Big, drastic changes aren’t always required in order to feel happier, freer, more confident or help you be more productive. There’s a lot more to the saying, “It’s the little things in life that matter most” than one might think, as those “little things” I’m about to discuss can really have a big impact on our day-to-day lives! So without further ado, here are four simple or “little” things you can do to immediately start feeling better about yourself!
1. Clean up your surroundings – Having a neater, cleaner and more organized environment creates a major sense of peace for yourself whether you realize it or not. The more chaotic and messy your surroundings are, the more scattered and unmotivated you will feel.
One thing that Jeff told me shortly after we met was how important it was to him to always take everything out of the car when we arrived at home. He said early on that he felt the way a person takes care of their car says a lot about them, so I was sure to keep my car neat from that point on! At this point in our lives, the only items that have a permanent home in our cars are phone charging cords and sanitation wipes. No trash, water bottles, sweaters or back packs ever get left behind, which means each time we get in the car to go somewhere, we start with a nice, clean slate.
Other areas that are important to keep neat are your closet, the kitchen (including the pantry and Tupperware drawer!), your desk where you work and any other place you spend a lot of time. Try cleaning up just one little area a day and notice how much better you feel!
For more on how I manage to keep our house and car looking decent, check this out: http://www.audreydunham.com/2015/05/the-phrase-that-has-changed-my-life/
2. Go out and get (or give yourself) a manicure! Yes, I’m talking to dudes, as well! Having a nice looking set of fingertips can really make you feel great and more confident because we look at our own hands countless times a day. And btw, others look at them, too! Take that little bit of time to give your nails some TLC once a week or every two weeks; it’s a really nice and inexpensive way to treat yourself, and it’s an awesome self esteem booster, too.
3. Give your attire a once-over. First, do yourself a massive favor and go through your underwear and sock drawer ASAP. Make a pile of all items that have holes in them, are super faded (we all have those socks that used to be black that are now gray, right?), have stains or that don’t fit well. Once you make a pile, pick them up, carry them over to a trash can and release. Then, turn around and walk away without looking back.
Next, do the same thing with the rest of your clothes, such as jeans, shirts, shorts, sweats, workout clothes, shoes, pajamas and so on. If they are somewhat decent looking enough to donate to charity then put them in a bag and do that.
The bottom line is, if your clothes are gnarly looking for any reason (unintentional holes, faded, stains, don’t fit well) your self-confidence isn’t top-notch when you wear them. What you wear doesn’t need to be expensive (heck, head to the cheapest store in town!) and you certainly don’t need to own a lot of clothes, but you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll suddenly feel when the items you do wear (even your undergarments) are spiffy looking and fit your body well.
As a side note: I feel my best and receive the most compliments when I wear bright or bold colors instead of white, cream, tan or gray. Perhaps you would, too!
4. Whiten your teeth – Your teeth don’t need to be perfectly straight, but if you put in the little bit of extra effort to improve their color then your smile will look better to the world, in photographs, but most importantly, to yourself when you look in the mirror! There are a couple of different options here; you can go the drug store “white strips” route, which I like to do every now and then. If you have sensitive teeth like I do, no worries – just buy the ones that state they whiten slowly over a week and then only keep them on for ten minutes. Do this once every other week at the very most.
If you’d like to go the all-natural route, make a somewhat thick paste out of a few teaspoons of baking soda and a bit of water. Apply the paste to your toothbrush, brush your teeth with it and leave it on for about a minute before rinsing.
Have any of these “little” things worked for you when it comes to boosting your level of self-awesomeness? Or do you have any other handy tips to share (that don’t involve caffeine or alcohol – those are obvious!) If so, please share those, too.