There will be days – possibly weeks or months or even longer – when your appearance might not seem like the most important thing in the world. You’ll have other things to think about and other things to do, and how you look won’t even appear on your list of things to consider, let alone be something you want to spend much time on.
However, although it might not seem that important, the fact is that it’s actually essential to care about how you look. Why? Keep reading to find out, and by the end of this blog, you might be ready to pay more attention to your appearance – for all the right reasons.
Boost Your Confidence
Your appearance is going to be the first thing people notice about you when you see them face to face, and the way you present yourself can have a huge impact on your self-confidence because it directly impacts the way people react to you and treat you. When you take the time to groom yourself, wear clean clothes that makes you look and feel good, and have good personal hygiene, you’re going to feel more confident because you’re going to know people have a good impression of you.
This boost in confidence can have a ripple effect in everything you do, making you more productive at work, happier at home, and perhaps even more likely to take up a hobby or try something new (which is crucial for overall good wellbeing).
In other words, when you feel good about the way you look, the more likely it is you’ll carry yourself with confidence and be able to tackle challenges knowing you can get past them and have a positive outcome. So if there’s anything about your appearance that knocks your confidence, it’s worth considering getting it fixed – you could see a dentist to have your teeth straightened, for example, or you could look into hair restoration procedures if you have thinning hair and it worries you.
First Impressions Matter
Whether we like the idea or not (and many people won’t), the fact is that first impressions really do matter, and they’re going to be based on someone’s appearance – it’s the only thing the other person has to go on. Within just a few seconds of meeting someone, others are going to form all kinds of judgments about personality, trustworthiness, skill level, and more, and although these snap judgments might be completely wrong, it’s a feeling that will be hard to prove wrong after that initial first impression – those things stick in the mind.
Investing time and effort into your appearance sends a definite message to everyone around you that you take care of yourself and that you want them to value you as much as you value yourself. In this way, other people are going to have a much better first impression of you, and that’s going to help you get further, no matter what situation you might be in. Of course, you’ll have to go on to be just as good as that first impression suggests, but at least you’ll have a good basis to work on if you start with caring about how you look.
Again, in business and your career, it’s all about judgments, and although you might wish things were different, when you think about it, you’ve probably judged someone on their appearance – so why shouldn’t other people?
What you wear, how well-groomed you are, and even how fresh you look (and smell!) can all make a difference when you’re trying to boost your career and move forward, so it’s well worth taking the time to look after yourself, whether that’s taking a shower every day, ironing your clothes, or getting a regular haircut, for example.
Every aspect of your working life will be affected by your appearance, from job interviews to client meetings to networking events. Think about it this way; if you interviewed someone who hadn’t bothered to iron their shirt or who had dirty fingernails, what would you think about them? Or if you went to a networking event and someone who needed a shower tried to connect with you, would you trust they could help you with your business? It’s unlikely, so don’t be that person and take some care about your appearance because it could actually open doors for you.
Better Mental Health
Your physical health is likely to be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of getting fit, but although that is important, it’s not the only thing to consider – your mental health is just as important, and if you don’t take care of it, you could end up with depression, anxiety, stress, and more.
So, how does that link to your appearance? Well, just as caring about how you look can boost your confidence, you can also improve your mental wellbeing by taking care of your appearance – when people are stressed, anxious, or depressed, it can show itself when they neglect their own self-care, so making an effort to care for your appearance can help you feel better. It’s the step a lot of people take first when they’re recovering from a mental illness, and it’s a sign that things are improving when you take regular showers, clean your clothes, brush your hair, and so on.
Better Physical Health
We’ve just talked about mental health, and of course, that’s crucial, but it might surprise you to know that taking care of your appearance can make a difference to your physical health as well, so it’s a generally good idea to care about how you look.
When you wash regularly, for example, you’ll get rid of dead skin and look fresher and more youthful, but you’ll also have less chance of any kind of skin ailment or infection. The same is true when you brush your teeth twice a day, every day – your teeth and gums will be healthier, and since gum disease can cause heart problems (due to bacteria), you’re saving yourself a lot of potential problems.
Without your physical health, you wouldn’t be able to do many of the things you currently take for granted, so it’s definitely an important consideration.