Ways to feel beautiful

“Deep down, everyone wants to believe they can be hardcore. But being hardcore isn’t just about being tough – it’s about acceptance. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to not be hardcore for once. You don’t have to be tough every minute of every day. It’s okay to let down your guard. In fact, there are moments when it’s the best thing you can possibly do – as long as you choose your moments wisely.”

Sometimes it’s hard to realise just how amazing and beautiful you really are. So it’s important to just take a step back and realise your potential.

We need to be less social media obsessed. You know the routine; you wake up, check instagram, scroll through facebook, watch snapchat stories and sigh. You sigh at all the beautiful models with flawless skin, toned bodies and picture perfect wardrobe that your bank account balance just doesn’t agree with. Looking at these flawless pictures and people can make us feel a little bit less than perfect. A little less beautiful. These highly unrealistic and highly edited images are what make us feel bad about ourselves. So maybe if we concentrated less on social media and more on being happy in the real world then we would maybe feel a lot more beautiful just the way we are.

We need to be active and exercise but for the right reasons. We should be happy with the way we are and work out to feel even better about ourselves. Newsflash: If your primary motivation for getting to the gym is a festering hatred for your body, spending hours on the treadmill isn’t going to change that. It’s going to make you feel tired and even more moody. Working out can make you feel more beautiful, but the change only comes when your motive is pure. Exercise because you love your body and want to take care of it. Work out because you want to see just how strong you can be. Train to feel powerful and strong – that’s beautiful.

We need to accept compliments. When someone calls you beautiful; listen. Listen, take notice and thank the person. If someone likes something about you or your appearance they won’t be joking when they say it. Acknowledging a compliment with a simple “thank you” makes it much more likely you’ll actually believe it. And you should believe it. You have so many things you should love about yourself and someone pointing one of these things out should just make you even happier to be yourself.

We need to wear what we want. Don’t wear a little black dress just because you think it will make you look sexy. Wear it because you honestly love it; and if you don’t, throw it out. You should feel beautiful in your favourite clothes, not just in something that someone else would like. You are going to feel beautiful when you believe you are beautiful. Don’t avoid a certain outfit or clothing item just because it’s ‘unflattering’ to your body type. Wear it and work it. Wear what you want to wear and feel beautiful doing so.

We should help others. I mean just ask Snow White’s wicked stepmother: Sitting in front of a mirror pining over your own beauty isn’t going to make you the “fairest of them all.” But do you know what might? Letting someone else know they are beautiful. Put the mirror down and help out someone else. Complimenting and helping others will make you feel good about yourself and a lot happier. Oh also you will make you feel so much more attractive if you know you’re being nice to other people around you and making them feel as beautiful as you think they are.

Beauty isn’t one-dimensional. While perfect skin and high cheekbones might seem like the epitome of beauty to one person, talent and skill might be to another. We need to stop worrying so much about looking beautiful when we already are. Each person is beautiful because they are different and they are themselves.

Stop seeking beauty. Because you already are beautiful. You are beautiful in the way you look, the way you dress, the way you act, the way you love and the way you live. You are beautiful and don’t let anyone let you think you’re not.

Smile. Have a good day tomorrow and remember to wear your favourite outfit.

Take care and try not to worry too much,

Cleo xxx


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