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We would all like to be more confident, but it can be a struggle for some of us. In our heads, we want to be courageous, unafraid of others, and ready and able for any challenge that presents itself. But in reality, we can be anxious, afraid of what others think of us, and fearful of doing something new. When these things become the norm, our self-confidence can plummet further.
To help you boost your self-confidence, here are a few suggestions to try out –
#1: Focus positively on your appearance
First, care about how you look. When I say that, I mean have good hygiene. Get a shower each day, brush your hair, dress nicely, and even wear some makeup. My mom used to tell me some mascara and lipstick can go a long way. By caring for your appearance, you might naturally start to feel more confident in yourself.
Second, deal with any physical issues that are affecting your self-confidence. It might be the state of your teeth, issues with your weight, or the complexion of your skin as examples. The low self-confidence you experience might stem from the picture you have of yourself, or from the assumption that others will think badly of you because of your image. To counter this, do something about your appearance. Visit a dentist for your smile makeovers, consider the changes you might need to make if you want to lose weight, and look for the appropriate skincare products. By taking such steps, you might start to feel more confident if it is your appearance that is derailing your self-esteem.
Third, stop comparing your looks with other people. You are uniquely you and I believe that makes you beautiful. You are a miracle! There is no one else that has ever lived that has been exactly you; even twins don’t have the same numbers of hair on their heads. We are all unique and that includes your amazing unique appearance.
#2: Be with people who lift you up
If you have people in your life who regularly put you down and make fun of you, stop hanging out with them. Admittedly, this might be hard to do if these people are at work or within your family, but you can still try to limit the time you have with them. Alternatively, you could tell them to quit their bad-mouthing or use these other suggestions to deal with the critical people in your life.
Where your friends are concerned, consider ditching those people who make you feel bad about yourself, and find those people who will lift you up instead. Real friends are those people who will encourage and support you, so look for people who could be a friend, and use these communication tips if you need help in approaching them.
#3: Sign off of social media
One of the worst thing for your self-confidence is comparing yourself to others. Social media can wreak havoc on your self-confidence. Most people only post the best parts of their lives so keep that in mind when scrolling through all those beautifully photoshopped photos. Better yet, just turn off social media!
#4: Set goals for yourself
Too often we fail to progress in life because we are afraid of taking the steps needed. Or we don’t progress because we listen to the voices of those people who tell us we won’t make it. But we need to stop caring about what others think, and we need to set goals for things we want to achieve. Life is too short not to, after all.
When you set a goal, go for something that is achievable to you. My husband has a goal to climb giant mountains and has been training for this for a couple years. I have a goal of hiking local trails here in flat areas of Louisiana. Set goals you can reach or want to reach. This will ensure you don’t get discouraged later. When you have achieved that, you might develop the confidence to aim for another goal. You can then work your way up towards achieving those goals that may have seemed insurmountable to you at the beginning. Before you know it, you might have the capacity to achieve all kinds of things in life.
Very few of us have oodles of self-confidence, but we can help ourselves have better self confidence. Consider these suggestions, and remember there has been no one in human history just exactly like you. You are special and are amazingly 1 in 400,000,000,000. WOW!
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