When you feel good, you look good. Yes, the right hair and shoes can be a major part of cultivating that, but the #1 stunner is always going to be a little (okay, more like big) dose of confidence. Here are 10 steps to boosting that self-confidence and bringing out your inner goddess – because you deserve to always look and feel your best.
Step 1. Wear what makes you feel good.
Nurture your own sense of personal style. Whether that includes trying out different kinds of makeup or going bare-faced, wearing loose-fitting, flowy clothes or showing off your curves, it's time to start investing in signature looks that make YOU feel good.
Let's face it, we all succumb to trends (hey, I'm a beauty editor – I can't help it!) but part of creating your own signature style is finding those pieces that just scream your name. Sometimes that can mean splurging on a big piece (just make sure it's one that's going to last), and that's okay!
I've always been a big proponent of the idea that "If you're not dying to have it, then it's not worth it," and in my experience, that couldn't be more true. But it also means that when you're shopping big, it's a financially savvy idea to shop smart. This usually means to only purchase in terms of outfits. If you're in the mood to shop (but not splurge – at least, too much), what can you add to your wardrobe that you don't already have? What item would complete that top you haven't worn since that one pool party last summer, the one that is still hanging in your closet with an air of lonely melancholy, begging, "Wear me"?
Steps 2, 3 and 4. Drink lots of water, work out, and get enough sleep.
Okay, okay, so these three steps are all pretty much given, which is why I'm lumping them together, but seriously.
a.) It's never too late to hydrate.
b.) By now we shouldn't even have to tell you how important it is to incorporate a regular workout routine into your schedule, for both your mental and physical health.
and c.) With all that being said, how about we throw a wrench in the works and tell you this: Stop feeling guilty for not getting as much sleep as doctors recommend. Focus instead on improving the quality of the sleep you ARE getting. The rest will soon come. (No pun intended, haaa.)
Step 5. Create goals for the future.
Pro tip: It helps if you write them down. They can be as big or small as you like; but when you write them down, you can now hold yourself accountable. Want to get the creative juices flowing? Try making a vision board.
Once you've established your goals you can then set about tackling each one. We suggest doing this at the beginning of every month so that you can really feel good about yourself when you look back on everything you've accomplished. #KickingAssandTakingNames Think about it: What can you do today that your future self will thank you for? Got it? Good – now get it done!
Step 6. Don't compare yourself to others.
This might sound cliche, but the only person you should try to be better than is the person you used to be. No matter what, the process of personal growth includes the need to focus on growing and cultivating progress for your individual self. Comparing yourself to others on their separate journeys is just going to get in the way of your own path. Know your worth.
Step 7. Set up a good support system.
Surround yourself with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself, those who stay positive about you and how much you have to offer even when you don't necessarily feel that way. A positive lifestyle doesn't mean never feeling negative; instead it's all about the mindset – and making the choice to regularly let the good in our lives outweigh the bad.
Step 8. Always prioritize what feels good for you...
...no matter what others may have to say about it.
Step 9. Learn how to say no.
If something doesn't feel right to you, learn how to walk away. Try not to feel the constant need to apologize or explain yourself, either. Staying true to you sometimes means cutting out things, people and circumstances in your life that just aren't contributing to your growth as a person.
Step 10. Disconnect to reconnect.
Sometimes, what you really gotta do is just unplug. Disconnect from your electronic devices, glaring white screens and the online world in general to reconnect with your inner or outer landscape. We promise, social media will still be there when you log back in.