I don’t know about you, but Summer is my favourite season. Long days, warm weather, being outdoors and Spring/Summer fashions are heavenly to me. As Summer finally feels as if it may be soon approaching, I’m preparing myself to be the best I can for my favourite season.
Whilst I love Summer and its fashions, often it can take a lot of confidence to wear particular garments and specific styles. I’m not a naturally confident person. In fact, I’m really self-conscious, a bit of an introvert if we’re being honest. Confidence does not come easily to me, so there are a few things I do each year to boost my self-esteem and make myself feel better about myself before Summer.
Essentially, it’s taking care of myself.
Taking care of yourself is not something you should be ashamed of, or feel embarrassed about. It is an important part of life. It can also be quite tricky to help others when you’re in need of a little help yourself. You may not feel at your best all of the time, but there are a few things we can do to give ourselves a little boost.
Recently, I’ve bought far fewer new clothes than ever before. I very rarely go shopping now, and I’m not constantly on the look-out for a new garment. I’ve actually reduced the number of clothes in my wardrobe (and still going through everything!) and learning to make the most of what I’ve already got. I’m always finding myself inspired by others in the street, or on social media, in magazines and by my friends, and finding new ways to wear items I already own.
My style is pretty classic, and I tend to purchase items that are relatively timeless, which makes this easier. I now don’t blindly follow trends, but treasure items that suit my body and personality and make me feel good. I think it’s so important to wear something that makes you feel good.
These changes have forced me to be more creative, more appreciative of what I already own, more selective in what I do buy, and have freed up some of my wages to spend on other things!
Through the Winter, I stopped working out so much. I stopped attending classes and stopped going on little runs. I wear a Fitbit everyday, which reminds me to ensure I complete a minimum of 10,000 steps per day – which I’ve pretty much stuck to for about 2 or 3 years now. As Summer is on its way, I’m now trying to exercise a little more. I haven’t joined any classes recently, but when I have a little bit of spare time, I’m jumping on the cross trainer in my spare room (admittedly I run whilst replying to emails, as I always find myself short of time!) and I’m exercising for a different reason.
Whilst I like to do the occasional ab workout to tone my stomach, exercise really helps my state of mind. It helps me to de-stress, and rumour has it that it can help to strengthen the immune system too!
Last year, I probably tried too many products. But when you don’t have the skin you would like, it can be tempting to try every product under the sun until you end up with a clear, glowing complexion! As a blogger, I am lucky enough to receive an endless supply of products to try. I love trying everything and get excited by new launches, but your skin doesn’t always take too kindly to this. This year, I’ve reduced the variety of products I’ve been putting to the test and my skin seems to be happier than ever.
Back in January, I discovered Proactive+, a skincare brand known for treating acne-prone skin and clearing blemishes. To be honest with you, I have never had full blown acne. I’ve struggled with relentless breakouts, phases of blemishes and congested skin, however, and it really knocks my self-confidence. I’ve been religiously using Proactiv+ products twice daily now since January, and my skin has never looked clearer.
I have to admit that I was concerned the products would be too strong for my sensitive skin, that they’d leave my skin too dry, or that my foundation simply wouldn’t sit very well on top of the Proactiv+ potions. But luckily, we’ve gotten on with no hiccups.
So far, the products have changed my skin for the better and I’m feeling a lot more confident about my skin.
I’ve also been focusing on looking after the skin on the rest of my body. Previously, the rest of my skin was getting a little neglected. The only time I would use body scrubs and exfoliators would be when I was trying to remove fake tan, and my skin was getting really dry and unloved. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been making a real effort to exfoliate my skin twice a week, and moisturise it at least once daily. It looks and feels so much better!
In contrast to what 14 year old me thought, happiness is not something that can be given to you, bought or earned. Happiness is not a constant grin on your face and a flawless life. Happiness is being content with your lifestyle and surroundings as a whole, and appreciating everything you have. Happiness is seeing the positive aspects in unfortunate situations and seeing the funny side of inconveniences in life. Happiness is not a constant state of euphoria, but a mind-set.
Despite being an incredibly smiley person, I’m not someone who finds happiness easy. I’m incredibly critical of myself and set myself extremely high standards. No matter what you may think by glancing at my blog or Instagram page, I don’t always find life as perfect as photos may suggest. But, over the last year or so I’ve been making a huge effort to change that. To enjoy every aspect of life, and to take a deep breath when things go wrong and realise that I’m simply having a bad day, not a bad life. I’m learning to worry less and laugh more, and it feels great.
*This post is sponsored by Proactiv+, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.