A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world. Those findings could be empowering since even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence.
The study by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business found those who believe in their own attractiveness view themselves as having higher social status. "The finding that your assessment of yourself shapes your view of yourself and others puts power into your hands," the authors note.
Consider how these science-based suggestions may help you put your best foot forward when dealing with everything life throws your way.
Get moving. Regardless of your fitness goals, the fact is you're likely to feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally after you exercise. Research also shows it can improve your self-esteem.
Let your body language communicate self-respect. Keeping your shoulders pulled back and your body straight and tall communicates confidence to your brain. Research found the most empowering stance is one in which your arms are held slightly away from your torso, your body is open and your head is up.
Optimize color in your clothing. The right shade may light up your entire face and have a surprising impact on your mood. "Choosing the color of your office, your clothes, or your desktop should not be taken lightly — colors do affect our moods and productivity," states a recent article on Scienceofpeople.com. "When given the choice, picking a color that will work with you and not against you can only help."
Wear scent strategically. Because our brains link certain smells to positive experiences, research suggests we may be able to ramp up our confidence with scents that remind us of happy times. That's why aromatherapy can help alleviate anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, and improve quality of life for those with chronic health issues, confirms the Mayo Clinic.
Consider cosmetic procedures. There was a time in the colorful history of cosmetic surgery when breast procedures or tummy tucks were reserved only for the privileged, with few able to afford such procedures. Today, things are different. Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are now common and affordable, globally empowering people of all ages, shapes, and sizes by granting them the freedom to control their appearance like never before.
Millions of men and women suffer from a degree of emotional anxiety because of their views on the way they look. People who have these insecurities are bound to be mentally and emotionally affected. Beyond the aesthetic value of changes—such as breast procedures, tummy tuck, liposuction, or BOTOX, to name a few—lies a deeper issue of emotional strength that needs to be acknowledged.
Some may be critical of these aesthetic enhancement procedures, branding them as an act of vanity. In the vast majority of cases, patients are not in any way aspiring to become supermodels, but are simply looking for results that will lead to more confidence in the way they look and feel about themselves.
When you're taking care of yourself and projecting your best self, you're far more likely to project the confidence you need to deal effectively with life. Confidence can make or break a lot of things. In our extrovert-centric society, confidence can help get you a job, accomplish something that you were afraid to try, or the courage to say no to people or situations that are toxic to you. It is this kind of empowerment that every person deserves.
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery bring you the latest procedures and newest technologies, along with the attentive care and comfort you deserve. For more information on any procedure, you may contact Dr. Laura Randolph — 309-664-6222, Dr. Chad Tattini — 309-664-1007, or Dr. Paige Holt — 309-664-4444 at Twin City Plastic Surgery or www.twincityplasticsurgery.com. Their office is located at 2502 E. Empire in Bloomington.Back to Top
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