautiful in them. Clothing is not for anyone, but yourself. When you can walk into the world feeling like you own it, what’s the harm in that?
7. Positive affirmations are beautiful
Affirmations are definitely a topic that many feel it is either bull or the best thing on earth. For those who don’t know what affirmations are, they are positive statements that you say out loud about yourself to yourself. For example; I am beautiful, I am smart, I am talented, I am motivated, I am unique.
The reasoning of why this works is because when you say them out loud, your mind becomes tricked into thinking that is how you feel about yourself. This is sort of how you trick yourself into believing the phrase “fake it till you make it”. You probably won’t believe yourself in a day, but give it some time and you will start believing you are beautiful, smart, talented, motivated, and unique. Write your own and start now!
8. Read every day, to make the pain go away
Reading is a great way to start feeling good about yourself more every day. The more reading we implement into our lives, the more we feel capable of doing things. When you read for fun, it stimulates the brain. It helps with fighting depression, and stress. It even helps with our communication with others.
To feel beautiful in your own skin also means that you feel the confidence you want to have in yourself. A lot of the time that confidence comes from the knowledge we have or don’t think we have. Just by adding 30 minutes of reading a week, you bring your happiness levels up! Reading will help you become smarter and you will feel this too! Being beautiful is about working on the insides! Open a book and read, read, read!
9. Stop with all the social media
If you are feeling like you spend a lot of time on social media, it may be time to say goodbye to it for a while. Social media has been designed to make you addicted to it. If you don’t believe me, do your own research on it! What’s crazy is that we don’t realize how much time really goes by on these apps.
Social media is all about other people and what they are doing. We compare ourselves without even thinking about it. Step off social media for a while if you think it’s hurting your mental health. It will do you wonders and we promise you, it will make you feel beautiful to be off of it!
10. Spend time with amazing people
Who you surround yourself with will make an impact on how good or bad you feel about yourself. Spend time with the people that are positive! The reason we need to do this is that if we constantly hear the negativity of others, we will start to slowly believe what they are saying about us.
Usually, when people say something negative to you, it’s because they don’t feel confident in themselves. They feel that bringing the down the people around will make them feel better and in return, it will actually make them feel worse. Be careful with you who you spend most of your time with because it will either help or hurt who you will become in the future.