How to Improve Your Self Esteem

Introduction 

Self-esteem is defined as your personal view of yourself. It is synonymous with self-respect. People’s views are most times defined by their life’s experiences and other people’s consistent views about them.

Even though self-esteem is an internal thing, it is often determined by the external occurrence around us.

At some point in our lives, we all have had to battle low self-esteem due to challenges and failures in our life. Low self-esteem can be short term but if it lasts longer than expected, it could cause mental health problems.

In this article, we will explore some ways to improve your self-esteem.

Ways of Improving Your Self-Esteem

  • Make Positive Comments About Yourself

One way to improve your self-esteem is to make positive comments about yourself. Even though self-esteem is an internal feeling, people allow external opinions to guide their thoughts about themselves.

You can undo the impact of the negative comments by making positive comments about yourself.

People who suffer from low self-esteem due to challenges and setbacks may find it difficult to pick themselves up. However, irrespective of your situation, try to identify the positives of your life.

  • Avoid Toxic Relationships

Avoid people who constantly talk down at you. People who try to make you feel bad about yourself should be cut off. 

Negative words are like an arrow, constantly being exposed to them weakens your wall of defense. Try to build relationships with people who acknowledge your worth and avoid people who consistently devalue you.

  • Celebrate Small Wins

 Little drops of water make the ocean. As an individual, learn to celebrate your small successes.

When you develop a habit of celebrating small wins, you develop a habit of winning concurrently. With success recorded in the little tasks, you are encouraged to face bigger challenges with the winning mentality.  

Reasons Why People Go for Plastic Surgery

Introduction

In recent years, people have become more interested in rebuilding body image through surgery. Through the influence of showbiz personalities, the quest for the “perfect body” has been heightened especially among the female folk. 

Due to the growing trend of plastic surgery for body augmentation, there are media campaigns to promote positive body image, fat activism, etc. hashtags like #selflove are becoming increasingly popular.

However, the reality is a different story as people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with how they look and plastic surgery is becoming commonplace. 

What are some reasons why people do plastic surgery?

Reasons Why People Do Plastic Surgery

  • More Influences

In recent times, people have become more influenced by what they see on their screens (phones, TV, computers, etc.). They see the images of celebrities and online influencers and want to look like them. 

For many regular people, the urge to carry out plastic surgery is increased when they discover their favorite celebrity has undergone the procedure. Also, more people are influenced by the increasing number of people who are doing cosmetic procedures. 

  • More Affordable

In the past, people would have loved to carry out plastic surgery, but they couldn’t afford it. Today, plastic surgery procedures have become more affordable such that middle-income earners can afford to do a Botox.

The doctors are coming up with flexible payment options for their patients, so they can attract more patients. 

  • More Crave for Acceptance

The craving for acceptance on social media has led a lot of people to carry out plastic surgery. They believe augmenting “deficient” parts of their bodies will cause their images to receive more “likes and comments”. 

A survey in 2019 discovered that the top reason why people do plastic surgery is that they want to improve their self-confidence. Many people accept their body image better when it becomes enhanced. 

What is Adult-onset asthma?

 Adult-onset asthma is defined simply by its name. Once one has hit the adult stages of life, he/she may experience this type, yet even so, there are certain groups that are more susceptible to it. Some are listed as follows; “women who are having hormonal changes, such as those who are pregnant or who are experiencing menopause; women who take estrogen following menopause for 10 years or longer, people who have just had certain viruses or illnesses, such as cold or flu; people with allergies, especially to cats; people who have GERD, a type of chronic heartburn with reflux; people who are exposed to environmental irritants, such as tobacco smoke, mold, dust, feather beds, or perfume.”

These are the kind of factors that make adult-onset asthma different than the rest because it is one of the types that one can be faced with later in his/her lifetime, rather than as a child. In turn, not all asthma is something that’s inherited from one’s family – and/or one’s medical history – but can instead be encountered based on his/her surrounding environment, health and wellness, and/or what he/she is subject to. Fortunately, adult-onset asthma can be managed if one follows his/her doctor’s plan and keeps up with his/her day-to-day routine. If one doesn’t then his/her symptoms risk the chance of not getting any better.

