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Often, we are scared of what society might think of us, so we never try new things. We never dared to see what else we can do. Society has taught us that we have limitations and we must never cross them. We’ve long told others and ourselves that if we’re not enough, we cannot do it. We even planted it in our heads that it is inappropriate to say good things about ourselves out loud. Ridiculous, right?

We have so many social norms to follow that it just feels really damn good to refuse to conform sometimes. So if you also wanna free yourself from all these crappy ‘rules’, then read my list below.

1. Go out without make-up

I know it’s a crime to go out when your brows are not on point, or when your lips are not perfectly pink. But hey, just try doing it at least once and you’ll see how comfortable you can be with your natural self.  Just remember not to overthink. Do not plan it like it’s some mission or something. Just do it and feel great about being able to do so.

2. Let your heart do the thinking

When was the last time you left your heart in charge? Was it when you last got it broken because it believed too much? Whatever may your reason be for not trusting your heart that much anymore, I’m here to tell you not to excessively hold onto it. It’s not healthy and you know it. Greater possibilities can be achieved because you put your heart into it. Let your emotions flow and allow your heart to decide.

3. Cut your hair real short

I know you wanted to sport that uber short bob since forever. Maybe it’s time you finally do it. Ditch the what-if-I’d-hate-it dilemma you’ve had for years. Go to your trusted salon and ask the hairstylist to give you that short hair you never imagined you’d try. I swear it will only look bad if you think it does. Be confident about your new look and people will see how you rock the short-hair-don’t-care department.

4. Sleep naked… or at least half-naked

Hold it. Let me explain. This doesn’t seem so bad. Actually, this point is even scientifically supported. Science says that sleeping naked can help you sleep better, look younger, boost your immune system and trim down your waist. However, I think the most important benefit is that we become comfortable with our own body. We are always clothed and we never get enough time to appreciate our nakedness. When we’re nude, we see our curves, our marks and our flaws. The more you sleep naked, the more you become comfortable. And when you’re comfortable with your body, the less insecure you become.

5. Go out and bring money solely for fare

Go out at least once a month with just enough money to reach your destination and get you back home. This is a pretty scaring yet extremely liberating thing to do. When you go out with just enough money for your ride home, you become stronger at resisting unnecessary purchases. You learn how to live with just enough money to last you through the day, and you become free from its influence in your everyday activities. Just don’t forget to bring a bottle of water and some snacks, we don’t want you to starve yourself.

6. Voice out your opinions

Keeping your opinions to yourself even when you totally disagree about something can deflate your self-esteem. If you know that your thoughts should be heard because they are necessary and helpful, then please do not hesitate. Speak up and stand for what you believe in, because whenever you get to express your opinions, you become braver and bolder.

7. Proclaim that you’re beautiful

Always remind yourself that you are beautiful and that you can do awesome things. I constantly tell myself things like that. People may say otherwise but I still believe that I am. Beauty product ads may say that I am not pretty enough but I insist that I am. It is absolutely liberating to not let our perfectionist society dictate what should be the definition of beauty. It’s very satisfying to regard yourself as beautiful when everybody settles for average because they’re too afraid to be criticized by others. Believe that you’re beautiful and it will show.

 

We can never please everybody, but we can always please ourselves. Do what makes you happy as long as you do not step on somebody else’s rights. Go about life like the free-spirited and liberated person you truly are.

Have fun trying out this list, peeps. Let us know your experiences in the comment section below!

Rozzette Anne Reyes

Rozzette Anne Reyes is a graduate of University of the Assumption with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. You can find her online, sharing funny cat videos or tweeting about her writing progress. You can follow her on Twitter at @noitszette and on Instagram at @roanrey.

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