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4 of 11 ways To Feel Beautiful [Part 2]

In Self Improvement on March 12, 2010 at 4:17 am

Earlier this week we listed 4 of 11 Ways to Feel Beautiful and not one involved applying make-up. Pushing Forward:: we are adding another 4 ways to your “Self Improvement” plate. Bon appetite!

5. Breathe Deeply
Shallow breathing manifests itself as tension in your face, throat, even shoulders. On the other hand, when you take deep, slow breaths, you look and feel more at ease in your body.

6. Just say “THANKS”
When you complement a child on her dress, she doesn’t respond, “Oh, I don’t think it fits quite right.” (But she might say, “Thanks! And look at my shoes! And my braids! And did I tell you I’m the third tallest girl in my class?) Stop deflecting praise about your appearance. Simply say “thank you” when someone compliments your thick hair or sparkling eyes. You–and your admirer– will feel better about the exchange, creating positive reinforcement that makes you both want to give and receive compliments more often.

7. Wear Color
We’re not talking a fuchsia pantsuit. Just a pop of color — say, in a necklace or scarf– can light up your face, and your mood. Not sure what to add to your wardrobe of black and greige? Try blue: “It’s universally considered a ‘happy’ color, and there’s a shade that looks good on everyone,” says fashion stylist Joe Lupo, co author of Life In Color. If your skin tone is warm (it looks yellow-orange next to a piece of white paper), choose royal blues; If your complexion is cool (it has a more pinkish cast), try icier blues or aquas.

8. Loosen Up
“Body image can be externally influenced–by a number on a scale or an image in a mirror– but it’s also affected by physical sensations like discomfort”, says McGonigal. When you wear clothes in the smaller size that you want to be (or once were), the feeling of constriction sends a constant signal to your brain that you’re not thin enough. This isn’t an appeal for elastic waistbands (“Looking like a schlump won’t do much for your body image either”, McGonigal says), but for clothes that are both elegant and comfortable– in the size you are now.

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A huge fan of a more Beautiful [me &] You.

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