Feeling down is natural occasionally, but if you’re constantly feeling blue about yourself, you may want to try some of these tips to boost your self-confidence. Self-confidence is not only important for success, but also a very attractive quality to friends and the opposite sex. Self-confidence can help you in your professional life as well as your personal one. To be self-confident, you don’t have to be conceited. Confidence is a presence you present. It shows through you being kind, direct, calm and in control. It shows you are capable without being cocky. Women need a little extra self-confidence in today’s society, which has taught us you aren’t worth anything unless you look like a model, weigh 100 pounds and have a celebrity wardrobe. I’ve got good news: you don’t need any of those things to have a great self-image or a great life. Those things don't make you important, beautiful or better than others. They also don't automatically give you happiness. Read my tricks to boost your self-confidence the right way and you’ll not only feel happier, but look it too!
Did you know smiling is one of the best ways to boost your self-confidence? Just the act of it constitutes serotonin production in the brain, which makes you happy. We are all more confident when we are happy! Smiling also shows your true self without constraints. When you genuinely smile, it helps you not only appear confident, but feel it too. Smiling is one of the most attractive qualities you can possess, so start grinning and get confident!
2. Wear Your Favorite Color
My favorite color is –wait for it- the boring, but bold, black. I love wearing black and instantly feel more like myself, more together and more sophisticated. Maybe your color is blue or red or pink. Whatever it is, wear it and you’ll naturally feel more confident.
3. Dress Comfortably
No one feels confident when they are dressed uncomfortably. Don’t wear pants or skirts or blouses that are too tight or too loose. No one cares what size you are except you, and wouldn’t you rather feel comfortable and look better than fit in a certain size or wear clothes that make you feel frumpy? I know I would!
4. Eat Beauty Foods
When we eat a healthy diet, our skin looks better, and we all know we feel better about ourselves when our skin looks great. To look pretty, eat pretty. No make-up needed! Just fill your plate with fruits, veggies, lots of leafy greens, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Don’t load up on the sugars, refined stuff, or the processed stuff. You’ll not only feel better but look better too!
5. Speak Your Mind
Sometimes when you don’t feel confident about yourself, it’s hard to voice your opinion, take up for yourself, or give your input in a conversation, but you should! Speaking your mind is a great way to boost your self confidence. You’ll feel better just by speaking what you feel, even if no one agrees. If everyone else is allowed to give their input, why shouldn’t you be?
6. Write It out
Writing out your feelings, goals, or struggles can be a major self confidence booster. For starters, it allows you to tangibly tap into your head, which can be a messy place sometimes! Not writing things out can result in stress, confusion, and the inability to make decisions. Write it out! You’ll feel better, more in control of the situation and yourself, and also get a little perspective about the direction you may want to go.
7. Find Good Friends
If your friends put you down, make you feel bad about yourself, or generally are just rude, they may be hurting your self confidence, and not helping it. You need to be around people that support you for you. The right friends might be just around the corner, but you’ll never find them if you’re constantly around the old ones who hurt you instead of support you. Good friends can make us feel more self-confident by boosting our self-esteem, encouraging us, and being there for us. They also make us laugh, which is important for self-confidence.
8. Find a Hobby
Maybe you have a hobby or talent you really enjoy, but you aren’t actively pursuing it. You need to be! Indulging in something that interests you is what makes you tick. It engages you, lifts your spirit, and gives you confidence. Even if no one else enjoys it, approves of it, or does it, actively pursue a talent or hobby you have. Think you don’t have one? Nonsense! We all do. If you could spend time doing something that you enjoyed that wasn’t work-related or that you just really find interesting, what would it be? This may be a great place to start to find your hobby. Mine are writing, cooking or recipe development, reading and learning. Find yours and get confident!
Aside from your weight, exercise is such an important activity! It sends endorphins flying throughout your body, which not only make you happy, but also make you confident! When you take care of your body, you’ll automatically feel more confident. Just taking a 30 minute walk or doing a little yoga can help. It’s a great remedy to ground you and remind you of what you’re capable of. It's also great for your health and it helps focus your bad energy or self-image in a more positive direction.
10. Give to Others
One of the best ways to make yourself more confident is to genuinely help other people with the right heart and attitude. You won’t even realize it makes you more confident, but it does. Deep within all of us is the ability and need to help others. Find this part of yourself and become happier, more confident, and more engaged in the world around you. You don’t have to do some huge massive act either. Even small ones in your everyday life can matter. Get creative and start giving. This can mean simply leaving kind notes, baking someone something, buying someone lunch, or even just giving your undivided attention to a friend in need.
Self-confidence is easy to achieve when we do these 10 easy little tasks. What are your favorite ways to boost self-confidence? Share them with me!