13 Ways to Feel More Confident

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Even the most successful, charismatic people have their moments of self-doubt. Although, for some of us, those feelings are a little harder to overcome. Whether you need a quick boost in a social situation or you’re looking for easy daily exercises to improve your overall self-confidence, here’s a few simple tips for feeling more confident.

1. Volunteer

Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Consider helping out at an animal shelter, a tutoring club, or a local hospital. If you don’t have time to volunteer, make a donation instead. It doesn’t have to be money – clothes, makeup and appliances go a long way too.

2. Do a good deed

Random acts of kindness make the world a better place. Send a thank you card, bake some brownies for your co-workers, or compliment someone you usually don’t talk to. Even the smallest of deeds can have a huge impact on your mood.

3. Dress for success

Clothing can have significant impact on self-confidence. People who dress for success actually think of themselves as more successful. You’ll feel successful and presentable and ready to tackle the world. Dressing nicely means something different for everyone so it doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a $500 outfit. Heels and a red lipstick do the trick for me.

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4. Empower yourself with knowledge

The more you know, the more powerful you can become. Personal achievement and valuable skills perpetuate self-confidence, so learning something new will help nurture positive feelings about yourself.  Take a class, learn a new language, a new skill… the more you know, the more you have to talk about.

5. Exercise

Self explanatory, and I’ve mentioned it before, but just 30 minutes of exercise three times a week is enough to have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Setting fitness goals for yourself and meeting those challenges will also help boost self-confidence.

6. Stand tall

Slouching comes across as sheepish and unhealthy, whereas good posture displays a sense of confidence, regardless if you’re faking it or not. Sitting with good posture keeps your self-esteem and mood lifted. Experts recommend opening up your chest and keeping your head level to look—and feel—assured and poised.

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7. Eat right

Ensuring your diet comprises of nutritious foods with vitamins, minerals and good fats is the best way to help you boost your mood and feel more confident in yourself. Foods rich in Vitamin D, B and selenium have shown links to a better mood.

8. Assume people like you

A major symptom of low self-confidence is worrying too much about what others think and assuming that people focus on your flaws.  This negative thinking can only lead to bad emotions and set you up for failure. Make a conscious choice to think positively about yourself whilst in social situations.

9. Organise

Start with organising one small thing per week such as cleaning out for bag, booking in appointments or rearranging your desk. Taking charge of little things can have a big impact of how in control you feel.

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10. End procrastination
Tackle something that’s been sitting on your to-do list. When you feel like you’ve wasted your time on nothing, chances are you’re not going to feel great about yourself.

11. Unplug
For some people, social media tends to feed an unhealthy need for comparison. Take the time to unplug from technology and social media accounts everyday, especially before bed and when you wake up. Focus on building better relationships with the people around you.

12. Generate gratitude
Studies have proven keeping a gratitude journal has a range of impressive benefits, including happiness, better self-esteem and more confidence. Recently I’ve been loving Get Gratitude, a gratitude journal app! It encourages you to write down 5 things you’re grateful for each day.

13. Accept compliments
…and compliment yourself! Recognise your own achievements and celebrate them.

 

What’s your best tip for feeling confident?

  • Totally agree! I think another thing that really does wonders for your confidence is going out somewhere on your own, like to a restaurant or a bar. It’s always really hard to will yourself to go out on your own but the response is usually great and it’s a huge confidence boost, particularly having the knowledge that you can just do things on your own if you want!

    • I love that tip, Rashina! Couldn’t agree more. It would feel so self-empowering! x

  • Wonderful post. I couldn’t agree more!

    Love,
    Hannie Arden from Missing Wanderer.

    • Thank you Hannie! So glad you think so :) x

  • I love these tips! And I hope to use more of them during this phase of my life. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Tracy Thomas

    These are great tips! I wish my nieces would read these! I think they both could use some self esteem improvement…

  • Laura Mareno

    Omg this post was so inspiring!! And so true! kisses:D

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  • Dara

    I love this post. People think I am way more confident than is necessarily the case because I stand straight and walk tall. Love ideas like doing good deeds and ending procrastination xx https://champagneinateacup.wordpress.com/

  • Definitely agree with unplugging! Social media always effects my self-esteem! I also volunteer to and it does great things for my self-esteem! x

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  • This is such a great post! I love that you included simple things like “stand tall” or “accept compliments”

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  • Trang Do

    Great post! Love these tips!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • I love the tip about assuming people like you! It’s very true and extremely helpful!

    xo Anisha | http://empoweredinternetwomen.blogspot.com.au/

  • These are such great and easy tips. I find that ending procrastination, eating right, wearing a bold lip colour and organising really helps on the days when I feel just blegh. Love it. Thanks for these tips!
    Love,

    http://wine-and-curls.blogspot.com

  • Practice your small talk skills with people who have to be nice to you, a waitress or a checker at the grocery store-it’s a confidence booster :)

  • You nailed it! Every single one of these are spot on! Xo, Stephanie

  • Beautiful list. I should remind myself these.