As we age, milestone events come at a faster rate. It can seem like we’re celebrating a “big” birthday sooner than later. We find ourselves commemorating different types of “anniversaries” from love and commitment to work and achievements. In the recent picture above, I’m celebrating my 13th anniversary with my love.
Then, faster than you can find out what “adulting” means, it’s time for the class reunion!
Whether you’re attending a dear friends wedding or planning a once in a lifetime vacation, here are mindful and holistic steps to look and feel your best.
1. “Feel your feelings” about the impending event.
- Do you have any apprehension or anxiety about it?
- What are your worries if any?
- What does the event mean to you?
- Do you have a positive or negative feeling about the event?
Life milestones have a way of bringing to light our deepest worries and fears.
Take note of these different thoughts and feelings. Reason what you can and heal what you are able to. In this way your “feelings” are felt, you address them as best you can, and hopefully you get more freedom, peace, and happiness by dealing with them instead of brushing them off. Ignoring your feelings only leads to regret and unhealed wounds.
2. Mentally prepare for the event.
Create a positive mindset so you can enjoy yourself.
- What do you want to happen at the event?
Get clear, then see it in your mind’s eye, and envision the day as you would hope it would be.
- Who do you want to see?
Freely imagine the interesting conversations and interactions with those people. See yourself having fun with them!
- How do you want to feel?
Visualize yourself in a great mood and stir these feelings within already. Feeling happy before the event will help assure a pleasant evening.
Attitude is everything when you’re trying to have a good time.
3. Plan as best you can.
A clear yet general idea of what you want will be easier to accomplish and relish.
Think of this as “Goldilocks” planning. Not too much, not too little, but just right.
Wisdom tells us that too much planning can be stressful. When we try to control every detail of an event or occasion it almost always leads to headache and frustration. On the other hand, not enough planning can bring about other stresses such as the unease of “not knowing” and disappointment.
To find that middle ground—the “just right” feeling—your expectations of the event have to be more about what you want to “feel” rather than see. With that said, once you’ve gotten the “feeling” you want, you generally like what you see.
4. Get in better physical shape for the event — if you like.
Feeling good about your health and physical appearance is a healthy aspiration. After all, we should care for the temple that houses our soul.
In any case, if you’re motivated to make a few lifestyle changes for an event—go for it. Perhaps you may like the results so much that you will adopt a healthier lifestyle.
If you’re healthy and have no medical conditions that can worsen if you alter your diet, then you may want to do the following to look and feel your best.
- 2 weeks out – cut out all processed food
- 7 days out – cut out all sugar and fruit
- 3 days out – cut out “added” salt and other sodium laden foods
Throughout the 2 weeks eat normally—with healthy-size portions—just remove the processed foods and such from your diet. You can work out as you usually would or increase it by a tad. Don’t overdo your workouts because if you’re not use to doing a lot, you can risk injury.
Depending on the individual, the above meal plan—while eating normal portions—can help a person lose 3-7 pounds in 2 weeks. If you follow this eating plan, you do so at your own risk. Please make smart and loving decisions about your health.
5. Shine like you mean it!
Our outer beauty is best enhanced through our inner work.
The more self-love we possess, the less stressed-out we are, and the more kindness we show — the more beautiful and timeless we become. This is first and foremost. Then, add to that a little self-care and personal attention and you will shine bright like a diamond!
Small things you can do to increase your confidence and good feelings for an event is to wear an outfit that makes you feel amazing, put make-up to accent your features, wear jewelry that makes you feel special, and spray a little perfume to get you in the mood.
Bigger things you can do is to get your hair and nails done. A relaxing massage before an event is nice to calm the nerves and make you feel at ease. A quick exercise session will also relieve tension while increasing your “feel-good” hormones.
The key to dressing for an event is to dress for the occasion, stay true to your personal style, and feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Ideally, your clothes, jewelry, and make-up should enhance how you want to “feel.”
6. Seize the day!
On the day of the event permit yourself to have fun.
Connect. Laugh. Eat and drink to be satisfied and merry.
Most of all, be present and let your inner beauty shine.
Remember, this is just one moment in your lifetime. Take it in.
Flow. Dance. Smile.
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