Lately, I have been feeling such a shift in how we all are feeling. Too much stress, not enough care for ourselves. Makeup can be fun, but at heart it is what is going on inside us that counts. As I have always said, no amount of makeup can mask a sad heart. The times in my life that I have felt the most beautiful have always had to do with how much I am laughing...not how much makeup I had on. So, in the spirit of this, I will be starting to share more stories and tips on the blog of how we can create beauty...starting from the inside! Because being beautiful is not just about makeup. It is so much more.
by Lambeth Hochwald for Life & Beauty Weekly
If you’ve been feeling a little crabby lately -- maybe you feel more stressed or extra burdened than ever -- it is possible to give yourself a personal reboot and be the kind of person others admire.
Our experts offer seven ways to increase your generosity, patience and tolerance -- starting today.
Tip No. 1: Fill Your Personal “Pitcher”
Before you can be bighearted towards others, you have to do what certified health and wellness coach and registered dietician Adrienne Raimo calls “filling your pitcher” first. “This means taking care of yourself and your body,” says Raimo. “To be the best you can be, do your best to eat well, exercise and reduce stress. Otherwise, you’ll feel depleted.”
Tip No. 2: Ask Yourself Some Tough Questions
“The first step to becoming your best self requires brutal honesty,” says Kerry Connelly, a certified life coach. “Ask yourself what you’re good at, what your faults are and what are the things that repeatedly come up that hold you back. By becoming aware of your constant frustrations and the ways in which you’re responsible for them, you’ll experience a greater sense of peace and well-being.”
Tip No. 3: Find a Way to Be Compassionate
So much of our negative actions are based in fear, says Jen Hancock, author of several books, including The Humanist Approach to Happiness. Ironically, the antidote to that fear is compassion. “When we view negative people and situations through a compassionate lens, we no longer view people who scare us as giant ogres. They’re frail humans, just like us.” Next time someone cuts you off in traffic or posts something on your Facebook feed that gets under your skin, think a kind thought: “Maybe he was in a rush because of a family emergency,” or “I may not agree with her, but I admire her passion for her cause.”
Tip No. 4: Own Your Own Stuff
That means taking responsibility for both your successes and failures without beating yourself up for it, says life coach Elaine Taylor-Klaus. “Decide that you’re going to stop making excuses to anyone, especially yourself. No more: ‘Sorry I’m late, there was a slow truck and I hit every light.’ Try, instead: ‘Sorry I’m late. I just didn’t allow myself quite enough time to get here.’”