Turning a New Leaf: How to Feel Like a New You

Everyone gets to a place in their life where they feel like something’s got to give. Maybe you feel like you’re not reaching the personal or career goals you set or maybe you’re not even sure what your goals are. This can be a difficult place to move forward through, but just know that everything can get better if you allow it to. That’s not to minimize any struggles you’re going through, because life can legitimately be hard. What you do in those times of frustration is what transforms you into a new you. If you’re feeling a little stuck and looking for ways to move forward, here are a few suggestions to get you started down the right path.

Work through the sticky spots

If you feel like there’s a sticking point in your life, finding someone to help you through it could be very beneficial. Maybe you feel anxious, even when you’re not particularly stressed or perhaps there are a bunch of different paths you could go down and you’re not sure how to make an important decision. Your sticking point could be how you think about certain things, and all you need is help to shift your perspective. An effective way to change your outlook on life is through cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.

In this kind of therapy, you talk about your difficulties with a therapist. Your therapist then gives you feedback on any negative thinking patterns you have and offers you adjustments that will help you form more positive thought habits. You don’t have to have a mental illness to highly benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy just helps you handle challenging situations, and it’s safe to say everyone faces adversity at one time or another. You might be surprised by the more positive, confident you that comes out of your last CBT session.

Come out of your cocoon

An easy way to show that you’re turning a new leaf is through a physical transformation. If you’re feeling different on the inside, you may be feeling the need to express it on the outside. Perhaps you’ve moved to a big city, and you’re feeling like your midwestern look isn’t quite cutting it. In order to look sharp and bright, you’re going to need the right makeup. Nowadays, with social media influencers, it seems like everyone knows how to do their makeup flawlessly.

Dig deep and watch those makeup tutorials to learn the dos and don’ts. The pièce de résistance of a finished face is false lashes. They’re also one of the trickiest things to apply, because of the mess that the glue can make. Skip that headache and still look absolutely fabulous by applying magnetic lashes. You’ll get all of the extra lash volume you need and they won’t slide down through the night, because they’re attached to your magnetic eyeliner. Successfully doing your makeup is sure to make you look like a brand new version of yourself.

Renew that gym membership

There’s so much pressure due to social media to look like an Instagram model. You don’t have to weigh 116 pounds to go through a change. So many posts about “miracle dietary supplements” and “rapid weight loss transformations” are actually just tricks of the camera. Renew your gym membership, because it makes you feel great to make that kind of commitment to yourself.

Go to the gym five days a week, because having reliable habits makes you feel less anxious and more stable. Working out doesn’t just improve your physical health; it also does wonders for your mental health. Working out releases endorphins and enkephalins, which are hormones that regulate mood. Be the best “you” you can be without any self-judgment.