Treat Yourself

04.27.13

Look Good, Feel Good

A feminist’s tricks for boosting self-esteem.

Sexy Feminist has put together a handy set of guidelines to follow Audre Lorde’s maxim that “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” It’s mainly simple, “Oprah Remembering Your Spirit-ish” advice, but that doesn’t mean it’s not useful—and in some cases, mandatory. For instance, make sure you regularly set aside some “me time” to recharge and indulge. Put yourself outside your comfort zone (because, as we learned on Girls, that’s where the magic happens). Stop drooling over fashion magazines (they’ll only exacerbate any negative feelings you may have about your body). Perhaps the most practical tidbit: “Wear only stuff that makes you feel good. You know that top that every time you take it out, you’re like, Ugh, why did I buy this? Donate it to a thrift store. It will fit someone else better and then they can feel how you wish you always did in it.”