Most people have days when they feel less than their best for one reason or another. This is especially true in today's world where we're all exposed to media images of people who always look put together and beautiful. But the next time you're dealing with a bad hair day or thinking you've gained too much holiday weight, don't get defeated! Instead of feeling bad about yourself all day, why not set aside some “me time” to feel better? Maybe you've been eyeing some fancy lingerie, or perhaps you've been looking for an excuse to get an expensive haircut. The next time you're feeling down about your appearance, try one of these pick-me-up tips.
Schedule a Spa or Salon Day
Treating yourself to a rejuvenating facial, relaxing massage, manicure, or pedicure can make you feel better about the way you look. On a day that you're feeling down, this could be just the confidence boost that you need! If you don't feel like venturing out to a salon (and because lounging in your pajamas definitely counts as “me time”), you can still feel better by painting your own nails and giving yourself a hair treatment at home. You can also create your own relaxation and rejuvenation experience by filling your bathtub with hot water, surrounding it with candles, and playing tranquil music. You'll emerge clean, rejuvenated, and feeling much better about yourself.
Treat Yourself to a Shopping Spree
Maybe you've been eyeing a new flirty lingerie set, which could be just the thing you need to boost your confidence. Or perhaps you want a new outfit to look and feel more respectable at work. If you’re planning a date night in the near future, go ahead and get that dazzling dress you've had your heart set on. You can justify a purchase by acknowledging how hard you've been working lately or recognizing that you just accomplished something difficult. That's all the more reason to reward yourself!
Try a New Haircut
Like a massage or a manicure, getting a new haircut can give you a fresh new look and newfound confidence. Maybe you've always wanted to try a lighter color in your hair or even go darker. Perhaps you've always worn your hair long, but now you want to give it a trendier and more dramatic look. If you need inspiration, ask your stylist for recommendations, or you can bring in a picture from a magazine of someone with a haircut that you like.
Purchase Some Nice Hair or Beauty Products
Beauty certainly starts from the inside, but the attention (or lack of) that you pay to your skin and hair also affects the perception that you and people around you have about your appearance. Sometimes people hesitate to buy quality personal care items because they fear that they’re too luxurious or frivolous. But investing in yourself by purchasing a new hair or beauty product isn't attaching your worth to a product. Instead, you’re rewarding yourself. For instance, getting a set of hair care products to tame frizz or retain the color from your new haircut goes a long way in making you feel better about yourself whenever that nagging doubt creeps in. Skincare products, which keep your skin looking healthy, radiant, and beautiful, are another investment that might seem superficial, but they’re actually a great way to show that you’re proud to take care of yourself. Additionally, getting a compliment about how good your skin or hair looks from others will also make you feel more confident.
Live a Healthier Lifestyle
While many ideas for pampering yourself focus on how you'll benefit from the outside, making some changes to live a healthier lifestyle will do wonders for your self-esteem, too. Getting outside for some fresh air, even if it's just a short walk, is a great way to improve your mood and feel better about the way you look. Exercise also releases endorphins, which are responsible for producing that “feel good” experience that many people have after a workout. Along with being active, swapping junk food with healthier alternatives will make you feel better physically. It will also make your skin and body look well-kept, too.
If you work nonstop, if you're dealing with a stressful personal situation, or if you simply don't ever take “me time,” know that it's okay to reward yourself! Whether boosting your mood and your appearance means taking a trip to the spa, getting a fresh new haircut, or purchasing some new clothes, a little investment in yourself goes a long way in making you feel happier and more confident.
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