How to feel beautiful even when you’re feeling bad about your appearance?
Today we are going to talk about one super easy habit anyone can practice to feel beautiful and confident in how they look.
This habit to feel more beautiful is powerful, and it may profoundly improve self-confidence issues.
Although we all have those days when we don’t feel attractive in any way, if you feel negative about your appearance often, there’s a way to shift that sense of unhappiness. And the good news is that you don’t need any special makeup, hairstyle, or clothing.
This “feel beautiful hack” as you might call it sounds strange at first, but it works for me whenever I’m feeling unattractive. And it may help you, too!
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How to Feel Beautiful & Accept Yourself
Alright, like I said, this habit to feel beautiful sounds odd at first, but here it is:
To feel beautiful and accept yourself appearance-wise, start practicing the simple habit of noticing other people’s beauty.
Allow me to explain how to do this.
Then we will talk about how this habit can help you to feel more beautiful.
1. Notice the beauty in other people
Everywhere you go, day in and day out, form the habit of careful observation of other people. Zero in on the beauty in others, and you will start to truly be amazed!
Everyone has beautiful and attractive features. Everyone.
Maybe it’s someone’s overall physique, eye shape, lip shape, smooth skin, hands, curves, or musculature. It could be a beautiful set of eyebrows you admire, strong shoulders, or perfect teeth. Once you form the easy habit of noticing the beauty of random people, your eyes will open wide.
You may have never thought to intentionally notice other people’s features in this way. But the more you observe, the more you start to appreciate the vast spectrum of human beauty that exists.
2. See past flaws
Once you start noticing the beauty of those around you, it becomes easy to see past any visual elements of a person’s appearance that don’t fit society’s beauty standards. It also becomes easy to see past what you might normally consider “flaws.”
The idea is to see people as their best and most beautiful.
For example, if someone is elderly, you might imagine how they may have looked in the prime of their life. You’ll notice plenty of beauty that still shines.
Or, if someone looks sick or suffering, visualize them healthy. Regardless of any less-than-ideal current physical state, everyone still has beauty.
And it’s not that one needs to be young and healthy to be beautiful. It’s just about being able to see beyond things like age, health, or ability and appreciate the natural physical beauty that is still 100% present.
3. Don’t compare yourself to other people
When practicing the habit of observing beauty in those around you, try not to compare yourself.
Observing beauty in others is not done to feel better than or worse than others. It is only to admire and appreciate human beauty in all its forms. This observation habit can broaden your awareness of beauty being present in everyone.
For some people, observing beauty without comparing is difficult. But observing without comparing can become a habit.
If you feel yourself getting insecure or feeling less beautiful than another person, shift away from self-focus and back to the appreciation of the other person’s beauty.
4. Ignore social media
It is imperative when practicing the habit of noticing other people’s beauty that you do so in real life, rather than online.
Ignore social media. What you see online doesn’t reflect reality or society accurately.
It’s easy to compare yourself disfavorably to people on social media or online. But since social media is inaccurate, the comparison is also inaccurate. People online are less representative of actual society as a whole. There are more “beautiful by society’s standards” people online than in real life.
To form the habit of seeing beauty, you need to see it in everyday people in real life and not on a screen.
5. Know that inner beauty matters
What good is outer beauty without inner beauty?
We could talk for hours about the beauty that comes from within. Kindness, confidence, intelligence.. all of those wonderful qualities. Inner beauty absolutely shines through to the outside. The power of inner beauty should not be underestimated.
But, this article isn’t about inner beauty. It’s about feeling good about your outward appearance because that can be extremely difficult.
How seeing beauty in others can help you feel beautiful
Once you start practicing the habit of intentionally seeing beauty in everyone, chances are you’ll be better able to see your own beauty.
You’ll begin to notice that you are yet another unique and beautiful being. You’re one of them- the beautiful people that you see. You’re a part of the greater whole of this beautiful humanity.
The more you become able to see with new eyes the beauty of others, the more you’ll be able to appreciate your own best features. Maybe it’s your hair, your eyes, or your skin. If you’re wondering how to feel beautiful (even at your worst), recognize you do have features worth appreciating.
You’ll notice that each person has imperfections. Not just you. And that is ok! No one is perfect, even if they seem to be.
Even those blessed with extraordinarily good looks aren’t necessarily more blessed in other ways. You don’t know what it’s like to live in their shoes, and you cannot predict their future.
Have gratitude for your beauty
It can be helpful to say a moment of thanks for the beauty you do have. Because you are beautiful and you are enough just as you are.
You don’t need special beauty products (most are usually toxic anyway) or any expensive clothing. You don’t need to look like someone else.
Forget about looking perfect by society’s standards- flawless skin, big boobs, big butt, etc. If you have those features, great. If not, it’s ok.
If you can be grateful for all the beautiful features you do possess, then you can begin to feel more beautiful overall.
It can be hard for women in particular. I know in my younger days I never felt beautiful. But the funny thing is, the older and worse-for-the-wear I get, the more confident I feel. I’m just the same as everyone else, but with my own unique features.
So take another look at yourself with kinder, more accepting, and appreciative eyes.
More ways to feel beautiful
Some other ways to naturally feel more beautiful include:
- Journal your positive qualities.
- Have gratitude for who you are & your blessings.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Use positive self-talk. Stop self-criticism. Have grace and self-love instead.
- Smile, be kind, and do things that make you happy.
- Eat beautiful, natural foods. Avoid toxins in your food and home.
- Stay active, especially by going outside more.
- Get enough sun on your bare skin & enough rest.
Making it a habit to notice other people’s beauty opens up your eyes.
Once you form the habit of noticing the beauty in others, chances are your will be better able to appreciate your own beauty.
It’s nice to know that you don’t need to look any particular way to feel beautiful. To feel beautiful, just look closer. Stop being so hard on yourself and allow your eyes to re-adjust. You are more beautiful than you realize.
What do you think of this “how to feel beautiful” idea? Is this helpful or not? Let me know in the comments!
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