Sunday, 12 March 2017

Comfortable in my skin

I always find reading other blog posts about confidence and improving yourself hugely motivating. That's why I thought I'd try to share a few tips for boosting confidence. Although this list is not exhaustive, it does help me massively.

1. Wear things that suit you


































Don't follow just trends. If you don't suit a certain colour, just don't wear it. Wear things you like and feel comfortable in. I have plenty of clothes but tend to stick to dresses or colours I love most. I also find dressing nicer, making effort with hair, makeup and nails helps when in stressful situations like a first day at a new job, an interview or meeting someone new.

2. Find hobbies that suit you
















So many people keep up pastimes they feel they should like such as doing sports, gym or cinema, but the list is exhaustive. If you wish  to be more creative, the internet is a perfect place  to find something you might like. I want to do more creative things like scrapbooking, but also enjoy going to events like fundraisers, music gigs and seeing live comedian (although  don't do the last two as often as I'd like) and enjoy watching films (new and old), writing, reading and doing yoga.

3. Be healthy!

Walking my dogs is my perfect excuse to get active!


















I can't stress this enough. If you struggle to walk basic distances due  to lack of fitness, you won't feel too great about  yourself. You are also what you eat! Being healthy can be a huge confidence boost. I've noticed a big difference from cutting portion sizes, trying not to feel guilty if tempted by chocolate or snacks and keeping up regular exercise that I actually like.

4. Taking care of your skin














For almost a year, I changed my skin routine and noticed a huge difference. I have very spot-prone skin that can pop with acne or spots when stressed. I need to be careful to avoid fizzy drinks and limit sugar (although difficult). I have found things along the way that help such as Liz Earle products as discussed in previous post here. I didn't want to scare readers in that post, but here is my skin transformation:

BEFORE:























AFTER:






















Granted my after picture has me with eye makeup and eyebrow pencil, it is without any skin makeup. It shows my spot-prone skin with just one spot and minimum scarring from spots. My skin feels much healthier and never could imagine it looking like this - naturally. Now I just need to find a cheap acne scarring treatment...

5. Improve







I think everyday is a learning curve. It's nice to take time to learn and improve yourself. For example, at the moment I've started volunteering at a local charity to improve skills for better  employment. I'm also continuing my battle to pass my driving, which will increase my independence and open more  job opportunities

6. Take time for you






















I try to dedicate Sunday to pampering. This means no makeup, exfoliating face, painting nails and anything else I want to do to ease stress.

7. Positivity














Surround yourself with positive people, positive things and take positive steps. I'm not saying you'll be positive 100% of the time, but good to try. It will definitely make you feel better.

8. Make yourself proud






















Setting goals really helps me. I set lots of goals every year that you'll notice from reading my new  year posts. I like to feel I've achieved something.

I hope you like your tips. If there is anything else you do that helps with your confidence, I'd love to hear it. Being an anxious person I always look to improve my  confidence as it helps makes me happier.

56 comments:

  1. Sensible empowering post lovely! Thank you so much for sharing :)x

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  2. I have t agree I love reading inspirational and thought provoking posts, really makes me think how I can improve areas in my life for the better :) x

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  3. Well done you on keeping yourself up beat and positive. I an tel you a product thet will get rid of your scarring and wont cost a fortune. Its called Moringa Soap and Cream. You wont recognise yourself and the spocs and acne will be gone too. Feel free to reach out if you need to learn more Jodie!

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  4. I know the struggle with acne - still dealing with it to this day. I have learned to embrace it and not let it bring me down. Good on you for finding what works for you!

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  5. Love these tips - especially with the hobbies one. It's so true that we should ditch the hobbies we don't get much from and focus on what we enjoy more!

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  6. Great tips, I think you have to do things which make you happy x

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  7. We must try to learn to be comfortable in our won skin if we want inner peace and overall happiness! Great post! Ditch the negativity, it gets us nowhere xx

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  8. Such a positive post, taking care of yourself is so important, and I can't agree more about Liz Earle skincare.

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  9. I know i feel more confident when I dress smartly. Tracksuit bottoms and gym clothes are so comfy but they just don't make you feel as confident as putting on 'real clothes'

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  10. I find making time for exercise really helps me with my anxiety and boosting my confidence x

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  11. I agree with all the points. Even I have a similar post on my blog you can check that out

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  12. It's surprising how these little things can improve our mood so much.

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  13. These are all great suggestions for ways to be happy and confident. Doing things that make us happy and making time for self-care are great ways to be more positive in life.

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  14. Love the idea of pampering yourself on Sundays, this sounds like my perfect day!

