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Health Tip: Feel Better by Looking Good

-- If you have a long-term illness, improving your appearance can help you feel better, the American Cancer Society says.

The ACS offers the following suggestions for improving the way you look (and feel):

  • Take time to shave, wash and fix your hair or put on a wig or toupee, and put on makeup. Do this if you're at home, even in bed.
  • Get new clothes or tailor your old ones to fit better.
  • If you're able and it's OK with your doctor, treat yourself to a massage, facial, pedicure or manicure.
  • Try to get as much exercise as you can each day. Even a brisk walk, if approved by your doctor, can do wonders toward making you look and feel better.
  • Keep brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and get dental checkups.
  • Be sure to get enough sleep.
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Posted: January 2009