Confidence is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. I have never considered myself to be a confident person, but it is something I am actively trying to change.
While my self-confidence has definitely improved a lot over the years, I could still stand to believe in myself a bit more. I think naturally as we get older we start to care less about what others think of us and in turn become more confident in ourselves. It’s not always easy though, so today I’ve compiled a list of 8 ways to be more confident for those days when you need a little extra help!
Fix Your Posture
Standing up straighter is so simple, but it’s amazing what it can do for your confidence. This is definitely a quick-fix with fast results. When I sit or stand taller I immediately feel better about myself and it is a total mood-booster.
Put on an upbeat playlist
Music has the power to completely change my mood. Listening to an upbeat playlist puts me in a good mood, which makes me feel more confident.
Put on your favourite fragrance
For me, wearing a fragrance I love makes me feel more put together. I tend to opt for a bolder, more sophisticated fragrance when I need a little confidence boost.
Hit the gym
As challenging as it can be most days to get myself to the gym, I always feel accomplished after a workout. For me, my weight is a key factor in why I feel self-conscious so while I don’t leave the gym looking like a 10, I feel more confident knowing I’m that much closer to my goals. Also, exercise releases endorphins, which put you in a good mood; and I’m much more likely to feel confident when I’m in a good mood.
Give yourself a pep talk
It sounds cheesy, but thinking positively is going to help build your confidence. If you think positive thoughts instead of tearing yourself down all the time, it’s going to do wonders for how you feel about yourself. You are worthy of all the good that comes your way and you can handle all of the curve-balls life throws at you. Remind yourself of that from time to time.
Mentally list 3 things you like about yourself
When you’re feeling self-conscious about something, mentally make a list of 3 things you like about yourself. If you don’t feel attractive on a particular day for example, try coming up with 3 physical attributes you do like. If you aren’t feeling confident at work, come up with 3 qualities that make you a valuable part of the team. You’re not going to feel confident 100% of the time, but shifting your thoughts to more positive ones is going to make you feel so much better.
Make an effort in your appearance
It sounds kind of shallow, but if you take a bit more care with your appearance you are going to feel better about yourself. You don’t have to go out and get a whole new wardrobe or spend a ton of time getting ready in the morning to feel good about yourself. Sometimes just wearing your favourite outfit or throwing on some lip gloss can instantly boost your mood and make you feel more put together.
Compare yourself to others less
In the age of social media it’s hard to not be comparing us at our worst to everyone else at their best. It’s important to remind yourself that you’re only seeing what others want you to see and it isn’t always an accurate representation of their life. While it’s impossible to stop comparing yourself to others, really try and limit it. I’m sure there are tons of people who look at your Instagram feed wishing their life was as good as yours. It’s important not to fixate on what others are doing too much and instead focus on your own life. It’s going to make you feel happier and more confident not to worry about what everyone else has or does.
What are some of your tips for boosting your confidence?