48 ways to feel beautiful (especially when you don't)

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Feeling beautiful especially when you don't can be immensely challenging. It can lead to saying, eating, or behaving in ways you don't like because you're feeling ugly inside or outside. This presentation offers 48 tips to help you shift your mood and change your perspective so you don't stay stuck in these moments. For more resources and a free video course specifically about overeating or binge eating, visit http://www.bingeeatingbreakthrough.com

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48Ways to Feel Beautiful (Especially When You Dont)

Feeling beautiful especially when you don't can be immensely challenging. It can lead to saying, eating, or behaving in ways you don't like because you're feeling ugly inside or outside. This presentation offers 48 tips to help you shift your mood and change your perspective so you don't stay stuck in these moments.1Look at the unique expressions of beauty everywhere. You don't look like other people, they don't look like you. You're unique. No one else looks like you (unless you have an identical twin, but even then, your personalities and expressions are unique).

Beauty is often determined from media messages, culture and our hormones. YOU get to decide what beauty is to you, and you can keep changing your definition as often as you like.

2Aim for health, well being and feeling good instead of beauty. Trim your hair if it will make it healthy, lose or gain weight if it will make you healthy, use homemade skin creams and toners to keep your skin healthy, or eat healthy foods to be beautiful.

3Move your body.Multiple studies show that physical movement (dancing, walking, hiking, skiing, swimming, running, playing fetch with your dog, etc.) can be one of the best ways to feel better and feel good about yourself immediately--especially if youre battling with depression, anxiety, or ugly thoughts.

4Smile!Even if you don't feel like it. Interestingly enough, just holding a pencil between your teeth and forcing a smile can send signals to your brain that youre happy and improve your mood.

5Do what you're good at. For example if English is your forte, write essays. If you're brilliant at sports, don't be afraid to join community teams.

If youre good at math, give yourself a tricky challenge to do each day. Doing what youre good at reminds you of your value.

6Look in the mirror in the morning, smile and tell yourself how awesome and beautiful you are. Even if you have to lie. That may feel selfish, inauthentic, or untruthful...but it will reinforce the positive message to your brain when you smile and speak aloud while looking at yourself.

Doing this at the start of the day gives you a foundation to go from into the rest of your day.

7Treat yourself. Buy yourself a smoothie, go for a walk in the woods, watch a movie at home with your friends, or read a new book.

Do something that doesn't involve how you look, and do it especially when you DONT feel beautiful.

8Accept others for their own unique beauty as wellJust because someone is a different shape, size, or color than you doesn't mean that they don't deserve to have self confidence as well. Compliment people around you.

If you do, it will automatically make you feel better as you gift someone a compliment. You'll realize that beauty is abundant - around you and within you.You really look good today!9Be friendly to others. The most beautiful person you can ever see with a nasty attitude isn't beautiful at all.

10Create beauty around youWhether this means decorating your room with nice lights or positive pictures from magazines, putting fresh flowers on your table or dresser, playing beautiful music or lighting aromatic candles or whatever is beautiful to you...surround yourself with it.

Make morning luxuriousMake sure you wake up early enough to have a few minutes of luxurious self-care. It could be something as simple as doing your hair, painting your nails, taking a hot shower with scented oils or putting on your favourite song before you leave the house.

This creates a beauty ritual to acknowledge yourself, inside and out, regardless of how youre feeling about yourself. Going through the ritual to treat yourself to start your day will give you a foundation to set you up on the right foot.11

12Carry something sparkling. A little glitter and glam really goes a long way for feeling shiny, radiant and beautiful.

13Eat healthy and nutritious foodWhen you eat healthy, whole foods, youll feel more in touch with yourself and the world around you.

Youll get authentic energy and power to shift your moods and feel good about yourself.

14Keep a gratitude journal and/or photobookLook for the good stuff, the beauty, the love in your life. No matter where you are, there is always something around you that is beautiful, interesting or unique.

This is ideal for writing a list of 5 things youre grateful for every night before you sleep, to go to bed with positive thoughts and gratitude on your mind.

15Challenge yourself to find 3 things youre attracted to in any given moment. The red skirt on the woman walking across the street? The clouds and their fluffiness? The tune playing on that commercial?