As a result, adult-onset asthma and occupational asthma have a little bit in common because they both occur in response to something that the person is surrounded by. The only difference is that occupational asthma is centered around work, but in terms of symptoms a lot of the same ones can show up for someone with adult-onset asthma if their environment consists of “cigarette smoke, some chemicals, dust, pollen, and/or mold.” The reason why is because “allergies trigger at least 30% of cases of adult asthma.”

In conclusion, it is important for one who is experiencing asthma as an adult to meet with his/her doctor to receive help in relation to his/her condition and to better observe what the underlying reason might be for him/her to develop it. In doing so, lifestyle changes may need to take place for the individual’s airways to have any chance of getting better. If you are experiencing “wheezing, coughing with or without mucus, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pressure, or colds that seem to linger” then you may want to seek out the help of a medical professional to receive the best care.

BENEFITS OF PLASTIC SURGERY

There are some hidden benefits of plastic surgery that some people are not aware of, and they cannot be blamed for this. A good number of people would only realize these benefits long after they have had the procedure.

It is however important to be aware of the benefits which comes with plastic surgery, as there is a tendency that it would help you to make a decision whether to go under the knife or not.

To start with, one of the benefits which comes with plastic surgery is physical health enhancement.

There are some procedures that are meant particularly for looks enhancement, and this implies that if you opt for a physical surgery for this purpose, you will definitely have a better look.

Hence, you can decide to change how your head looks like, or any part of the body you want.

In addition to this, another benefit that comes with plastic surgery is confidence boost. You can be certain that when you opt for plastic surgery, you will definitely feel good, and this would reflect in the gait of the individual.

The person would notice that prior to the completion of the procedure, it was quite impossible to do certain acts. Now, things are different.

There is also a tendency for the mental health of an individual to be enhanced, following the plastic surgery procedure. People in this position often notice that, they have less things to think about, and they would not be unnecessarily anxious like before.

They would also realize that, they are in more control of their lives than before, and this would help them to think straight.

A plastic surgery procedure paves way for golden opportunities which you would not normally notice.

People would notice that you are more attractive, and they would want to associate with you unlike before. You would also get lots of compliments from people, who would not typically praise you before.

To wrap it up, after a plastic surgery, you will discover that, it would be effortless to watch your body weight. So, you would take your nutrition into important consideration in order to ensure that you do not disrupt the beauty of the plastic surgery procedure.

DRAWBACKS OF PLASTIC SURGERY

For some people, plastic surgery is a technique to reclaim one’s physical appearance after a disaster such as an accident. While for other people, it is a way to modify certain cosmetic defects. Irrespective of the reasons for plastic surgery, there are some shortcomings which are associated with the procedures, and they must be looked into before having the surgery.

  • Medical hazards: Just like any other surgery, plastic surgery comes with some medical complications, with the eventual one being death. Now, there are some generic risks which are linked with plastic surgery, and they include: infection, critical bleeding¸ nerve injury which could cause numbness, necrosis, seroma and hematoma. Also, some conditions such as thrombosis and blood clots are also likely during plastic surgery.
  • Appearance: One of the demerits which comes with plastic surgery, is having scars. These scars are referred to as hypertrophic scars, and they are usually red and very thick. It is very unusual to see these scars fade off, like those which are obtained during a conventional surgical procedure. After the surgery, there are swellings and bruising, and it is very difficult for them to fade off. To make things worse, if the plastic surgery is done on the face, it becomes very obvious. Some patients do not usually know the effects of a surgery procedure until it has been completed, and most times, they are not usually satisfied with the outcome.
  • Cost: Hardly would you see a plastic surgery procedure which is cheap, as a good number of them are very expensive. The costs are usually exhaustive, as they comprise of all the cost which you would incur from the start to the end of the procedure, and most times, they are required to be paid at once before the surgery commences.
  • Addiction: This is a factor which sets in after an individual has undergone plastic surgery. This happens most times when the individual is satisfied with the outcome of the first procedure, and he feels more can still be achieved by correcting other flaws in the body. With time, the individual would want to change his entire outlook to his preferred choice.

