Table of Contents
- Work up a sweat
- Get your beauty sleep
- Flush out your system
- Eat the rainbow
- Ditch the toxins – alcohol and cigarettes
- Make love to your partner
- Keep your sense of humour
- Develop your confidence
How we live affects our appearance. Whether it’s sunny, and we catch or tan or if we eat junk food – our lifestyle has a daily impact.
Our lifestyles are an adaption of our situations, and are individual to each person. Whilst some may wake up early, others sleep late and to have breakfast or not is touchy subject. Altering your lifestyle can have a huge effect on your confidence, self esteem and attractiveness.
Despite common thinking, feeling more attractive and desirable may have little to do with your outward appearance. Whilst expensive creams and makeup may be fun to use and buy, they don’t take the issue of enhancing your beauty from within – the natural you!
Follow these simple lifestyle changes, to feel more beautiful and confident within yourself.
Work up a sweat
It is scientifically proven that exercising releases endorphins, endorphins work to release stress and tension from the body. As well as improving your brain’s chemical reactions, having a regular exercise routine can transform your body, with the implementation of proper training and goal setting.
Jogging is a great way to get the heart working and the body ready to go. If you are looking to build muscles – maybe a bigger booty is on your wish list, make your way to the weights section. All gyms should offer you an induction session where you can explain your goals and they will show you which equipment to use and how to use it.
If you are working out from home, focus on body weight exercises and remember that getting stronger and fitter is a process! For general better fitness, start with a routine of 10 sits up, and 10 squats when you wake up, gradually increase the amount of reps and add additional exercises.
Get your beauty sleep
With of 78% of us sleeping with our smart phones in our rooms and the ever welcoming screen of Netflix available, our sleep is greatly suffering. It is widely recommended to get between 6-8 hours of deep sleep nightly to allow your body to fully recuperate.
Reading a chapter of a book burns 60 calories, 80 if it’s difficult to process. Just going through the day burns energy and we need to allow our bodies to rest and recover. Cutting back on sleep will affect your mood and emotions as well as your outwardly appearance.
A survey showed that 3/5 women are concerned about their dark circles and looking tired. Full time work, intertwined with motherhood and general life can have us feeling overworked and run down. Try implementing a 10:00pm bed time, hopefully meaning we will the get REM we so deeply crave!
Finding it hard to sleep? Invest is an sleeping eye mask to ensure there is no rogue light disturbing your sleep!
Flush out your system
Our bodies are over 60% water. Daily, we sweat, wee and sometimes cry, to our food we add salt. All of these which will deplete our internal water levels. Generally, it is advised to drink between 6-8 glasses of water per day, averaging at around 1.5-2 litres.
If you find drinking water a bore, try adding fruits such as lemons and strawberries to give you a nice sweet taste. For a skin clearing combination, adding lemon, mint and cucumber to your water – it tastes lovely and fresh too.
Eat the rainbow
And no, we don’t mean skittles!
As a guide a third of our diet should be made of fruit and vegetable. The natural compounds (phytochemicals) that give fruit and vegetables their colour may be beneficial.
Many of these phytochemicals are antioxidants (natural chemicals that are thought to protect against harmful substances called free radicals), and diets rich in foods that contain these, like fruits and vegetables, are associated with lower levels of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Eating a variety of foods will help you get essential nutrients and, by doing so, you’ll naturally embrace a broad colour palette. Fruits and vegetables are particularly colourful, so a rainbow plate can help you towards your 5-a-day. Plus, you’re more likely to enjoy eating an attractive meal.
Ditch the toxins – alcohol and cigarettes
Smoking allows a staggering 4000 toxic substances into the body during every puff, and the repeated motion of pursing your lips can leave you with tell-tale smokers lines! Too much alcohol causes skin to dry out and eyes to become puffy – not the best start for boosting your natural beauty. Alcohol can also trigger spot outbreaks and worsen rosacea.
Quit smoking, your skin and your health will thank you! If you are going to drink, do so in moderation and space out alcoholic beverages by matching the number of alcoholic drinks on any given night with glasses of water i.e. 1 glass of water for every glass of wine!
Smile – at everyone!
Though the exact percentages are disputed, your body language can equate for up to 60% of your communication. Smiling at someone, whilst not saying anything, creates a positive bond. They say, that you never knows who’s day will change because of your smile. Also, kindness is free! Making others feel good is proven to make us feel good too, so smile at your bus driver, post-person and whoever catches your eye!
Make love to your partner
Having sex is a fun way to boost your confidence and release stress. According to research by San Francisco State University, the pheromones released during sex, automatically make you more attractive to others.
If you are in a long term or newly serious relationship, you should feel comfortable around your partner to initiate sex, and making love will strengthen your emotional bond and trust.
If you are single, indulge in some flirting, a great way to boost your confidence – when you feel more attractive, you will appear more attractive.
Always have sex responsibly and never comprise on your consent.
Keep your sense of humour
You know the old adage, that the way to make a woman fall in love with you is to make her laugh. Well that might just be true! Making people feel happiness, is bound to make them want to spend time around you. Being a happier person, will automatically have you looking at the positives in situations and thinking of the best, there is no better mental state to be in.
Being able to laugh at yourself keeps you grounded and connected with others, without damaging your self esteem – you can poke fun at your ego! Or in my case, my hopeless fried eggs!
Develop your confidence
Confidence is sexy! Whilst it can be hard to strut your stuff, and you may feel silly at first – when you feel better about yourself and carry yourself with confidence, you change other people’s perception as well as your own.
Worrying about something, does not solve the problem it just ruins the now. Approach situations with solutions, feel confident in your knowledge at your job, in your skills as a parent or in your flirting abilities as you navigate a Spanish tapas bar.
Wearing red is known to alleviate confidence levels, as well as treating yourself – maybe a new hair cut or a fierce lipstick!
Being beautiful is more than skin deep, these lifestyle changes will ensure that you are beautiful from within too! Confidence is often listed at the most attractive trait in a partner, those who exercise 3-5 times per week report feeling happier and sexier than those who are sedentary 5-7 days per week and eating vegetables is a no brainer!
A smile is free, if you are feeling low – remind yourself that you are amazing and you got this!
Have you implemented any of these changes? Do you have a positive story of the impact on your life? Let us know in the comments