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  15. Some great tips - especially agree with the doggie walks!

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  16. What a great post, and everything is so true, I do love my dog walks though, always time to clear my head x

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  17. i cant think to imagine the hurt that it must feel like to have acne, im sure it has knocked your confidence and your feeling better in yourself now more x

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  18. Feeling comfortable in your own skin is something I struggle with daily, but I love the tips you came up with!

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  19. Surrounding yourself with positive people really does help you feel more confident in your own skin. I have to say your skin is amazing, what a difference in a short amount of time x

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  20. Great post. I really must do more for myself I am generally busy running around after my three children and forget to take time for me too.

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  21. Love the positivity and your pooches are so cute!

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  22. "Get healthy". I'm only just realising the importance of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to confidence. It sounds so obvious really, but when I move more I feel better about myself! Great tips here, thanks :)

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  23. Fab post. Always great to write about positivity and confidence. x

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  24. Great post and the change in your skin is incredible x

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  25. I really love this post! It's great to hear you being so confident and positive. x

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  26. I love getting out and about with my dog too. You forget how many steps you're walking and how many calories you're burning off!

    Ashleigh

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  27. Some great advice here! Definitely need to follow these tips :) x

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  28. Well done you! Some really great, positive tips :)

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  29. Well done you. I do dogs walking and I love getting out with the dogs. You look lovely. xx

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  30. This is a great post! I've recently started to feel more comfortable in my skin.

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  31. Lovely post! We can all use a dose of positivity in our lives. Your skin looks absolutely fantastic! x

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  32. This is a great confidence boosting and inspiring post. I think setting goals is great and it's lovely to read your post. I really enjoyed it.

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  33. I'm trying to do more of number 3 every day, even if it's just a 10 minute walk outside my house, I think it really helps!

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  34. Lovely post. I thinks it so important to be true to yourself, as you said in terms of what you're wearing and your hobbies. I totally agree that I feel more confident when I think I'm improving in something :) It's very motivating

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  35. Fantastic tips and realistic things that we can all do to help ourselves and feel better about our lifestyles, bodies and mental health. Thank you for sharing xx

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  36. Wearing things that suit you makes such a difference - I really noticed that after having 'my colours done'.

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  37. Lots of good things to take on board here. I definitely need to up my fitness levels. I'm finding I'm opting out of things I used to do for fear of not being able to stay the distance.

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  38. Some really great advice here. I've always been on to put myself down rather than build myself up, so I definitely need to do some of these!

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  39. This is wise advice Jodie,I am always looking for ways to improve my self through skills and the internet with free courses has been great. And you are right about taking care of your skin, it is the first thing people notice and it is a confidence booster if its on point

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  40. Love your tips, I'd recommend always trying to smile too. It's amazing what a smile can do for confidence. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Bravo, this is great read to empower woman to not feel bad about putting themselves first. If you want to great at everything else you must first be great with yourself.

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  42. These are such great tips. Your skin looks beautiful...Evn i had severe acne and breakouts few years back and now after a good diet and skin care routine it's changed for good

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  43. such a nice heartwarming post, simple actions we should all do in our life xo

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  44. I think that your idea of setting a list with your goals it's great! It not only allows you to keep track of what you have to do but also to find time to pamper yourself... because it's on the list, right? :)

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  45. 1 and 2 definitely is where I happen to be right now. I am all about leggins and they make me happy. Reading makes me happy so those are two things I allow myself :)

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  46. I love this list! Being comfortable with yourself is so important and finding things that suit you, rather than changing yourself, is awesome advice!

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  47. Lovely list. I'm trying to find more me time and have took up crafting it's so important for our health to do something we enjoy xx

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  48. I think blog posts like this are so helpful. We can learn and grow now matter how old we are and you've made some really positive suggestions here

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  49. These are some great suggestions, I love the idea of setting goals! xo

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  50. taking good care of oneself is such a confidence booster, have been practicing this year and very happy with the results!

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  51. I think you're right - having confidence isn't easy but there are definitely steps you can take x

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  52. Aww, couldn't agree more on the list. The list are well written. Loving yourself first will surely help us boost our confidence. - ANOSA

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  53. Thanks for sharing! This is a lovely post. :-) I need to take some of these steps to become comfortable in my own skin. Especially being healthy!
    Ashton xx

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  54. Love the tips in this post. I think sometimes we are far too hard on ourselves.

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  55. your skin transformation is absolutely amazing! positivity is always a good point

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  56. I love all the tips in this post, positivity is so important for us all. I'm going to try some of them out for myself.

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