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Self-esteem is something we all deal with—and many of us have likely struggled with it at some point in our lives. How we feel about ourselves can greatly impact our quality of life, for better or for worse. Not to sound like one of those inspirational seminars, but self-esteem is something that has to come from within, and there is no external substitute for learning to accept and love yourself for who you are. However, if you find yourself in a bit of a slump, there are a few remedies that might get you feeling back on track.

Updating your wardrobe is a tried and true way to take you from zero to hero, but simply buying more for the sake of spending might leave you feeling empty. A cluttered closet symbolizes an equally cluttered mind, and it may be time to strike a balance between old and new pieces. Try some decluttering and donating. Don’t hold onto items that are worn out, don’t fit, or aren’t your style anymore just for old time’s sake. As for finding fresh outfits, quality over quantity is a good rule to live by. Find a few pieces that make you feel special and are versatile enough to liven up any existing outfits you already have.

Sign up for a yoga class. There is a wide range of types and levels, so you’re bound to find a good fit even if you’re not the biggest fan of exercise. Yoga is a meditative practice, and routinely participating can give your brain some much needed “me time” away from the stresses of daily life. Not only can it refresh your mind, stretching and awakening your muscles may help give you an energy boost and liven your overall mood. And the muscle tone that comes with regular yoga practice will leave you feeling more confident in your skin.

Hair days, good and bad, have a direct effect on self-esteem, and your hair is one part of your appearance you have relatively straightforward control over. The great news is that there are tons of ways to update your ‘do! If your long locks feel like a nuisance and seem to be more trouble than they’re worth, a shorter hairstyle may be a breath of fresh air. On the flip side, if you’re trying to grow out a mane mermaids would be jealous of, pamper it a bit with a moisturizing and strengthening hair mask. You can buy one prepackaged at a beauty supply store or make your own with key ingredients like coconut oil.

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