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Remember those big resolutions we had way back in January – the ones we all brushed aside by, say, Groundhog’s Day? Well, with the end of the year fast approaching, what better time is there to revive those Self Improvement goals and achieve the improved Self Worth we all still crave?

To me, Self Improvement is about focusing on being the best “you” that you can be – inside and out. There are 5 areas where simple changes can reap the quickest and most beneficial rewards: your outlook, your smile, your hair, your nails and your diet. Working on any and all of these can really boost your Self Worth. Here’s how:

1. Improve Your Outlook

I’m a big proponent of meditation and writing gratitude lists. Adding in just 5 minutes of meditation a day can help to really boost your spirits and reduce the appearance of stress lines (improving how you look and how you feel!). It can really be as simple as setting a timer and indulging in 5 peaceful and comfortable minutes in a favorite spot. At the end, write down 5 things you’re grateful for in that moment – no matter how small or trivial – and I promise you, it will create a seismic shift in your attitude.

2. Improve (And Use) Your Smile

Speaking of positivity, isn’t it time you smiled more? Smiling is one of the top indicators of your confidence level and one of the first things someone notices about you. But, what if your smile is what’s standing in the way of your confidence? Why not improve it – whether it’s with a simple over the counter whitening treatment or an accessible straightening treatment like Invisalign® clear aligners? Full Disclosure: I have received complimentary Invisalign treatment but the opinions I share below are my own.

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My Invisalign Experience
With clear, removable trays, hardly anyone can tell I have them on – a big plus for someone like me where ‘facetime’ is my line of work! The virtually invisible, removable aligners are made of lightweight plastic that gradually move teeth over time just as effectively as wire and bracket braces – making Invisalign clear aligners a much more modern and modest path to the perfect smile. My teeth look great and I feel confident and beautiful.

3. Improve Your Nails
A clean look on your nails can really have a positive impact on how you feel – you use your hands all day and nobody wants to see their nails looking messy. Having your nails done can give you a polished, pulled together look and gel manicures are amazing because they last 2 to 3 weeks; however, who really has an extra $40 and an hour to spare every two weeks? With improvements in DIY technology there are at-home devices that offer professional results, so you can improve the look of your hands without draining your wallet or losing that hour better spent with family and friends.

4. Improve Your Hair
I know that when my hair is in need of a healthy boost, it not only weighs down my look but also my mood. If you want to rock beautiful hair, it’s important to moisturize it just as you do your skin. With so many amazing formulas and products on the market, you can have a new do in no time and you don’t need to spend a ton. Solutions include leave-in conditioner and stylers that take you from thin to ‘thick’ hair in seconds!

5. Improve Your Diet
Finally, improve your eating habits – it’s one of the most important things you can do to feel a change right away. You can undo years of damage just by making just small changes to your diet – and no, this doesn’t mean you’re “going on a diet”. This month, you can learn how to cook something at home instead of eating out. The advancements in home appliances really make cooking healthy a breeze for anyone. Plus, you can also incorporate fruits, vegetables and drink lots of water, which are proven to make you look and feel great. The more good choices you make, the less your body craves the bad ones – and in time, your mind will follow as well.

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Share Your Self-Worth Boosters
Ready to improve your well-being? Tell me how you intend to do it! Have any success stories on how you’ve transformed your self-worth for the better? Share them in the comments below, Tweet me @JNSantaniello or message me on Facebook with your stories and the tag #JustHaveSelfWorth!

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