Discover six tips for feeling more self-confident! This is a daily practice that can grow as time passes!
Having low self-confidence can be one of the most frustrating things that you have to deal with. It can stop you from chasing your dreams, wearing what you want, and just being able to go about your daily life without any worries. Low self-confidence is some that many people have suffered from, and continue to suffer from during certain periods of their lives, but some things can be done to combat it.
No one is destined to suffer from low self-esteem and confidence for the rest of their lives. You can work towards feeling more confident, until one day you suddenly realize that you do feel confident.
Below are a few things that will help you on your journey to feeling more self-confident:
Give yourself pep talks
It may sound strange to talk to yourself, but there is a great benefit to being able to look at yourself in the mirror and say positive things. At first, it may feel awkward, but the more you do it, the more natural it will feel. If you have a stressful day ahead, it may help if you have a positive affirmation in mind that you can repeat to yourself throughout the day. It can be as simple as ‘I can do this’, or ‘just keep going’, but taking the time to breathe and think positively can help you through difficult moments.
With positivity being important, you need to try and stop yourself from saying negative things to yourself. They are counterproductive and will make you feel worse about yourself. The line should be, if you wouldn’t say it to your friend, don’t say it to yourself.
Work on your body language
Adjusting your body language can be a great way to fake some confidence until you can get there yourself. People who come across as confident carry themselves in a way that makes people assume they’re confident. To come across as one of these people, you need to stand up straight and make eye contact with people. It is challenging to come across as confident or feel confident if you are slouched over and avert people’s gaze. This change in your body language may start off as a way to fake being confident, but after some time, it will contribute to you actually feeling confident.
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to allow you to connect with yourself and the world and learn how to live in the present moment. It is a type of meditation that can be completed regularly, and it only has to take up a short amount of your time. There is lots of information online about how to practice mindfulness, and there are also apps that can help you with the process.
If you don’t want to practice mindfulness, you can still get to know yourself and your thoughts by starting to write a journal. It can help you to work through some of your thoughts and allow you to begin to discover why you feel that way.
Look at your wardrobe
Feeling good in your clothing can contribute to how you feel about yourself. If you wear things that don’t fit right or don’t flatter your body, you aren’t going to feel confident. Investing in items of clothing that you feel good in and that you can go back to again and again is an excellent way to go. For work, you can have several suits or dresses that you can rotate through the week. For celebrations or dinners, you could have a couple of, go to, cocktail dresses. There is no need to have a ton of clothes; you just need clothes that make you feel great when you wear them.
If you don’t know what kind of clothes to buy, you might want to read more about finding your own fashion confidence.
Celebrate your achievements
Celebrating your achievements can be a great way to boost your confidence. Achieving something isn’t a small feat, it takes time, and hard work and you need to recognize that. Set yourself small, achievable goals that allow you to see how much progress you have made. It will give you more opportunity to celebrate your achievements and give you the motivation that you need to keep going.
Be okay with bad days
No one is going to feel confident 100% of the time, and that is okay. Everyone is allowed to have good and bad days. Confidence is a journey, not a one-stop destination, and one bad day is not going to throw you right back to square one. Allow yourself to feel, and then get back to moving and improving when you can.
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