I love the new year.
For me, as well as many of you, it signifies new beginnings.
It’s the optimum time to reflect on what matters and to re-assess my lifestyle, priorities,
goals, diet, fitness and beauty routines–from head to toe.
And that includes inner beauty.
You’ve heard the old saying, “Beauty is only skin deep”.
Well, it’s true.
Applying cosmetics and beauty aids to the exterior is one way to achieve a type of beauty,
but it is no substitute for inner beauty.
Applying beauty aids only to the outside neglects the person inside, and can simply become a cover.
In order to cultivate beauty that begins inside and shows outside, try some of these tips.
1. Be grateful
Gratitude is essential to a peaceful spirit.
When you are grateful, worry and fear tend to evaporate.
This kind of inner peace radiates out from you and is very attractive.
2. Be kind
Kindness is infectious.
People find kindness very attractive and pleasing.
Go out of your way to say kind words and do kind deeds.
Meditation helps center your mind and relax your muscles.
It cultivates a sense of peace and wellbeing, which shows outwardly in a peaceful facial expression
and calm body movements.
4. Don’t worry, be happy
Strive for an optimistic spirit.
Optimism is infectious and inspiring, and people are naturally attracted to someone who has a positive
outlook on life.
Eat a healthy, whole foods-based diet.
Again, this is not about being super-skinny; it’s about your health.
Good, healthy food gives your skin and hair a healthy glow.
A good diet gives you more energy, too.
All of these things are attractive.
This is not advice about sculpting the perfect body.
Exercise is about your health, and good health is beautiful.
Exercise for the health of your heart, lungs, bones and muscles.
Stretching exercises such as Yoga or Pilates help relax muscles.
When your muscles are relaxed, this includes your facial muscles – your face will not have the worry
lines that make it look tense.
8. Drink more water
Water helps plump the skin and hydrate the body.
It helps your body flush toxins and impurities.
Make sure to drink plenty of this essential liquid and it will show.
9. Stop and smell the roses
Take some time just to be still.
You don’t always have to be doing something.
There is great beauty in someone who knows how to enjoy the little things in life and who is not in a
big hurry all the time.
Of course, there are many more ways to embrace and enhance our inner beauty.
That’s why I love the new year.
It’s a time for reflection, analysis, adjusting strategies and setting the course for the year ahead.
Take a look inside yourself.
Share your suggestions for other ways to be beautiful from the inside out.