Do you ever look at celebrities who seem to have it all together? Or even your coworker who absolutely kills it with every presentation at work? Or your friend who dances without a care in the world when you’re all out at the bar? Well, there’s a simple secret that all these people have in common: self-confidence. Sometimes, it really is as easy as truly learning how to love yourself and believe in your dreams. But as easy as that concept sounds, it may not always be easy to accomplish.
Finding your own self-confidence can be hard in a world that is constantly putting people down and comparing your journey to others. The stress of your job, social expectations, and other pressures of daily life can take a lot out of you. It’s easy to let doubt creep in and convince you that you aren’t good enough. But it’s time to learn how to combat that negative talk and encourage yourself and your dreams. There are plenty of ways to give your self-confidence a boost. Whether that is finding effective coping mechanisms when you’re having a bad day, retraining your brain to recognize positives rather than negatives, or just finding people, places, and things you can fully enjoy. You have so much love and light inside you to spread to the world. Don’t let them dim your light. Embrace your self-confidence with these simple tricks.
Show off your smile.
Did you know that the act of smiling can actually improve your mood? Taking the time to show off your pearly whites can make you feel happy and excited. You want to be sure you have a smile you’re proud of. Take care of your teeth by going to the dentist regularly or treating yourself to orthodontic treatment. The cost of adult braces doesn’t have to overwhelm your bank account. Get a good idea of how much braces will be and save up. Having a great smile will automatically help you carry yourself better and embrace that self-confidence. Show off your happy, joyful attitude to the world with braces and a great smile, today.
Calm your nerves.
One of the best ways to hinder your own self-confidence is with anxiety and overthinking. Try to stay out of your own way and get that negativity out of your brain. Calm your nerves whenever you can. This looks different for everyone. Maybe you enjoy meditation or your morning yoga practice. Or perhaps you have another hobby you enjoy that helps calm you down. You can even turn to the soothing effects of CBD products. Many individuals find comfort and calm when using CBD edibles like gummies or capsules. Hemp products alone do not cause the psychoactive effect of “getting high” because they lack THC. Instead, CBD will help with relaxation and finding that sense of zen and self-confidence.
Look your best.
While self-confidence usually comes with loving yourself on the inside, updating your outside never hurts. When you look your best and feel fabulous, you start to develop that sense of confidence and higher self-esteem. So while you’re looking for ways to improve your mood and feel great about yourself, consider a bit of a makeover. Do your hair and makeup and put that little black dress on. Take the time to build a wardrobe that makes you feel sexy and fabulous. Whether that’s a great suit, a cocktail dress, or the best pair of jeans you can find. Looking great leads to feeling great, sometimes it really is just that simple.
Get in some exercise.
You may not realize this, but taking care of your physical health can greatly improve your mental health as well. That is why exercising regularly and watching your diet can help improve your self-confidence. Exercising for 20 minutes a day has been shown to increase your serotonin and get your heart pumping. Simply put, the more you exercise, the happier your body will be. Not only that, but you’ll look great as well. Plus, you’ll feel stronger like you can concur anything you put your mind to. So get in a routine of regular exercise, so you can look and feel like the bad-ass you are.
End the comparisons.
One of the reasons you may have low self-confidence is because you look around and think everyone else is doing way better than you are. You compare where you’re at in life or the successes you’ve had to celebrities, people online, or that one over-achiever you went to high school with. One of the keys to finding your own confidence is to stop comparing yourself to others. You are on your own journey. And your timeline doesn’t have to match anyone else’s. Enjoy the moment you’re in instead of wishing you were experiencing another. Remember, the grass is always greener on the other side. Plus, everyone posts online and brags about the good stuff. That’s only half the story. It may look like they have their life together, but that‘s just because they want it to look that way. Don’t compare your struggles to someone else’s moment in the sun. Focus on you and your journey, celebrate your own milestones and successes, and don’t let any comparisons keep you from enjoying your life.
Crush the negativity.
Have you ever uttered any of the following phrases to yourself? “I’m so stupid for doing that.” “Gosh, I’m the worst.” “Come on self, why can’t you just be better?” Now, would you ever say any of those things to someone close to you? Absolutely not, right? Well, then why do you think it’s okay to be that negative to yourself? One of the quickest ways to build your self-confidence is to stop trying to destroy it in the first place. Practice positive self-talk and eliminate negativity from your life as much as possible. Instead of telling yourself that you aren’t good enough or you can’t do something, flip the narrative. Remind yourself that you are worthy of love and success. Stop undermining your own confidence and tell negativity it is no longer welcome in your mind. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your self-confidence will start to soar.
Set a goal and achieve it.
Success is a great motivator and a great way to find extra self-confidence. That is why setting goals and sticking to them is a great first step to loving yourself again. And these goals can be big or small, but try and make sure they’re manageable enough that you’ll definitely be able to check that off your list. Be realistic and confident. Maybe you want to move into a house by next year or open your own business. These can be big goals to work toward. Or it can be something simple, like making your bed every day or cutting out soda for a week. Whatever your goals, once you reach them, take the time to pat yourself on the back and celebrate your success. You deserve it.
The last tip for leading a more self-confident life is to focus on all the beautiful things you have. Take stock of all your blessings and practice gratitude. Whether it’s the special people in your life, your career, or even gratitude for your body, taking the extra time to be thankful for what you have will make you feel whole and complete.