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Appearances might only go skin deep, but the effects your outer image has on your mentality can be a lot deeper. The whole reason why people spend time on their hair, makeup, on selecting clothes or picking the right cut for their face shape, is because it makes them feel better. No one spends time and money on these material things to please someone else. (Do they?) We do it because it makes us feel happy. And no matter your mental state, how can that be anything but a good thing? Somebody might tell you that you look beautiful in your frumpiest clothing, when your hair is in need of a wash, and there are bags under your eyes, and they would be telling the truth. But that doesn’t mean that you automatically feel it. 

It’s an unfortunate fact that most people don’t like some aspect of themselves. It could be their skin, their tummy or their laugh, but when it’s on show - or they think it’s on show - it can have a detrimental effect on their mental health. A lot of anxiety, especially in women, stems from the worry of people seeing, what they consider to be, a flaw. 

Wearing makeup, or having the perfectly fitting clothes might not be a necessity to some, but to others it is. If you look good, you feel good. And those emotions can be hard to come by. 
Luckily, there are ways in which you can help yourself to feel better in your own skin, regardless of your mental state. We’re not saying it’s a miracle cure, but the process of spending time looking after the outside of your body, can change perspectives and help you feel better on the inside too. 

The first thing to do, is to start eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. This will clear up bad skin, help you to shed any excess weight, help you sleep better, and can give more energy. It will also encourage endorphins and Oxytocin to circulate your body, making you feel happy. 

Spending time outside in the sun can also help manage anxiety levels. Vitamin D is so important, in fact, a lack of vitamin D can result in a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Getting the right amount of sleep, and not in the middle of the day, will go a long way to help. The average adult needs between eight and ten hours of sleep every night, and forcing your body to stay awake late into the early hours will not help. 

Looking after your skin can have a really positive effect on your mental health. By getting into the habit of a regular skin care routine, you not only cleanse your skin of impurities, you spend valuable time pampering yourself. For a lot of people, life is too hectic to spend fifteen minutes just caring for yourself - but you need to make the time. The ritualistic movements of this routine will help you to calm your mind and allows you to get to know your body in a positive way. 

And lastly, the thing you should start doing to care for yourself is to talk. You might be able to do that with a close friend or family member, but it can be incredibly helpful to have someone not close to you, and who knows what your going through. You can use the Online Doctor App to talk to a professional at your convenience. Or there are many Samaritan phone lines you can call to just talk to someone new. Talking might not be appearances based, but you’ll be surprised what it can do for your smile. 

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