When you think of the Miss USA pageant, what comes to mind? Sure, there’s beauty and poise and choreographed dance routines. Yet, behind the makeup, big hair and swimsuits are women who are confident, goal-oriented and socially aware of the world and its problems. See how these traits can help strengthen your relationship with your significant other and yourself.
Strut Your Stuff
How do you enter a room? Do you shuffle quickly across the floor as fast as you can or do you take easy, confident strides? The contestants on the Miss USA pageant take their time as they make their way across the stage. They take their time because they believe in themselves and their abilities. A lack of self-confidence and self-esteem may lead someone to question their beauty or self-worth, snoop in their partner’s wallet or purse or question the actions of their loved one. How you feel about yourself also impacts how others feel about you. To boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, take good care of yourself. Eat right and exercise. Turn off that inner critic and repeat positive affirmations instead.
Dust Off That To-Do List
Relationships take up a lot of our time. While you may think that spending every waking moment together is a great way to keep your relationship strong, it may actually weaken your bond over time. Having hobbies and friends outside of the relationship is a great way to keep your creativity and imagination alive while also bringing in new experiences and topics of conversation into your relationship. Go ahead, pick up that paint brush, tennis racquet or pen. Focus on activities or goals that interest you then spend some quality time with yourself. Falling in love with old hobbies is another way to boost your self-confidence too.
Make An Impact In Your Community
Miss USA contestants are well-known for their humanitarian projects. Volunteering not only benefits the members of your community, it also benefits you. Imagine how great you will feel knowing you’re helping those who are less fortunate. Volunteering also boosts your communication and relationship skills, fights off depression and improves your physical and mental health. Not sure where to start? There are a wide variety of places and organizations to choose from including Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Think about your interests, hobbies or situations in your community you wish would improve. Or visit VolunterMatch.org and search for volunteer opportunities located near you.