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10 Secrets to Looking and Feeling Great (Inside and Out)

10 Secrets to Looking and Feeling Great (Inside and Out)

Nobody is immune to waking up in the morning and not feeling beautiful, for no particular reason. It happens to the best of us, but this feeling will dim any confidence and put a damper on the day. Even on the worst days, it is possible to get into the mindset of feeling amazing inside and out—here’s how!

1. Eat Well

What you put into your body does impact your mood. Avoid foods that are processed, laced with antibiotics, and high in carbs or sugar. The chemical that makes you happy, serotonin, is primarily made in the gut. Watch what you eat!

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2. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Each person is unique, therefore everyone has positive attributes that others may lack. Remember, that to feel beautiful you must view yourself as an individual, and not as a person that is to be compared to someone else. This is an awful trap that causes people to measure their worth against that of others.

3. Get Plenty of Exercise

This is one of the best ways to feel happy and healthy. It is a natural mood booster due to the endorphins that are released. It doesn’t have to be a full hour workout, put on your walking shoes and take a short walk. Even a simple shoulder workout will release these endorphins while working to eliminate arm flab.

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4. Dress How You Want to Feel

Wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt are comfortable and will put you in a mood to relax, but if this has become your norm, aim to dress up at least twice a week. This will lift your mood and boost your confidence, making you feel as beautiful as you truly are.

5. Find Peace of Mind

Think about what you value in life, and are you living true to them? Are you constantly worried about the little things? Are you overwhelmed all the time? Take a look at your daily life and cut out the things that you can- it will give you more free time and peace of mind.

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6. Heighten Your Facial Care

Discover a new beauty product, whether it is a new foundation for your makeup or a product that will help to get rid of acne fast. These are things that are small changes, but will no doubt change the way that you feel. Knowing that you are taking the best care of your skin will add to your confidence.

7. Confidence is Key

This is how people become the center of attention- regardless of what they look like. When you want to look the part you must act like it. Get rid of the negative thoughts and reward yourself with positive reassurance. Focus on what you love about yourself, and know that you are fabulous every day.

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8. Treat Yourself

Take a break when you feel that it is needed, and pamper yourself when you feel that it is needed. Feelings of anxiety, stress, and tiredness will not help you with feeling beautiful. Choose to take part in any relaxing activities that you love.

9. Be Aware of your Body and Facial Expressions

Good posture says that an individual feels confident and beautiful without using verbal communication. Even on days that you do not feel beautiful, try to sit and stand with your shoulders back, not slouching. Smiling is also an instant way to boost a mood for yourself and others that catch it.

10. Create Something

Allow your inner beauty to reflect the beauty that is inside of you. Create spaces that are pretty to look at, whether it is an updated arrangement on a coffee table or a new flower box outside of a large window.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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