Every six months or so, I go though this weird, unexplainable phase in which I become completely unsatisfied with everything about my physical appearance, and I am convinced that I can not be the only one that experiences this phenomenon.
The expectations of self-presentation that I hold to myself are something that I value quite highly. I feel good about myself when I know that I like how I look, (strictly not to be confused with wanting others to appreciate how I look, although compliments are always nice).
Above all else, I like swapping up my standard routine. It makes me feel fresh and new – change is a great source of motivation for me. If you like change too, this one is for you.
There are big changes and small changes that you can make to switch things up. For example, a small and simple change that can be made is changing the way in which you part your hair. That might sound a little silly to start off with, but the place in which you position your part can change your whole face shape.
I constantly experiment with middle parts and side parts, in combination with styling my whole hair differently. I went as far as changing my hair colour and cut, which is definitely more permanent than some may be comfortable with, but if you’re eager then I implore you to take the plunge!
You can also do things like changing up your wardrobe. Buy a new bag, or treat yourself to a new piece of jewellery or a statement piece of clothing. Hell, a new pair of sunnies will do! Just make sure they stand out and make you feel fresh and new. If you shop around on websites such as etsy.com, you can find some super unique and one-off pieces that nobody else has that can help pick up your style too.
Another thing you can do is take a quick trip to Priceline and pick up a new lipstick. Go for a colour that you’ve never thought of wearing before. It really is astounding how easily a bright orange lipstick can pull you out of a rut. If lipstick isn’t your thing, you can also try winged liner or a bright nail polish.
One last way to help pick up your spirits is to try a new scent. Scents and smells can bring back the strongest memories. My theory is that wearing the same perfume all the time can sometimes make you feel like you’re living your life on repeat.
I have two signature scents that will always be my ol’ faithfuls, however trying a new perfume (particularly if it’s quite a bold or crisp scent) can really change up how you feel.
If all else fails, try not to be so hard on yourself. Sometimes it’s as simple as being in a rut, for no good or rational reason and you might just have to wait it out. But, in the mean time, at least you’ll have lots of nice new things to play with.
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