Does looking good, really make you feel better??
In this post I am going to look in to why looking good can make you feel better. A lot of research has gone into this myth or hypothesis. I have found some amazing facts that I would love to share with you guys. I share these findings in the hope that it will help maybe just one person. It’s something that all of us can relate to. Not feeling great about the way we look. Feeling that way about your looks definatley 100% impacts how we feel. As well as my findings behind the psychology of why when we look good we feel good. There are some amazing products, clothes, and tips the I would love to share. I found them very helpful so maybe you will too.
Here's the why.
It’s not just a saying, or a myth, that when we look good it in turn makes us feel good on the inside. There are psychological reasons for this. There has been a great deal of research done to prove that looking good creates a sense of confidence within us. And we all know just how much of a change little bit of confidence can make to a person.
When we look at ourselves in the mirror, and we think we are looking great. It of course causes us to feel confident. Just confidence alone can make one hell of a difference. It changes the way we carry ourselves. We find ourselves able to talk to people we would normally feel shy around. We feel empowered and our self worth goes up. With people smiling at you and giving compliments. You gain clarification that gives you even more of a boost.
Humans are drawn to pretty people. Scientists tested over 100 new born babies. When looking at faces, babies held their gaze longer when looking at a pretty face. As opposed to a face that does not fit the traditional small nose, large eyes, high forehead, features. That’s not to say that you have to have all of those features to be deemed pretty. I am just using this as an example. To show that we are wired in a way that makes us drawn to good looking people or things. This is the reason that confident, good looking people stand out in a crowd. Because we seek them out.
Speaking from personal experience.
When I had my second child I was diagnosed with post-natal depression. I sat around all day in my baggy bottoms and huge T-shirts. Every time I looked in the mirror I felt like I was looking at someone else. Thankfully I have a family who told me to get my big girl pants on and get myself dressed every day even if I was not going anywhere. That for me was the start of me getting better, not getting over it, but getting back to my old self. People would compliment me on how good I was looking for just having a baby, and of course, that made me feel great.
The thing with compliments is, because they make us feel good, we do look for compliments even if you think your not. We are always looking for clarification that we are doing good in life, and a compliment does just that. So, even if you don’t feel up to it, do just one small thing for yourself. Even if it’s just washing your face and applying a little moisturiser, then the next day, wash your face, put on a little moisturiser and apply some mascara.
It doesn’t feel like it will make a difference to how you feel at the time but believe me once you have done what ever self care task you chose to do no matter how big or small, it will, 100% make you feel so much better. When depression or anxiety kicks in the worst thing you can do is fall in to the rut of not forcing yourself to do one thing each day. You have to do it.
The "Look Good, Feel Better" makeup masterclass for cancer victim's.
My mother was diagnosed with Pancoast cancer 9 months ago, and she attended the makeup masterclasses that are run on a monthly basis called “Look Good Feel Better”. I have dipped my toe in to the pool of makeup artistry myself, and I have assisted at some high profile masterclasses and photo shoot’s, so, of course I was like ” Mum you soooo need to go to this and bring back any freebie they give you”. So, she agreed.
My mum does not wear makeup but she knew that I would not let her get away with not attending this. When she came home she was absaloutley buzzing. She was back to being my crazy, amazing, funny mum, not my mum who has cancer.
She showed me all the tips and tricks she was taught, I could definitely see a massive difference within her. Her hair had got thin and she had lost a lot of weight. So she was not feeling all that great about her appearance. She had been hiding away in doors. After attending that class she told me that it taught her that she is still the person she was before here diagnosis. And that hiding away was doing her more harm than good.
My mum still does not wear makeup. And she did get freebies which she gave to me. So, the makeup applying part of the class was pretty much forgotten. But it was the start of my mum becoming more than just a cancer patient. It was the beginning of her evolving from the old her, to the new her.
This is just another example of how looking good can improve your overall well being. Below I have some affordable fashion and beauty picks. To help you take those steps to becoming the best version of yourself.
Special offer's to take advantage of, that will help you feel amazing.
I could not give all this information and not give the low down on where you can bag yourself a total beauty bargain or affordable fashion find. Check them out below!!
You can click on the links to be taken to the site to take a look at the item pictured, or you can click on the small white circles you can find on each image and you will be able to see some alternative items that are of a similar style.
And always remember that small steps lead to big changes. Even if its something like putting on a face mask. Its all the beginning of you becoming the best you possible. And just keep on going.
This is the black corduroy belted pinafore. The main reason we picked this is because its so versatile but also bang on trend. You can team it with a polo neck, tights and flats for that casual comfortable look, or you could do a short sleeved bright coloured tee, and some wedges for that summer time vibe.You can wear it during any season and it’s on sale.
Pink oversized chunky knitted jumper, currently on sale at Miss Selfridges. It’s fresh, its fashionable and its comfortable. We like fashion items that you can wear with more than one outfit, versatility is key when your buying on a budget. But just because your on a budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on looking and feeling great. Just be shop savvy.
This loungewear set is a total steal at only £22.50. It’s available now in the Parisian Fashion sale. Team this set with some white trainers and your good to go. Perfect for your every day tasks. The school run, running errands, doing the weekly shop, its comfortable and it looks fashionable and fresh. And it’s on sale. I mean seriously what is there not to love!!!
And remember, if you click on the small white circles you will be shown alternatives to the image on the left but the alternative items will be of a very similar style.
To check out the loungewear set on the left by Parisian Fashion Click Here.
I have spoke so much about face masks and how applying one every now and then can be the start to you getting up everyday and doing that little something on a daily basis to make yourself feel better. The best place to go to get yourself a great face mask at an amazing price is Revolution Beauty. The one pictured is the Face Off! Pink Sparkle! Peel Off Face Mask. And not only is it £6.00 but its on offer at 3 for 2. There is a plethora of face masks to choose from on their site.
Another little tip that can instantly make you feel and look 100 times better is a little tan. This little set has everything you need to get yourself looking healthier by adding a slight glow to your skin. You will look and feel all the better for it. There is a tanning mat, a body polish to prep your skin, an enhancing moisturiser which you apply before your tan, and St Tropez classic bronzing mouse. This is currently on offer at The Hut, and its a total steal as this is a top tanning brand and this set is the perfect way to get a beautiful glow for half the price. Was £23.50 NOW £15.00!!
I hope some of those offers you can take advantage of and start the journey to becoming the best version of yourself. And every little step leads to big big changes, so take each day as it comes and by the time you look back you will see just how far you have come. Give yourself time, give yourself a break, and take care of yourself. You can take care of your family so much better if you are feeling at your best. I always use the excuse that I do not have time for me as I am always making sure my family are taken care of first. But, its just that, its just an excuse. In reality I am doing my family an injustice by using this excuse as I could do so much better if I felt better.
I am also on a journey to better myself so please don’t think I am sitting here writing this with it all worked out because I don’t. I am just learning like everyone else and what I learn I like to document and if that helps just one person then that’s a bonus and its the best bonus I could ever ask for.
Love, laugh, slay!!