“When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you do good.”
Which will you choose between the two? Look good? Or feel good? Because in this complicated world, having the best of both worlds may seem like a tough goal.
But each time you feel some things are just too hard to reach, remember these two: you’re worth more than you think you are, and you can achieve great things if you pour your heart into it.
How you look can affect the way you show up in public. Because reality speaking, you will feel better if you’re confident about the way you look and the general state of your health.
With that being said, here are 10 easy ways you can do to make yourself look good and feel good:
Eat right and healthy
Eating right and healthy will keep your body fit, healthy, and you can minimize your risk of getting sick. A healthy body has a sound mind, balanced hormones, and organs that function properly
The most revolutionary thing you can do is to love your body. Because if you love your body, you will treasure and prioritize it more than anything else.
Keep in mind that the key to feeling good and looking good starts with how you take care of yourself.
Establish a healthy sleeping pattern
As the saying goes, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
A tired mind doesn't plan well. When you wake up and still feel exhausted, respect what your body demands and go back to sleep. Let your mind rest for another 20 to 30 minutes, so you will have the energy to fulfill your daily routines later on.
If that additional sleep bothers you because you might miss an important appointment or task, the least you can do is to not stand up right away. Meditate or close your eyes for 5 minutes to prepare your brain before you proceed to start your day.
Prioritizing a healthy sleeping pattern is a good form of self-love. Make sure you’re strict with your sleeping schedule in order to get an excellent quality and sufficient sleep:
- Get up earlier, so you can finish all your tasks in one day
- Go to bed early, so you can get enough sleep and beauty rest
Small acts mean a lot
Those little things you do every day will make significant results one day.
Are you a bit of a perfectionist that even the slightest thing that’s out-of-place triggers your OCD?
Cannot go out with dirty dishes left in the sink?
Unable to focus properly unless you make your bed?
If you feel weird because you’re a clean freak, don’t be. You’re special because not everybody has that. Unconsciously, being a clean and organized person has a lot of benefits for both emotional and mental health.
You’ll soon understand that since you’re a clean freak, your home prevents germs and bacteria from growing in, which means a pleasant smelling house and a healthier you.
Have good personal hygiene
Personal hygiene contributes to how you look and feel about yourself, too.
If you skipped bath time, have body odors, crumpled clothes, or messy hair, do you think you’d feel confident? Obviously, no.
But when you give yourself a nice warm bath, wear deodorant, don nicely ironed clothes, and fix your hair, you feel more confident and even powerful
Dental hygiene is also very important. As you grow older, you’ll realize that dental investment is more important than other miscellaneous expenses.
There’s nothing more attractive than a person who takes good care of their hygiene.
Invest in skincare
Most people skip skincare because they think it’s pure vanity and unnecessary, but that’s actually wrong.
Skincare products give your skin the proper cleaning it needs that plain water cannot give fully.
They also serve as your skin’s most important barrier against infection and bacteria. Eating non-nutritious foods and being exposed to pollution makes your skin unhealthy. Having a daytime and nighttime skincare routine will help your skin stay in its best condition.
Know what skincare products will suit best for your skin type.
Style and groom yourself
Aside from having good personal hygiene, grooming yourself will also boost your confidence and self-esteem. And when you style and pamper yourself, make sure you’re doing it from head to toe:
- Give your hair, skin, and nails the care they need - you cannot fully consider yourself amazing if you have brittle nails, dull hair, and dry skin. Therefore, make sure your hairs, skin, and nails are well taken care of by eating the best foods for them. You can also take supplements that have biotin which can stimulate healthier hair and nail growth, as well as skin rejuvenation.
- Wear clothes you feel confident in - it doesn’t matter how trendy your clothes are, if you wear them lousily, you still won’t look good. You can be as fashionable as you want, just make sure you’re doing it right. Your clothes also show what your personality is like. You may see people wearing bright colored outfits, while some only wear black and white. That’s their style, and that’s who they are. So don’t be afraid to show yours too. Because if you pretend to wear a style that’s not you, you’ll feel less confident and may look trying hard.
- Wear your signature scent - wearing no perfume is like wearing no clothes at all - at least for some people. That’s something perfume enthusiasts and collectors believe in. Ever turn your head to someone who passes by because they smell good? Amazing, right? Wearing fragrance carries a lot of importance and one of them is making a great impression on everybody.
Aside from the health benefits exercising brings, it also makes you feel good. Every time you exercise, your body releases brain chemicals called endorphins and dopamines, which make you feel happy and better.
Additionally, people who exercise regularly have lesser anxiety issues and are good with stress management.
If you’re busy, there are easy and uncomplicated exercise routines you can try. And even though you’re working from home, make sure you’re doing healthy habits to avoid the negative effects of living a sedentary lifestyle.
Go outside and socialize
Going outside boosts your socialization skills and allows you to express yourself. These two prevent you from feeling lonely, isolated, and burnt out.
Just make sure you surround yourself with people who lift you up so you can feel whole and good. Because choosing your circle is also a part of choosing your life path.
Staying hydrated boosts your metabolism, energy, and mood. Drinking enough fluids can help prevent grumpiness, irritation, and confusion, which are mild symptoms of dehydration.
Give yourself a refreshing, healthy drink, like lemon water if you’re feeling thirsty. But most importantly, make sure you’re drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day.
Water is still the healthiest and most natural drink you can give your body.
Every time you smile, your brain releases endorphins and serotonin, the same way when you exercise. These brain chemicals are antidepressants which not only boost your mood but also help your body relax to ease stress.
Show the world that beautiful smile of yours so you'll feel good and help others boost their happy chemicals too.
Being kind to yourself and learning how to love yourself more will give you an improved physical appearance, personality, and character, as well as stronger mental health.
Overall, looking good and feeling good are all about taking care of yourself and looking your best, not just on the outside but also on the inside.