If care is not taken, the individual would run out of money, and poverty could set in. Therefore, check out behaviour health treatment centers for professional support before hand.

THE EFFICACY OF YOUR DRESS SENSE AND APPEARANCES

THE EFFICACY OF YOUR DRESS SENSE AND APPEARANCES

Dressing has always been an integral part of culture and society in every part of the world. Dresses and appearances have to an extent being a means of identifying and recognizing different professions, tribe, and association in relation to their respective countries or race.

Whether you like it or not, the cloth you wear at every point in time tells something about you. It will be right to agree with the saying that opines that, “the way you are dressed, is the way you will be addressed”. By this statement, it is to follow that one should always appear in such ways that represents the expectation of people, in terms of the norms and values of the society, profession, occupation, event etc.

What do people get to know about you from your dress?

As earlier discussed, there are many things that people can deduce or infer from the kind of clothes we wear. Some of these deductions will be elucidated in seriatim:

Neatness and effort:  From the look of the clothes, you put on people tend to have reservations and conclusions about how neat you are or how well you take care of your appearance. It is important for you to know about the advantage and disadvantage of being neat.

Looking good is a characteristic of good opportunities, and of course for you to look good you must be at least neat to a reasonable extent. It also propels the judgment of people concerning how conscious you are about your look, and how much you put in to making yourself better or worse.

Field of work or profession and how good you are at what you do: usually, some specific professions or occasions have their own way of dressing, which serves as an indicator to identifying what they do. Artists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants etc. all have their way of dressing that suits the job they do, and also assists them in actualizing their dreams in light of the profession.

The words your appearance speak about you

If you were walking on the road, and you come across a huge person, wearing an armless shirt and a ripped jean, you obviously will not be thinking that such person is heading to an office or some official engagement. Why? Because what his appearance speaks is not in line with some official setting.

Let us say you cross his path and he says “get out of my way”, you would not be surprised and will not hesitate to leave is way.

However, appearances are not sufficient to generalize to 100% the personality of a person, but it is what speaks about you before you introduce yourself. So, ensure to look who you really are, in other not to confuse people about your personality.

Beauty Culture Mentality

beauty cultureBeauty culture may seem harmless, but it is more than just skin deep. How we approach our aesthetics is part of our psychology, and it has a heavy impact on how we view ourselves and construct our identities. The value that we place on beauty as a society has an affect on the individuals within it. Obviously, some individuals are going to have more beauty than others, and a society that overly values beauty is sending a message to its less beautiful members that they are not as valuable.  This is a tragedy as beauty should be seen as inconsequential.

The first part of the message that beauty culture sends people is that there are beauty standards. Merely the implication that these standards exist is already setting an unrealistic precedent. Who could possibly have the authority to set beauty standards? No two people look alike. We have incredible diversity in our appearances. This is the first problem of beauty culture: that its entire foundation is based on a fallacy.

The second part of the message that beauty culture sends people is that beauty standards are ever increasing. This is a stressful notion considering that a person can only change their appearance so much. But alas, one can examine changing beauty standards over time and realize that they are ever becoming more and more strict, reaffirming the notion that one can never feel satisfied and confident with their appearance.

And lastly, the third part of the message that beauty culture sends people is that ever increasing beauty standards must be met. The implication is that those who do not  meet the culture’s standards of beauty will be left behind and devalued. This is such a harmful message to send people, especially to the more vulnerable members of society. Implying that someone is not worth while and has nothing to contribute to society because of the way they look is extremely detrimental to their sense of worth and self esteem.

Problematic Beauty Obsession

beauty obsession problemsBeauty culture is highly prevalent in modern times. We see its influences every day of our lives. We value beauty higher than we value health. The advantages that physical beauty will get us in life are impressed upon us from the time that we are small children. We are lead to understand that beautiful people are admired, rewarded and superior, while unattractive people are offensive, unappreciated and useless. We give our children role models of petite, angelic female figures and muscular, strong male figures and influence them to aspire to these ideals. This obsessive value we place on beauty is damaging to our psyches and deteriorating to our morality.

