Typically, we wouldn’t think of a trip to our local barber shop or beauty salon as an exercise in improving our health. But the benefits of something as simple as a haircut can actually increase your well-being. How, you ask? Read on…
The effects of self-esteem on personal health have long been lauded in the medical community. A happy, self-confident person generally experiences fewer health issues than a person in similar circumstances with a poor self-image. Factors such as stress have been linked to a wide variety of issues from heart disease to ulcers to migraines and even to cancer. These risks are greatly reduced when one is generally feeling good about oneself, and taking time to pamper ourselves a little can go a long way in improving our self-esteem.
The next time you go for a haircut, or shop for clothes, or even just run some errands, make a concerted effort to pay attention to your present emotional state. Maybe you can try something new with your hair or spice up your wardrobe a little by expanding your current tastes in fashion. Before you go to the bank or post office or grocery store, take just a minute or two to make sure you are looking your best. It may seem trivial, but the accumulated benefits of such small actions can have a massive impact on your overall self-image.
When you take a little extra care in how you present yourself to the world, you subconsciously project an inflated feeling of self-worth both to yourself and to those around you. The more we respect ourselves, the more we feel respect coming back to us from external sources.
So while it may seem like just another mundane task, your next haircut actually may be one of the healthiest things you do for yourself all day. Take pride in it and reap the rewards of the self-esteem boost you’ve given yourself.