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11 Things That Will Make You Feel Better About Yourself

Physically and Emotionally

1. Look at yourself naked in the mirror for 5 minutes every day.

It is essential to find love and comfort within the skin you're living in. Fall in love with the purity and the nature of your nude body by taking the time to admire yourself on a daily basis, and learn to grasp how empowering nudity is. (Another idea: do the exact same wearing your favourite lingerie!)

2. Stop asking people what they are wearing before showing up to an event.

I've made it a goal for myself to stop asking my friends what they're wearing to an event and to stop asking about dress codes. Firstly, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable physically and mentally. Secondly, instead of blending in with others, why not stand out?

3. Have a set routine for your skin care and follow it every morning and night.

Take good care of your skin. Find what products work for your skin type and use them when you wake up and before you go to sleep. (Moisturizers, oils, face masks, etc...)

4. Go to sleep wearing only bottoms.

Sleeping topless is one of the best feelings in the world. It always feels so natural and freeing. That is all I have to say.

5. Move a large part of your paycheque straight into your savings account.

There's nothing worse than the feeling of being "broke" and irresponsible with your money. Give yourself a limit of "spending money" for going out to eat, shopping, etc. And transfer a generous amount of your paycheque into your savings account to minimize the amount of money that you're spending and to be financially stable, able to pay for things you'll want in the future.

6. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.

If you're not familiar with sleep hygiene, I recommend you research it. One of my favourite tips and in my opinion, one of the most effective, has been going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. For example, going to sleep at 11 PM and waking up at 9 AM every morning. This can be difficult with school and other factors, but try to keep the same sleep schedule to wake up feeling good.

7. Go for a mindful walk at least once a week.

Spending time with nature and being mindful of our surroundings is very important. However, instead of going for a walk in the middle of the day, go for a walk early in the morning or later in the evening, when the streets are quiet and you can hear birds or crickets. The sound of nature is so beautiful and peaceful, it will have you relaxed and thankful.

8. Drink as much water as you can in a day.

Staying hydrated is essential to feeling good about your body and your skin. Bring a water bottle everywhere you go and as soon as it's emptied, refill it. If you're drinking enough water, you'll be feeling great and not needing coffee every hour.

9. Spend less money.

This is related to #5. It's so important to save your money for your future wants and needs. Instead of paying $20 at a restaurant for girls night, pay less than that to cook all together at home for a wine and movie night. Instead of always spending so much money on clothes, try thrifting a bit more often. And always remember, it is better to spend money on experiences rather than materialistic objects!

10. Write a journal.

Keep a journal to write down your feelings when you feel like there's no one to turn to, to write down your creative thoughts, observations, ideas, lists, etc... It could be useful for lots of different things.

11. Make plans with yourself at least once a week.

Be your own best friend. A picnic, a coffee shop date, a walk around downtown, going out to eat, to see a movie, etc... There are so many things you can do when you're alone. It's important to take that time to yourself and connect with yourself, especially when you're feeling down.

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