The reasons that people get carried away with plastic surgery are complex in nature, but one cannot discuss plastic surgery obsession and not make mention of the vanity that is so common to our culture. This is not to say that anyone who has taken plastic surgery and cosmetic alterations too far is vain. There are a number of reasons people use these procedures in excess, many of which are tied to legitimate mental health problems. However, our societal trends of obsessive beauty culture and focus on self image that informs our vanity is certainly contributing to the problem.

When it comes to cosmetic procedures like plastic surgery, beauty culture informs us that we would be better off if our noses were just that much smaller or lips that much fuller. It influences us to believe that plastic surgery can help us attain the level of perfection that we are seeking in our appearances. This prompts people to do things like spend their children’s college funds on plastic surgery for themselves, receive so many cosmetic alterations that their faces look more like masks than actual faces and spend their entire existences pursuing a level of physical perfection that does not exist. This side of beauty culture is toxic and harmful to people of all ages and should be eradicated.

Common Cosmetic Alterations

common cosmetic proceduresCosmetic alterations are all the rage within certain circles. Particularly in well-to-do society and celebrity culture, cosmetic alterations are a way of life. Most people you meet within these circles have had some cosmetic work done, even if only a minor procedure. There a variety of cosmetic alterations available to people who are looking to permanently alter their appearance. Some of the most common cosmetic alterations that people have performed are botox injections, laser treatments, electrolysis and plastic surgery.

  • Botox injections are the injection of collagen into a physical feature, such as lips or cheeks, to make them appear fuller and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The collagen fills the skin that has become dull in its elasticity and makes it tighter. Excessive botox is known for making some people’s faces appear rigid and expressionless.
  • Laser treatments may be for hair or they may be for skin. Laser treatments can stop the growth of hair in unwanted places or they can smooth skin imperfections and give skin a tighter, smoother appearance. This treatment does not work on all hair and skin imperfections, but does work on many of them.
  • Electrolysis is used for similar purposes as laser treatment, but instead of using lasers, the procedure uses electrical currents to alter hair follicles and to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sun damage. This is the most recent of the cosmetic alteration procedures.
  • Plastic surgery has been a mainstream beauty procedure since the 1980’s, but has come a long way since then. Plastic surgery involves performing a surgical operation to reshape part of the body into a more aesthetically pleasant form. Plastic surgeries are most commonly performed on faces, breasts, butts and on any area where skin is sagging. Plastic surgery has a reputation for being addictive because it is the most drastic form of body augmentation available for purchase.

Overly Dependent on Plastic Surgery

cosmetic procedure obsessionWhen we think of plastic surgery, we think of something that should be done in moderation. The cautionary tales are all too many. Internet photos, news stories and word of mouth circulate about what happens when someone overuses plastic surgery. They begin to look unnatural and unsightly, thus contradicting the purpose of plastic surgery, which is to beautify a person. Despite these warnings, dependence on plastic surgery is still a legitimate phenomenon. People do not always know when to cut themselves off from plastic surgery, and it becomes an addiction of sorts. Plastic surgery only returns positive results when it is done in tasteful moderation, and those who cannot learn to limit themselves end up altering their appearance for the worse.

A dependence on plastic surgery is often mental, stemming from a distorted perception of one’s own appearance. If someone has a damaged perception of their self image, which is often caused by low self esteem or past traumas, they can effect the way the brain interprets one’s own reflection. With the innovation of plastic surgery came the opportunity for people to permanently alter their physical features for the first time. For those who had spent their lives staring into the mirror, wishing they could change their faces, the temptation proved overpowering.

The trouble with this distorted way of thinking is that it is a vicious thought pattern. It informs a person that if they just alter one part of their appearance, they will be happy. But these thoughts never leave when the individual carries out the task. They simply keep repeating. This type of mental unhealthiness informs the person that their appearance is never good enough, so they continue to alter their appearance. it. Plastic surgery is not meant to become a way of life. It is meant to be a one-time procedure, at most a handful of times. Anything beyond that is going to start to look unnatural. People who become dependent on plastic surgery are not aware of how they are morphing their face into something unnatural looking. They are only aware that their appearance must be changed. This is a type of disorder that warrants counseling, not repeated plastic surgery. People struggling with addiction to plastic surgery can find substance abuse counseling Beverly Hills, Miami and New York.