As a beauty blogger I obviously post a lot about makeup and product reviews. These items are used on our outside physical appearance and can give us a confidence boost, but I am a big advocate for feeling beautiful on the inside as well. In my daily routine I incorporate a lot of things that “feed my soul” and make me happy. Some of these are meditation, drinking tea and lots of water, waking up early and making it a point to enjoy the little things. We often get stressed out and feel down because of life’s everyday stress. It’s not easy and the days go by quick between work, running around, family and friends etc. Here are some tips i’d like to share that help me feel beautiful and happy on the inside, which in turn boosts my confidence and makes me feel beautiful on the outside. Being happy on the inside projects itself outwardly, and this creates a very rewarding life!
1. Morning tea ritual
Every single day I look forward to having my morning tea. Whether I have it before I go to work or when I get to work, this is something that makes me happy. Tea is a great drink because it has a lot of health benefits, but the main reason I like doing this is also because of the “act”. By this I mean it is part of my morning “ritual” and you can use these as a form of meditation. For me boiling the water, putting the tea leaves in my steeper and then drinking my tea is an act of meditation. I look forward to this, and doing this means I am bringing mindfulness into my routine.
2. Talk to someone you love
This may seem like an “obvious” one, but when I say talk I mean either in person or over the phone. With texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. we tend to get caught up in this virtual world. While these social media outlets are great to connect with others, they can also bog you down. I would suggest seeing a friend, family member or significant other in person and having a nice conversation. If you can’t see them in person then avoid the texting for a day and actually give them a call. Hearing someone’s voice and the warmth you get from talking to someone you care about goes a long way, and it eliminates the disconnect texting can cause because it gives you that personal touch.
3. Put something positive out on display
I am a big believer in meditation and the law of attraction. My bedroom is a space I have set up with Buddha’s, incense, salt lamps and my own meditation corner. You can set up an entire room, a little corner or even just have one thing out on display. Whatever it may be, make sure it brings you joy when you look at it. For example, I have a meditation corner set up in my room and a vision board up on my wall. My vision board is a collage of things i’d like to achieve, and every morning when I wake up I look at it and it sets a positive intention for my day. I think it’s a wonderful idea to have something out on display that brings nothing but positive thoughts to you when you look at it. Same applies with anything you may have out already, if it brings you any negative emotions or bad memories then get rid of it – your home should be a positive space and bring you comfort.
4. Be grateful
With social media, pop culture and the standards we set for ourselves, it can be easy to get trapped in an “I wish” frame of mind. I think it’s really important to be mindful and not focus on the “I wish I had this” or “I wish I looked like her/him” or “I wish I had what she/he has”. Instead of beating yourself up and creating these negative perceptions, focus on the things you DO feel you have. Be grateful for what you have and you will start to notice other things turn into positive elements in your life. What you think and feel is what you send out into the universe, and this is what you will attract back- think of this as positive affirmations. Sure sometimes we are unlucky and bad things happen, but it could just be an unfortunate circumstance or a bad day not a bad “life”. I try really hard not to dwell on anything negative that occurs. For example, in the last week I had two tires on my new car go flat because of unavoidable potholes in the road. I was upset at first because it cost me a lot to get two new tires 1 week apart, but in the end I told myself being upset will help nothing. It happened and I needed two new tires. Being upset over that would only cause me more stress and make me anxious. Instead I told myself “It could always be worse, and at least I was not hurt when the tire went flat on two separate occasions.” I did not get into an accident or harm anyone else either. In my opinion there is always a positive side to things, you just have to have an open mind and push yourself to see it.
5. Appreciate nature
I know going for a hike is not everyone’s idea of a fun time. But you don’t have to do intense outside activities to enjoy nature. The earth is our element known for its strength, wisdom and growth. I know not all of you believe in things like this like I do, but I encourage you to try to see it that way. If you can’t then simply appreciate it for what it is. One of my favourite things to do is go for a walk down by the river and take a blanket with me. I love to sit there and listen to the water and take in the sunshine. Breathing in fresh air brings a certain calmness to a chaotic day or week. Even if you don’t like spending time outside, I would even suggest just sitting out on your front steps and letting the rays of sunshine soak in.
Some of these suggestions might seem cliché or perhaps even silly (e.g. my morning tea ritual lol). But I can assure you that you don’t need BIG things to make a change or to feel good on the inside. Sometimes it’s all of the little things that add up and make us happier. We live in a world where physical items and grand gestures are viewed as important so that we can capture it and post it on social media. So I encourage you to embrace and notice the little things and see if it brings you more happiness. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, if you have some tips on how to feel beautiful on the inside please write them below!