Nearly every one reaches a point in their lives where they begin to wonder if they’re not quite as attractive as they once were. This is natural. We all go through changes in our lives beyond the simple act of aging. Whether it’s childbirth, illness, injury, or just slowing down, our bodies will change in appearance with the years. While all of us will experience it to varying degrees, that doesn’t change the fact that our changing bodies can deal a blow to our confidence. If you’ve found yourself looking over old pictures wanting to get that feeling back, don’t despair. No matter where you are in life there are actions you can take to reclaim your confidence and feel good about your body again.
While these suggestions aren’t a cure all, most can agree that some combination of them will bring feelings of being refreshed and reenergized into your life. The common thread is that all these suggestions boost your confidence in a variety of ways, even if not directly. Ultimately, the idea is that by taking care of your body, your mind will follow. Let’s take a look at some things any one can look into right now to start reclaiming their confidence.
You’re probably thinking “Exercise? This suggestion again?” While nearly everything you read has this at the top of the list, it’s for a good reason. Exercise is absolutely critical to lifelong health. This applies to both mental and physical health. If your goal is to be confident again in both body and spirit, exercise will go a long way in helping you. The natural endorphins of exercise help to regulate your mood. Exercise will also help combat diseases that can come with age such as diabetes, heart issues, and cancer. And, of course, seeing your diminishing waistline in the mirror will certainly provide a boost to your confidence as well. With your body and mind working in harmony, you’ll quickly begin to feel different overall.
Maybe you weren’t expecting this one, but cosmetic surgery can certainly help you feel more confident. Those who opt to undergo plastic surgery procedures report higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of anxiety, and lower incidences of depression. More than 10 million cosmetic procedures are performed in the U.S. each year. While the perception may be plastic surgery is a niche thing to do to get the body you want, the numbers suggest otherwise. More and more people are beginning to realize plastic surgery is a safe and effective way to get the body you want while also improving how you feel about life. Whether it’s a tummy tuck or face lift, you can hold back the hands of time.
Be smart in the sun
If you do opt for plastic surgery, your surgeon will recommend what every other doctor does: limit your sun exposure. Yes, while it’s true vitamin D is important to your health, the negative aspects of excessive sun exposure far outweigh the benefits. Sun damage can lead to certain types of cancers, but it will also age your skin. If your wrinkles are giving you the blues, stay out of the sun. At the very least, use sun block when going outside for prolonged periods of time. Just a two percent increase in skin damage can age your face by three years. While much of the sun damage a person accumulates occurs in one’s early years, it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin.
So, you’re exercising and toning up. You’ve opted for cosmetic surgery that has you looking younger and combined with your exercise has your body in the best shape you can remember. How do you keep it up? Your diet plays a big role in keeping you feeling great. Proper nutrition is linked to not only looking good, but also a better state of mind. Eating clean can reduce feelings of sluggishness which can contribute to low self-esteem. A balanced diet will also help you keep the weight off that you lost via exercise. If you keep working towards feeling better, you will.
How long have you been feeling less than your best? If you’re lamenting the fact that you don’t feel attractive as you were in your 20s, it’s time to take action. You can absolutely reclaim confidence in your body. Sign up for the gym if your membership expired years ago. Come up with a healthy diet plan. If you haven’t considered contacting a plastic surgeon for a consultation, what are you waiting for? There may be a procedure that can help you achieve the look you’ve been desiring. Stop depriving yourself of the self-confidence you deserve. Start making the changes you need today.