FACT: We are bombarded daily with images of 20 something’s looking glamorous with perfect hair and skin. We are told grey hair and wrinkles are ‘not the way to go’ and that by the time we get to a certain age we must stop wearing clothes that show anything that might be deemed unsightly!
What they don’t tell you in the ads, of course, is that the photos are airbrushed to the editor’s vision of ‘perfection’, that that 20 something potentially has unhealthy eating habits and that someday in the not too distant future, she too will be grey haired with wrinkles (regardless of the endless plastic surgery they may choose to undergo). That’s the reality…
So when you look at yourself in the mirror what do you see? How much time do you spend critiquing yourself and what is the content of those critiques?
It is time to recognise your beauty, to acknowledge that your uniqueness is your beauty. And when you feel good about yourself on the inside it is so much easier to feel good about the outer image, whether it conforms to general standards of beauty or not.
Do you ever meet women and just think ‘wow, she is beautiful’ and the beauty you are referring to is her energy, her vibrancy, her presence? This is the kind of beauty that leaves a lasting effect on others; this is the beauty that is worth working at.
Of course, there is pleasure to be gained from enhancing outer beauty, be it a day at the hairdresser’s, a day at the beauty salon or shopping for that drop-dead wardrobe! And these are activities that should be enjoyed but they are not essential or for everyone.
There are also a few beauty treatments that I recommend for essential well-being;
Massages & facials – massages are particularly great for your internal well-being. Your body benefits from these treatments as they cleanse, realign and detox you, thus reducing tiredness, stress and leaving you with a healthy glow!
Whatever you do in your beauty regime be confident in your decision and don’t be lured by the ever-growing pile of magazines telling you, you aren’t quite enough.
Read the magazines that celebrate you.
You are amazing; you are beautiful, from the inside out… You Are Awesome
Published by YvonneB
A catalyst for change, Yvonne Bignall is a breath of fresh air in the extraordinary way she helps women 50+ to reconnect with life & their innate power through radical self-care, guilt-free!
She supports, encourages, and inspires women to prioritise their health, one bitesize action at a time. Her work is challenging as it navigates through difficult conversations, listening & observing how women’s health issues have been:
❊ Under-resourced &
❊ Swept under the carpet
She helps women to recognise & unpack old scripts that still (sadly enough) tell them that their value derives from their level of caregiving of others, their output. The truth is it is the input, the ability to resource self, which provides women with the energy required to realise their true potential.
Along with her team, she explores the thoughts, behaviour & habits, often born out of guilt, gender expectations, and reinforced narratives, with curiosity (not judgment), discarding the unhelpful, whilst reclaiming innate power through the creation of new patterns, restoring a sense of self, outside of societal expectations. In her opinion, this allows women to:
✔ Develop an elevated level of self-awareness
✔ Build / rebuild their confidence & self-belief
✔ Value all of who they are and invest time in who they want to be at their best
A self-care warrior, an encourager & inspirer, Yvonne is today an award-winning Women’s Health Advocate, Published Author, and an International Presenter. She is also a Radio Show Host and a Podcaster.
Yvonne is focused on building a community of women, www.PermissionToThrive.online, who are ready to reclaim their right to self-care, guilt-free, and who prioritise their health without apology, role-modeling behaviour & habits that inform generations to come of their true value.
She also advocates for self-care over burnout in the workplace, delivering practical webinars in the corporate space. In her own words, “It is time for employees to prioritise their wellbeing. How will they deliver their best work without it?”
One of her favourite quotes comes from Eleanor Brown, ‘Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel’
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🌱 Become part of the self-care revolution at Permission to Thrive or
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