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We recently caught up with lifestyle expert Lady Emmy to talk about how women can improve their self-esteem and relationships. If you or your relationship is in trouble, these tips could help to get you back on track.

What tips to do you have for women who are looking to improve their self-esteem?

It takes a serious commitment to change the way you see yourself. There are no quick fixes. However, there are a few things that you can do to help you to begin the process.

1. Spend some time really getting to know yourself and evaluating your life. Ask yourself: What’s my purpose? Am I willing to explore and develop my gifts and talents? What’s really important to me? What do I love to do? What do I really want? Then you must be willing to make whatever changes may be necessary to move in the direction of all those things. When you have peace within yourself and you’re fulfilling your purpose it creates a confidence and an inner beauty that comes through in your outer beauty.

2. Make sure the people that you have in your life are people who encourage and value you. The people in your life and their voices have a great influence on you, so make sure they’re good for your overall well being. You need people in your life that can encourage you in your lowest moments and celebrate you in your highest moments.

3. Take the time to really take care of yourself physically. How you feel about yourself often effects your eating and sleeping

habits as well as whether or not you will take the time exercise. All those things affect your health and contribute to your inner and outer beauty. Eating healthier, exercising, and getting enough rest will all make you both feel and look better.

4. Compare yourself only to yourself. Make sure that you don’t spend more time focusing on who you’re not and what you don’t have than you spend working on who you are and what you do have. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others. Spend your time focused on improving yourself and your own life. Each day try to be a better you than the day before. Not only will you improve your self-esteem but it will also help to keep you driven.

When a women’s relationship is at a standstill, should you let go or reignite the flame? How do determine which and what do you do once decided?

Ask yourself some questions! Based on your honest answers, you should either let go or put in the work necessary to keep it moving forward. You don’t want to waste your time and energy on something that’s less than what you deserve.

Is it a healthy relationship?

Is he a healthy, whole person?

Does he add to or only take from your life?

Does he appreciate who you are and what you do for him?

Are his actions selfish or considerate?

Is this both a person and a relationship that you can be proud of?

Does he respect you?

Is the influence that you both have on each other positive?

Lady Emmy also dished on her top 3 must-have beauty products for African-American women this summer! So, head over to our sister site HelloBeautiful!

You can catch Lady Emmy this summer at the HBA Global Beauty Expo in New York City (June 28-30), the Image Expo in Houston (July 10-11) or the Black Women’s expo in Chicago (August 6-7).

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