Quarantine gave us time to discover new stuff. As a fan of reality shows I questioned myself: how did I never get in touch with this – until that moment not known – masterpiece which we call Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? I got addicted! From the first episode I knew I was in front of a case of love at first sight. After watching all the seasons of the makeover reality show starring Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness I started to look at myself with more love and affection.
The show had a huge impact on my self esteem, and here’s what I learned from the Fab Five:
1. Self love is a priority
If you don’t take care of yourself, no one is gonna do it for you! Think about what makes you feel good and comfortable with who you are and never forget that your body is your temple. Take care of your skin, make sure you’re attending to regular appointments with your doctor and remember that it’s important to take some time to enjoy yourself and understand your feelings.
2. Allow yourself to be vulnerable
Karamo used to say that it’s ok to have feelings and it’s necessary to show them. We don’t have to be strong all the time. As human beings, we all have our inner struggles, traumas and fears. Allow yourself to feel everything and if you need to cry, please, do it! It is a way to feel relieved and as Kelly Clarkson says: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Remember that after the storm comes the rainbow.
3. Count on people to help you
Family and friends are there to listen to you and to give you any support that’s needed. Try to create the habit of asking for their help – it is a major part of letting people get into our lives through our vulnerabilities. If you feel that is necessary, look for a therapist to talk to you and to give you an outsider vision of your problems. Reach out for a professional is always a nice idea.
4. We’re all beautiful
“You are beautiful no matter what they say, words can’t bring you down”. This is a strong verse of Christina Arguilera’s song! We are all different and this is what makes us unique – even if it sounds so cliche! Pay attention to your qualities and make the most of them: our confidence reflects on our outside beauty. As Jonathan would say: “Honey, you’re gorgeous!”
5. You are worth it
We all deserve to be happy and to feel loved. Once again, count on people who are always there for you to enjoy the delights of the world. Always put yourself as a priority and once you feel good and satisfied about being who you are, the effects on different areas of your life will be as positive as it has ever been.
The article above was edited by Laura Ferrazzano.
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