When you feel insecure about your body, it’s hard to focus on much else. Many of us — especially women — are guilty of negative self-talk where we nit-pick at our imperfections and appearance. But without taking some steps to change those destructive conversations with ourselves, it’s next to impossible to lead a happy and healthy life. Thankfully, self-confidence is something that can be learned by altering your current habits.

There are some straightforward and effective ways that you can regain confidence of your body and re-interpret how you see yourself and the world around you. Here are some steps to help you change that inner conversation with yourself and start feeling great about how you look and feel.

Invest Time in Yourself

The world is without a doubt, more fast-paced and chaotic than ever before. And trying to juggle everything all at once doesn’t often leave much time for yourself. But that’s about to change. Make today the first step of a new and improved you by making yourself a priority. It’s easy to carve out time to pencil in events and appointments into your calendar because you view them as important. Well, your personal time and self-care need to be equally, if not more, important. Find at least two days per week where you can carve out time for yourself to relax, rejuvenate, spend time with friends or whatever it is that makes you feel good.

Make Time for Exercise

You’ve probably heard it a million times before, and you’re about to hear it again — you must make time for exercise. Often, we get down on ourselves when we’ve indulged in a giant cheesy pizza or packed on a few pounds over the holidays. And, whether we like it or not, the reality is that our appearance plays a major role in our self-confidence and how we feel.

Confidence aside, exercising is also essential for improving your health, strength, and endurance, both physically and emotionally. So make time to stay active so you can blow off that pent-up stress, enjoy those “feel good” hormones rushing through your body, and feel better about how you look.

Alter Your Diet

The food that you consume on a daily basis is one of the most important factors for looking and feeling fantastic. There are, of course, many tempting things out there that can make it feel next to impossible to resist the urge to indulge. But by focusing on cutting out one lousy item at a time, like that can of coke during lunch, you can slowly but surely chip away at those bad habits that significantly impact your confidence level.

Treat Yourself

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than being able to sit back and enjoy a facial or some other treatment that can make you look and feel like your 20-year-old self. There are many advanced treatments today that are non-invasive and tailored for whatever issues you’re facing. And, as mentioned before, when you invest time in yourself, whether it’s getting a facial or getting rid of that stubborn unwanted hair, you can help but feel great when you look in the mirror.

At The Ottawa Skin Clinic, we believe that it’s important to feel great about your self, both inside and out. We offer a wide range of services like laser hair removal, BOTOX, dermal fillers, acne treatments, and more to help our patients look and feel amazing. Browse through our list of services or contact our clinic to speak with one of our experts to learn more about what we can offer you.