by Carol Whitaker
You can look and feel your very best 7 days a week regardless of age, gender or financial status or how tall, short, thin or wide you are. Looking and feeling your best is a matter of taking time to pamper yourself. When you care for your body, mind and spirit, you enable your inner beauty to radiate from within.
I was taught to look my best no matter the occasion. My mother always dressed beautifully. In my later teen years when we were out and about, if I wasn't wearing lip gloss she would open her purse and hand me a tube of lipstick.
Looking back I'm thankful beyond expression for my mother's love and devotion in helping me understand the importance of feeling my best. To this day she always looks her best and is a shining example to everyone around her.
You're Worth It
You may be thinking, "It takes too much time to get ready every day." That is just an excuse. You are worth the 15 to 20 minutes of extra effort. When you take the time to care about yourself by doing your hair and makeup each morning you will naturally want to dress nicer too, which will increase your self-confidence and makes a great start to your day.
We can all fit in an extra few minutes to care for ourselves regardless of our schedules. Let go of excuses and replace them with, "I'm worth it!"
Did you know that your outward appearance is a reflection of your self-image? What are you expressing? Do you take the time to get up exercise, shower and dress your best each day? Or do you do the opposite?
Everything has energy, including the clothes you wear. When you dress your best you radiate a higher vibration of success and empowerment. Crazy as it seems, it's true! Think about what you wear most often. Can you see how it reflects how you feel about yourself?
People are drawn to positivity. Being happy and looking your best is not only attractive but it also increases your self-confidence. Your body language is an expression of how you feel about yourself.
When you walk confidently, standing tall and proud with a smile on your face, you are in power; likewise, when you walk slouched over looking down you are unempowered. Make it a point to walk with your shoulders back and head up. You can't look and feel your best if you don't respect what you are.
To help you look and feel your best below are 10 empowering beauty secrets to help you look and feel your best. The better you feel about yourself the better your life will be. Take time to become what you want to be and before long it will become a way of life.
10 Beauty Secrets to Look & Feel Your Best
1. Wake Up with an Attitude of Gratitude
Each morning, before you even get out of bed, think about what you are thankful for and proclaim what a fantastic day it's going to be! Begin each new day with powerful energy to create your day on purpose. Remember, like always attracts like, so declare what you want to experience each new day. Start your day off right by having an attitude of gratitude. Be happy!
2. Believe in YOU!
Believing in you! How many times do you find yourself saying something negative about yourself? How does that make you feel? It's not healthy in any way, shape or form. Stop self-sabotage and self-doubt by letting go of negative thinking! Acknowledge your inner and outer beauty, and appreciate your gifts and talents that are uniquely yours. See yourself as the magnificent being that you are.
3. Be Happy!
You were created to have a joyful, happy life! Live that way! Smile and have fun by following your bliss. Take time for some true R&R by doing what you love. Life becomes too stressful if you let it. Take time to play with your kids, read a good book, enjoy your favorite hobby, walk your dog, cook your favorite meal, talk to a friend, or have a date with your sweetheart. Do something each day that brings you joy and happiness.
4. Start Your Day off Right
Begin each morning with exercising for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Physical activity not only raises your metabolism but it also raises your self-esteem. Your body craves exercise just as much as food and sleep. So get moving! Workout whenever it fits your schedule; just be sure to complete at least 30 minutes, 4 to 6 days a week.
Aim to get your heart rate up in the morning and again in the evening. Take your dog for a walk after dinner or ride bikes with your family. Exercising in the evening will raise your metabolism again; it's an excellent way to burn fat and feel great. Make working out a top priority in your life.
5. Shower Each Morning & Put on Make Up
Each morning make it a point to shower and put on makeup or shave (for you men out there). Taking pride in yourself. Dress nicely, not in sweats or in an oversized T-shirt, rather, dress in clothes that flatter your figure. Regardless of your tasks at hand, dress in clothes that make you feel good; doing so you will help you begin your day with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. Dress for success each new day!
6. Express Love & Thankfulness
Share love and appreciation daily to family and friends; this will bring you more loving experiences because of the Law of Attraction which states "like attracts like" - which means the more you give love and express appreciation the more you will have to be thankful for.
Take time to cuddle each day with your sweetheart. Make alone time a high priority in your marriage. Let your children and family members know how proud you are of them. Make it a point to speak kind words often to your loved ones, friends and associates. Let them know how much you appreciate them. The more you show gratitude, the more you will have to be grateful for! It's a beautiful thing!
7. Take Time to Meditate
Take at least 10 to 20 minutes each day to meditate. Meditation doesn't mean you have to sit yoga style it can take place anywhere you are alone and are able to quiet your mind and contemplate.
8. Eat Wholesome Foods
The saying You are what you eat is very, very true! Consuming junk food makes you feel awful because all food has energy as well. Whole foods have higher energy frequency so when you eat clean it shifts your cells into a higher vibration, that's a big part of why you feel so much more alive.
Most people feed their animals better than themselves. Don't you want to live a long healthy, vibrant life? Then buck up and eat right! Let go of the useless excuses of why you eat junk food. Eat to live, don't live to eat! It's simple and highly rewarding to eat clean.
9. Drink Up
Aim to drink 80 to 120 oz of purified water daily. You're mostly made of water; your body needs to be replenished to rebuild strong healthy cells. By staying hydrated you will have more energy and will increase your metabolism. You will also look and feel younger too.
10. Get Your Beauty Rest
Get plenty of zzzz's. Getting to bed early will not only help you feel happier but it also aids in clarity of mind. Sleep is essential to look and feel your best. Your cells and muscle tissues rebuild and replenish during sleep. Aim to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Try to get to bed before 10:30 p.m. Your body will reward you for it!
Live these simple yet truly life-changing principles, and I guarantee you will look and feel your best!
About the Author:
Carol Whitaker is the author of Ridiculously Happy! The Secret to Manifesting the Life & Body of Your Dreams. Carol is a highly sought after Lifestyle Fitness Coach, and is known for the amazing transformations she creates in her clients’ lives. Carol is a Motivational Speaker and is passionate about inspiring women to live the life of their dreams. Carol is a featured expert on national media and online websites. Connect with her to receive daily tips to transform your life on Facebook and twitter. Carol is a happily married mother of 3 and is an avid equestrian. Visit CarolWhitaker.com for tools and secrets to discover how to live your best life today. Permission granted for use on DrLaura.com