16Practice Radical AcceptanceNo matter how you feel about yourself, the way you look, who you are, who you want to be there is a plan for you and you dont have to change anything about yourself.

Trust yourself to know what feels good, what seems good, and go for it.

17Write a love letter to yourselfSend yourself love letters in the mail, take lots of self-portraits and buy yourself flowers.

18Share your soulGive of yourself by smiling, sharing your wisdom, helping other people, be open about your struggles and problems, truly listen and let your love flow through your heart.

Vulnerability is beautiful. Theres nothing more sacred that the true connection between human beings and life itself.

19Remember your posture. Stand or sit up straight. Hold your head high. Throw those shoulders back.

Stand like you think a beautiful person stands.

20Focus on the best and compare only to yourself. Look for your favorite features about yourself. Compare yourself only to past versions of yourself.

Comparing to anyone else can lead to an endless rabbit hole of self-depreciation.

21Be amazed at the wonder of your body. Your body is a miraculous machine that operates to keep you breathing, blood pumping and thoughts bubbling.

Observe how wondrously it operates to house the person you are.

22Change flaws to attributes. You are part of the group of everyone else on the planet that is unique and has their own flaws.

Embrace your flaws as a reminder of your connection to humanity. Flaws are the attributes.

23Be ExpressiveWhen you are animated and expressive, the fullness of your personality shines through.

How do you express your inner wild self? Through painting? Dance? Prayer? Making love? Cooking food? Making gifts?

24Practice Beautiful MovementTry dance, yoga, drumming or some other movement that is fluid and allows your body to respond instinctively.

Tap into your instincts (or your inner animal) to get yourself out of your head and into your body.

25Dont try too hardDont overdo it with make-up or clothes. Dont spend thousands getting surgery. Dont exercise yourself to death.

When you try too hard, you look desperate. Its hard to feel beautiful when you feel desperate.

26Create SomethingCreation is the handmaiden of beauty. Creativity is beauty expressing itself through you.

Paint, write, garden, scult, cook, sew, decorate, doodle from small gestures in the sand to elaborate desserts or intricate quilting...give yourself permission to create.

27Inspire OthersAs the poet Rumi writes, Let the beauty we love be what we do.

Do beautiful things. Live beauty. Living beautifully makes you beautiful in more ways than you realize.

28Stop your thoughts. Its hard to feel beautiful when your brain is whirring away like a ticker tape with negative thoughts about your appearance or age.

When you are trapped in those thoughts, stop yourself and shift to an activity that can get you into your body

29See yourself through the eyes of a loved oneView yourself the way those dearest to you see you.

How does your mother see you? How would the universe see you?

30Connect with the beauty of nature. Youre a part of nature...and just as beautiful as nature is, you come from the same atoms and minerals.

Appreciating nature is a way of appreciating yourself and what you are made of.

31Listen to beautiful music. Certain music speaks to your soul. Feel your spirit come alive as your favorite song plays and you turn up the volume.

Sing, tap your foot or move to get it into your body.

32Make LoveNo explanation needed.

33Wear clothes that fit you well and feel good on your body. If you arent a natural at dressing to suit your body type, age, and coloring, pick up a book or find someone to help you find clothing highlight the beauty inside of you.

Adding a dash of color with a scarf, tie, belt or shoes can lift your spirits. Wearing an outfit that fits you comfortably and feels good on you will look a hundred times better than oversized or tight shirts, pants or jackets.

34Hug oftenShare loving physical touch with friends and family. Babies need touch to develop properly--its critical for their well-being.

As we get older, we dont lose our response to physical touch. It helps us feel loved, nurtured and cared for.

35Get enough sleep. You know what lack of sleep does to your appearance, not to mention your mental health.

A good nights sleep is a mini facelift!

36Stop SmokingIt ages your skin, it smells bad, its bad for you, and it doesnt reflect self-love.

Dropping this habit will instantly make you feel more beautiful.

37Be outgoing, even if its hardInitiate conversations. Show interest.

38Do physical workIf you have a desk job, sometimes you miss the beauty of a task completed with the physical evidence of your accomplis