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How to revive your sense of beauty

Elise Stephens blogs about relationships, life, and inspiration at www.elisestephens.com. She received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007. Her novel Moonlight and Oranges was a quarter-final...

Use your mirror, wardrobe and music playlist

Surround yourself with a world that refreshes you and reflects your own delights. Create a playlist, write and display your favorite aspects of yourself, and get wardrobe wisdom without buying anything new as your reclaim your sense of loveliness.

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Use your mirror, wardrobe and music

Surround yourself with a world that refreshes you and reflects your own delights. Create a playlist, write and display your favorite aspects of yourself, and get wardrobe wisdom without buying anything new as you reclaim your sense of loveliness.

We've all had those bad days when we wake up feeling ugly. Sometimes it's more than just our physical appearance. Maybe your home feels drab, your wardrobe has lost its pizzazz or you just feel barraged by jarring sounds. These can all be diagnosed as cases of 'beauty deficiency.'

Here are three ways to use things you already have to revive your damaged sense of beauty.

Positive reflections

Some days our hair won't do what we tell it. The truth is, we can't control all aspects of our physical appearance, but we can leave encouraging messages and reminders to ourselves. Take the courage to write true, kind things about yourself on a piece of paper. "I'm engaging and fun" or "My quiet demeanor helps others relax" or "I'm pretty no matter what my hair does." Be as creative as you want! A few minutes spent thinking on what you know you need to hear will give you direction. Set yourself up for success with kind words.

Wardrobe revamp
(on a budget!)

Clothes are a huge part of our sense of self — oftentimes they are extensions of how we feel about ourselves (whether we mean to or not). Instead of going on a shopping spree, why not invite a friend over to help you create new, fun combinations of clothes that you already own? It will change your perspective and make your clothes look brand new. You'll be better able to face the world with a bright smile when you feel vibrant and fresh.

The feel-good playlist

Gather together the songs that make your heart melt, that link you to sweet memories, that remind you of the person you want to be. Avoid songs that make you sad or angry. Classical music with sweeping overtures is a great choice, as is anything instrumental that you find uplifting. Lyrics can distract more than they're helpful. Carefully selected music lifts your mood and rests your mind, and a stress-free brain is all the lovelier.

These ideas shouldn't take much effort to implement and will send you on your way to a restored, bright and cherished sense of beauty all around you.

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