July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Today

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I talked about trying out the new Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer back in January, and after 6 months of using it now, I wanted to talk about why it’s still my favorite moisturizer.  First of all, it’s applied to wet skin.  It is SO much faster to apply than other moisturizers, and it’s so quick and easy to just add it into your daily beauty routine.  It actually absorbs 2x faster than regular lotion for 24-hour soft skin.  Before using it, I was skipping moisturizing most days because I didn’t have the time to spend putting lotion on every single day.  What sets this moisturizer apart is that it is applied at the time that your skin is most receptive to moisture.  You don’t rinse it off.  You just rub it on in about 5 seconds while you’re skin is still wet, and then go.  
I’ve actually turned this moisturizer into part of my “spa night” that I do almost every night now.  After putting Leighton to bed now, I go for a run each night.  I usually do about 2-3 miles.  Then I hop in the shower and just sit back and relax for a bit.  I use an exfoliating body scrub, apply a clay mask to my face and then apply Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer after I finish up.  This whole routine only takes about 10-15 minutes, but it’s “my time.”  With all the hustle and bustle of work, working out, mom life and everything else that comes our way, I try to squeeze in these little moments whenever I can.  Over the past couple of months, I’ve been eating better, working out more and just overall taking better care of myself.  And I’ve learned a couple of things along the way.  I wanted to share 5 of my favorite ways to boost your confidence today.  You might not want to be where you are right now, but don’t give up.  We all have to start somewhere.
1.)  Take some time for yourself.  Whether it be for a mini mani, a little shopping trip for some date night clothing or fitness apparel or a spa day at home like I have each night.  Do something special for YOU.  Taking time for yourself will help you to focus on yourself, and it’s an instant pick me up that let’s you recharge and refocus.  We all can’t help but focus on everyone and everything else all day long.  Take at least 15-30 minutes a day for you. 
2.)  Work with your body, not against it.  Doing 100 crunches or running for 30 minutes today isn’t going to instantly change your body (or the way you feel about it.)  You have great features.  What are they?  Do you have long legs, a curvy waist, pretty eyes, toned legs?  Find some of your favorite features that you truly love and play them up.  And the ones you don’t love as much?  Wear pieces that flatter them.  Your body didn’t change overnight, and you can’t change it overnight either, so stop fighting it for now.  Change what you can in a realistic timeframe.  And what you can’t change?  Put on those 4 inch heels you love, a V-neck blouse and a long pendant necklace to elongate your legs and rock what your mama gave you.  And do dress your body for how it is NOW.  Have you been holding off on buying new clothing until you lose 10 lbs?  Holding off on getting rid of all clothes 3 sizes too small?  Instead of wearing boring, uninspiring clothing you don’t love, go out and treat yourself to something that you love now.  And something that fits your body now.  = )  Stop waiting.  And guess what, you can still get it tailored to fit you if you love it that much after you lose those 10 lbs. too.  I swear by my tailor.   
3.)  Surround yourself with people who lift you up instead of bringing you down.  The more you’re around negative people, the more you can’t help but let them rub off on you.  Just try it out, and I think you’ll realize that having friends who support and motivate you will help you to push yourself even more to do what makes you happy and feel good.
4.)  Don’t start tomorrow or next week or the first of the month.  Start now.  The more you put it off, the more you will put it off.  If you’re not motivated to start today, you’re not going to be motivated to keep at it.  And if you mess up, don’t keep messing up.  And don’t say you’ll get back on track next week.  Get back on track now.  Learn from it, move on, and do better.  Don’t let one cheat day lead to a cheat week to a cheat month and so on.  There’s no time like the present. 
5.)  Make a list of 10 things you love about yourself or your life.  And it doesn’t just have to be about physical appearances.  Are you a good problem solver?  A good listener?  Do you have a great job?  What do you have to offer?  What are your strengths?  What do you love about your life?  We already focus on our weaknesses enough.  It’s time to remember what we are great at and what we love.     
What has worked for you to help boost your confidence?  Do you take enough time for yourself?
I’m sharing Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer in my life as part of a Jergen’s sponsored series for Socialstarsโ„ข, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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