The Importance of a Healthy Self-Esteem
Raise your hand if you were as obsessed with the show “What Not to Wear” as we were. What we loved so much about that show weren’t just the physical transformations (which were pretty fabulous), but the emotional transformations that accompanied them. It was truly inspiring to witness each contestant gain new confidence and a more positive approach to life when they were shown just what they were capable of.
The old adage is true: looks aren’t everything. But the way we present ourselves to the world, appearance-wise, tends to say something about what’s going on below the surface. You don’t have to look like a model to exude confidence and positivity. But choosing a style that makes you feel like a model—that makes you feel good about yourself and your image—can go a long way toward boosting your self-esteem.
And a healthy self-esteem is actually pretty important. Not only does it help you feel more secure and worthwhile, but several studies show it leads to higher productivity, more open-mindedness, more positive relationships, and a lower tendency to overcriticize oneself and others. In essence, a healthy self-esteem makes you a better person, all around.
So, take some time for yourself. Get to know you and what your visions and goals for yourself are. Think about the non-physical traits you want to present to the world and consider how your physical style might mirror that. Everyone is flawed; no one is perfect—no matter what our society might say to the contrary. But there’s certainly no harm in highlighting your favorite features or acquiring a new outfit or wig that makes you feel good about being you.
As celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes says, “Looking good leads to feeling good, feeling good leads to empowerment.” You deserve to feel good. You deserve to be the strongest, most powerful you.