5 Tips for More Confidence Everyday
Treat yourself as you would a friend
The old saying goes, “treat others as you would like to be treated,” but have you ever considered if it works the other way round? Would you ever berate your friend like you do yourself? Don’t think so! Have compassion for yourself. If ever a negative thought pops into your head, imagine yourself saying it to a friend or a family member. If you wouldn’t say it to them, don’t say it to yourself. Self-respect goes a long way.
That old chestnut. We all know the physical benefits of exercise but did you know its relationship with how you feel about yourself?
“Working out releases endorphins, your body’s natural happy drug that washes your mind with a sense of self-accomplishment and contentment,” says fitness expert Chris Freytag. “Plus, every time you work out, you gain personal triumph over laziness and procrastination, which makes you feel proud.”
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Correct posture exudes confidence to others, and to ourselves.
“Harvard psychologist, Amy Cuddy, recently completed a study demonstrating that positioning our bodies a certain way doesn’t just tell people we’re powerful, it actually makes us more powerful. Standing tall directly influences our biochemistry, increasing testosterone, decreasing cortisol, and generally making us feel dominant.”
Okay, so maybe there is a big event coming up and you’re feeling uneasy about it. Mind over matter is more effective than you think. Just thinking about achieving your goal can help you get there and there’s science to prove it.
A study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting. In some cases, research has revealed that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone.”
Self-Care isn’t Selfish
Taking time for yourself is essential. I’m looking at you mamas! It’s time to take a moment to relax and unwind. Not only that, try figure out what YOU want in life.
Austin Fitness says, “people who are caregivers are consistently focusing their attention on others tend to have lower self-confidence since they spend very little time working on personal achievements or their own physical and mental well-being.”
It doesn’t have to be a weekend at the spa. If you’re super pressed for time lock yourself in a room (pantry if you must), pop in some headphones and listen to your favourite album. A moment to yourself can do wonders to your day. These confidence boosters won’t just make you feel better, you’ll be better to those around you. Promise.