5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)


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You’ve probably experienced this scenario yourself – you’re in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it’s something simple, like a bath or it’s something a little more dramatic (like chopping your long locks.) Regardless of the act, it suddenly gives you that restoration of spirit you needed and that spring in your step is back.

Happiness and confidence go hand in hand. When I am happy, I feel my most confident and like I can achieve anything. When I’m feeling down, it often feels like my goals are not within reach. We’ve all been there.

So what can you do to give yourself a kick in the pants? You want my honest answer? Self care. Pampering yourself is is the most natural mood booster I know. It’s not selfish by any means, it’s transformative.

Here are 5 tips for pampering yourself to boost your mood (and confidence):

Get a haircut. There’s something therapeutic about cutting off what’s weighing you down while venting to your hairstylist. Other things I love about it – the head massage, the hum of the hair dryer, the eventual amazing hairstyle that I can never duplicate at home.

I recently decided to chop my long hair. It felt like magic and all of the compliments I got just made me feel really, really good.

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Color your hair. Go lighter, go darker or just refresh what Mother Nature gave you. Either way, in between haircuts, coloring your hair also has a transformative effect on the way you look. It makes you WANT to look at yourself, smile and say, “Damn girl, you look good!”

I’m currently stepping down my hair color with Garnier Olia® 6.0 Light Brown from super dark brown to hopefully a super light brown/dark blonde by the time I’m done. It’s giving me shiny hair with 100% gray coverage. I also love that it smells nothing like hair dye. (Check out my getting summer-ready post about it.)

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Go red. I cannot speak the praises of red lipstick enough. You’re never too light or too dark to wear this confidence in a tube. I used to think so until one day I basically asked Twitter to find the right shade for me and tweeted a pic of myself. Some beauty editors answered the call and told me the type of red I needed, along with some recommendations.

Once I found my perfect red, I haven’t looked back. In fact, I now prefer red over any other lipstick color in my makeup bag. It’ll make you feel sexy, glamorous and confident.

Take a walk. Get those endorphins going, boost that seratonin. Me and exercise aren’t really friends, but going for a walk doesn’t seem like work. When I lived in the suburbs, I would park my car in a neighborhood I wished that I could one day live in and just walk through it. I made up stories in my head about living in this house, being friends with someone in that house, etc.

Now that I live in the Pocono Mountains and have a lake in front of my house, I love walking the mile around and taking in the beauty. Many times I go with a friend or with one or some of my sons. By the end of my walk I always feel much better.

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Get a massage. This favorite spa treatment isn’t just about indulgence. It releases tension, decreases stress and simply quiets the mind. Massage helps to drain the lymphatic system which boosts your body’s ability to heal itself.

Going to a spa is obviously my first choice for this because you also have the added benefit of aromatherapy and stepping away from interruptions, but getting a shiatsu massager for at-home use is always an option as well.

What are some of the things you do to help boost your mood and self confidence?

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

15 Responses to 5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

  1. The Beauty of Life

    A new haircut always perks me up! 🙂

  2. Kelly

    Your haircut looks amazing!! So many of us that are “more mature” in age feel like we need to hold on to the long hair in order to look younger. In reality, a face-framing, layered cut like yours is super flattering and shows off our features more than longer hair styles. Love, love, love this post!!

  3. Lola Seicento

    What a great post! I completely agree! I love a new cut and color, but a good long walk, and a massage have amazing benefits as well!

  4. Phyrra

    I agree, a haircut always helps!

  5. Allison

    Great suggestions! I love your new hair! When you said “Go red”, I thought you meant hair color since that what I did many years ago, but red lipstick will work too 😉

  6. Stacie

    LOVE your new hair!!

  7. Shannon Smyth

    LOL. I used to dye my hair red a long long time ago.

  8. Shannon Smyth

    Thanks Stacie!

  9. Shannon Smyth

    Kelly, you’re right. I wanted long hair to look younger, but instead I was making my face look longer and unflattering. I’m really happy I finally gave it up.

  10. MarciaF

    I love getting my hair trimmed and fresh color. Getting rid of the gray makes me so happy. I guess I should add in a massage some day.

  11. Tiki

    I’m about to get a haircut myself. Nothing like a new do to lift your mood

  12. Norah

    What a fabulous cut! It suits you perfectly and I like the styling that goes with it.

  13. Leelo

    Great tips! And Garnier Olia hair dye is really good and probably one of the best ones I’ve tried so far.

  14. Destany

    I can vouch for the red! It’s my favorite. I’ve got red now.

  15. Bailey

    Your hair looks fan-freaking-tastic! I love it.

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