10 signs you’ve given up on your appearance (and it’s time to make a change)

Has it been one of those days where you just can’t be bothered to get dressed up?

We all have them. No big deal, right?

But what if those days turn into weeks, or even months? What if you start to let your personal appearance slip?

Don’t worry, in this article, we’re going to show you 11 signs that you’ve stopped caring about how you look.

But we won’t stop there.

We’re also going to give you tips on how to turn things around.

So, are you ready? Let’s dive in!

1) You’ve stopped caring about your clothes

Remember the days when you used to love picking outfits and matching your shoes with your bag?

If now you’re finding yourself constantly opting for the same old sweats or yoga pants, it’s a sign you might have given up on your appearance.

It’s okay to want comfort, but if your wardrobe has become a sea of grey and black loose-fitting clothes and you can’t remember the last time you wore something that made you feel good, it might be time to re-evaluate.

The truth is, clothes do much more than just cover our bodies.

They express our personalities and how we’re feeling.

So, take some time to clean out your wardrobe and bring in some pieces that make you feel good about yourself.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, just something that makes you feel confident and happy when you put it on.

2) You’ve stopped following a skincare routine

Think about it…

When was the last time you actually followed a proper skincare routine?

If washing your face with whatever soap is nearby and skipping moisturizer has become the norm, you might be neglecting your appearance more than you realize.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it needs care.

A good skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. I started one a few months ago using a simple skincare brand which is also cost effective – I’ve already seen a huge improvement in my skin. 

And that has positively impacted my self-esteem and confidence. 

Give it a try – you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain! 

3) You’ve stopped grooming your hair

I remember a time when I would wake up and the first thing I’d do was run a comb through my hair after brushing my teeth and washing my face. 

It was just part of my routine.

But then, life got busy and somehow, that comb saw less and less of my hair.

Instead, I’d just throw it up in a messy bun and call it a day.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s another sign you might be neglecting your appearance.

You see, hair care is more than just vanity. It’s about hygiene and feeling good about yourself.

I’ve since realized taking a few extra minutes to brush my hair, maybe even style it a bit, can make a world of difference in how I feel about myself throughout the day. 

4) You’ve stopped exercising regularly

Did you know that regular physical activity can not only help you maintain a healthy weight but can also make your skin look better?

That’s right!

Exercise increases blood flow, which helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital.

If you’ve stopped hitting the gym or even taking a brisk walk around the block, and your couch has become your best friend, it’s time to reconsider.

Don’t think of exercise as something reserved for bodybuilders or budding gym-goers. Anyone can get fit and healthy and quite often, you won’t even need a gym pass to achieve that. I’ve found some excellent workouts on Youtube which I practice at home – it’s more comfortable and less costly! 

So, find a form of exercise you enjoy and make it a part of your regular routine. Trust me, your body (and your mirror) will thank you!

5) You’ve stopped smiling often

One of the most beautiful things you can wear is a smile.

It’s the universal sign of happiness, and it adds a special glow to your appearance that no makeup or outfit can match.

But if you’ve noticed that you’re smiling less often these days, it’s not a good sign. 

Remember, it’s okay to have bad days.

We all do.

But if those bad days are outnumbering the good ones, it might be time to take a step back and figure out what’s going on.

A genuine smile comes from within. It’s an outward reflection of inner joy.

Take care of your mental health, seek help if needed, and find reasons to smile every day. Life’s too short not to. 

6) You’ve stopped making eye contact

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I’ll admit it, there was a time when I avoided mirrors and even shied away from making eye contact with others.

I just didn’t feel good about myself and it showed.

That was until a close friend reminded me that eye contact is not just about confidence, it’s also a way of connecting with others.

Once I started taking better care of myself, my confidence improved and I found myself meeting people’s gazes more easily.

It’s amazing how such a small change can make such a big difference. I started making more connections. I was less afraid of approaching new people. Something as simple as making eye contact changed the way I interact with the outside world, so while it may seem small and insignificant, it’s not to be underestimated. 

7) You’ve stopped caring about personal hygiene

Let’s be real here…

If you’re skipping showers, using dry shampoo for the fifth day in a row, or can’t remember when you last brushed your teeth, we’ve got a problem.

This is a slippery slope and it’s something you need to address ASAP.

Look, we all have lazy days or even weeks.

But personal hygiene is something you can’t afford to compromise on, not just for the sake of your appearance but for your overall health too.

So, get back to basics. Start by taking a nice long shower, brush your teeth, and make these non-negotiable parts of your daily routine.

Trust me, you’ll instantly feel like a new person.

8) You’ve stopped caring about your posture

Did you know that the way you sit or stand can say a lot about how you feel about yourself?

According to a study by Ohio State University, people who sit up straight are more likely to believe positive thoughts about themselves.

So this point is for all the slouchers out there.

Good posture not only makes you look taller and more confident, but it also affects how you feel about yourself.

By practicing good posture, you’re sending a message – to yourself and to others – that you care about your appearance and you’re confident in who you are. 

I will add that if you’ve spent years hunched over, you may find it difficult to correct your posture. This is where going back to point 4 will help you; exercise. 

You need to strengthen the muscles that support your core, shoulders, and back. See it as a double win – by exercising, you’ll feel healthier and look better. 

9) You’ve stopped taking care of your nails

Ladies – I’m not saying you need 5m long acrylics on, but grooming your nails and ensuring they’re smart and clean-looking is a big confidence booster. And men reading this article – you’re not exempt!

Men get manicures all the time. And if that’s not your thing, the very least you should do is keep them trimmed and clean. 

Since I started taking care of my nails again, not only do they look healthier but I also feel more put together.

So, grab that nail file and give your nails some much needed love. 

10) You’ve stopped taking care of your mental health

 If you’re constantly feeling down, struggling with self-esteem issues, or just can’t seem to muster the energy to care about your appearance, it’s time for a reality check.

Neglecting your mental health is a serious matter and it often reflects in how you take care of your physical appearance.

Remember, it’s okay to seek help.

Talk to someone you trust about what you’re going through or consider professional help.

Taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical appearance. In fact, there’s no point in improving the outside if you’re not taking care of the inside. 

And finally…

11) You’ve started avoiding social interactions

If you’re suddenly finding excuses to avoid meeting people, turning down invitations to go out, or just prefer to stay in your comfort zone, it might be because you’ve given up on your appearance.

Social interactions can be a mirror that reflects how we view ourselves.

So, if you’re avoiding them, it might be because you’re uncomfortable with how you look or feel.

Listen, we all have bad days and sometimes we all need a break from socializing.

But if this has become a pattern, it’s time to take action.

Take small steps towards improving your appearance and start accepting those invitations again.

Remember, you are beautiful just the way you are and everyone deserves to feel good about themselves.

So there it is – 11 signs that you might have given up on your appearance.

If any of these resonate with you, know that it’s never too late to make a change.

Start by taking small steps towards self-care and watch as your confidence grows. You’ve got this!

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Ava Sinclair

Ava Sinclair is a former competitive athlete who transitioned into the world of wellness and mindfulness. Her journey through the highs and lows of competitive sports has given her a unique perspective on resilience and mental toughness. Ava’s writing reflects her belief in the power of small, daily habits to create lasting change.

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