Let’s face it: we live in a world where physical beauty is admired above almost everything else. After all, it is a world where body weight and skin complexion are glamorized.
To be a size 2 is just as important in the fashion world as being a good, moral person is to others in the real world. But what makes you really beautiful? It isn’t the clothes you wear, or the shoes you have on your feet, the size of your waist, or the clarity of your skin. What makes you truly beautiful is self-confidence and self-acceptance, and there are several steps you can take to nourish your soul and make sure you radiate your most beautiful self from the inside out.
Living an active lifestyle doesn’t just help you stay in good physical shape – it’s psychologically and scientifically proven to make you feel better, too. When you exercise properly, your body releases endorphins, which are the same chemicals that we produce when we smile or laugh. There are many different types of exercise out there as well, so if pounding the pavement or hitting the gym for a run on the treadmill isn’t your cup of tea, you could try Pilates, a spin class, dance, or yoga. Switch it up, and do what makes the activity exciting and enjoyable for you.
Exercise is an excellent way to unwind from the stresses of the day. Coupled with a healthy diet, not only will you start to look your best, but you’ll feel healthier and proud of yourself, which will radiate from within, thus producing irresistible positive vibes.
Swap parties for your passions
When you’re in your 20’s, you’re bound to get invited to your fair share of parties, but there comes a time when the sleepless, alcohol flavored nights need to be cut down and your energy redirected to more positive passions. There’s nothing wrong with letting loose ad having a good time, but parties end after a few hours, and ultimately, lead you nowhere.
If you find yourself constantly looking for an escape in the form of a club, try and find your passion in life – dancing, writing, singing, anything you enjoy and want to improve upon – and go after it in your free time. Someone who is passionate is attractive and beautiful, regardless of whether or not they’re the master of their craft, so don’t let the fear of not being perfect keep you from going after what you love full force.
Be kind, to others and yourself
One of the hardest things you can do as an adult is be the bigger person and be kind, even when the other person isn’t. Even when the other person is the voice inside your head telling you that you aren’t pretty enough, aren’t smart enough, aren’t good enough. You can’t fight hate with hate, so the next time you’re dealing with an unpleasant person, take a second to realize that there must be a reason they are this way, and treat them with as much dignity and respect as you can muster.
It’ll be hard at first, but you’ll find that being kind even when it isn’t reciprocated immediately does wonders for you. You’ll start to extend that respect and love to everyone, and glow with your compassion and empathy for others. Just don’t forget to extend that to yourself. The most beautiful thing you can do is embrace who you are. Accept your flaws and take steps to improve them, rather than degrade yourself for not being your own idea of “perfect.”
The best way to be truly beautiful from within is to learn to truly believe that you are, no matter what.