As women, the beauty industry pushes products on us almost on a daily basis. With all of the skincare, haircare, makeup, clothing, jewelry, weight-loss pills, etc. on the market, it can be difficult to stay confident in who we are. The truth is, a new foundation or new dress doesn’t make anyone beautiful. Beauty begins on the inside, and in more ways than one.
How You Can Stay Beautiful from the Inside Out
When most people say that “beauty is on the inside,” they are referring to a person’s personality, attitude, morals, etc. While being a kind and positive person certainly makes a man or woman more beautiful to others, that’s not what we are discussing here. Instead, we are talking about simple, inner habits that improve health and encourage confidence. A healthy woman is a confident woman, and a confident woman exudes inner beauty that already exists.
Confident, radiant beauty all comes down to lifestyle. Begin by implementing the following habits into your daily schedule.
1. Decrease stress.
They’re two simple words that make all the difference in the world. Did you know that stress can cause serious, long-term health problems? In addition to high blood pressure, muscle tension, and headaches, stress can cause insomnia and depression. It makes you irritable, angry, and tired. It even affects your appearance. We live in a fast-paced world, but to improve your quality of life, you have to slow down. Organize your schedule in order of priority, then remove low-priority activities. Balance your work with more calming, pleasurable activities. Avoid interacting with people that only add stress to your life.
We know that eliminating stress is easier said than done, but the results are worth it. Sleep better at night, enjoy your free time more, and build a more positive lifestyle.
2. Eat whole foods (and stay hydrated).
While it’s virtually impossible to keep up with the beauty industry’s dietary standards, it is important to pay attention to what you eat. Constantly fueling up with junk food, empty calories, fat, and sugar doesn’t just affect weight. In fact, an unbalanced diet produces sluggishness, brain fog, shortness of breath, lack of motivation, and more. To increase your confidence and became a stronger, more beautiful you, try making a lifestyle change. More whole foods and lots of water make for a healthy diet. Of course, dessert is still on the table from time to time!
3. Make activity part of your daily lifestyle.
Many women find it difficult to squeeze a 45-minute gym workout into their already busy day. If that’s you, try shifting your mindset toward an active lifestyle rather than a gym-centered lifestyle. Running 3 miles on the treadmill is great, but so is taking a brisk morning walk with your dog. Lifting weights is great, but so is reorganizing the bookshelf and dusting the blinds. Try to build mild exercise into your daily activities. No gym membership required. Of course, it is always helpful to keep track of the goals you set for yourself. A Fitbit smartwatch can help you monitor your daily activity without the stress of scheduling a workout.
4. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
Sleep affects our health more than most of us realize. Studies have shown that irregular sleep patterns contribute to weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and more. Additionally, a lack of sleep makes it difficult to think, focus, or work. To increase your productivity and make yourself feel better, implement a regular sleep schedule where you receive 7-8 hours of solid sleep per night. As an added bonus, your face will reflect the glow!
5. Find a positive outlet.
Finally, encourage your inner beauty to shine through by finding that one activity that allows you to “reset.” For some people, a walk in the sunshine is a positive outlet. For others, it’s painting a picture. Others might take a hot bubble bath, while some treat themselves to a nice coffee. Find those little joys, and take advantage of them.
What is Beauty All About?
Remember, the opinions of others don’t matter. Every woman is beautiful in her own way, and the purpose of the above tips is not to “make you more beautiful.” Rather, it’s to remind you that you have the capability to be strong, confident, and beautiful in spite of industry standards. Make your health a priority so that you can live your best, beautiful life!