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.
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.
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.
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.
The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them
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.
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.
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.
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?