Self Confidence; very closely connected to your self-esteem is your opinion about yourself and your abilities. It can be high, low, or somewhere in-between. While everyone occasionally has doubts about themselves, low self-esteem can leave you feeling insecure and unmotivated. You might be able to identify a few things that are affecting your opinion of yourself (maybe you’re being bullied, or you might be feeling lonely), or it could be a mystery.
Benefits of Self-Confidence
Having self-confidence can bring many benefits—at home, at work, and within your relationships. Here’s a look at a few of the positive effects self-confidence can have on your life.
- Better performance
- Healthy relationships
- Openness to trying new things
- Ability to bounce back from any life challenges
Let’s focus on building that ability to trust yourself to do things, both old and new. Here are some practical tips to help you feel better about yourself:
Be nice to yourself
That little voice that tells you you’re killin’ it (or not) is way more powerful than you might think. Make an effort to be kind to yourself and, if you do slip up, try to challenge any negative thoughts
Identify triggers/ Release Negativity – To increase the level of positive thinking in your day-to-day life, you first have to recognize what people, places, and things promote negative thinking.
Exercise is a great way to increase motivation, practice setting goals, and build confidence. Breaking a sweat also cues the body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones. It’s all about moving daily. It doesn’t matter which workout and intensity you choose.
Embrace your Imperfections
Always strive to be the best version of yourself, but it’s also important to accept that perfection is an unrealistic goal. Practice self-compassion and self-forgiveness. It’s OK if all your tasks and goals are not done. Replan and execute.
Stop Comparing Yourself
Other people can’t be the standard when it comes to your self-esteem. This is because you’ll always find someone who appears better than you or more capable than you in any arena of life.
Do what makes you happy
If you spend time doing the things you enjoy, you’re more likely to think positively. Try to schedule in a little you-time every day. Whether that’s time spent reading, cooking, or just conking out on the couch for a bit, if it makes you happy, make time for it.
Listen to your body and avoid foods that make you feel irritable or tired. Eating healthy and exercising also can increase positive thinking and help you feel more encouraged about your future. If you spend time with people who care about you, you may find that suddenly it’s easier for you to care for yourself.
Heal your past
Unresolved issues and drama can keep you trapped in low self-esteem. Seek the support of a trained counselor to help you heal the past so you can move onto the future in a confident and self-assured way. Meditation is a great tool to heal your deeper emotional stuff. Come try a class!
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Celebrate the small stuff
You got up on time this morning. Tick. You poached your eggs to perfection. Winning. Celebrating the small victories is a great way to build confidence and start feeling better about yourself.
List your accomplishments
Think about all the things you’ve accomplished, then write them down. Make a list of everything you’ve done that you feel proud of, everything you’ve done well. Review your list when you need a reminder of your ability to get things done and to do them well.
We are all born with infinite potential and equal worth as human beings. That we are anything less is a false belief that we have learned over time. Therefore, with hard work and self-compassion, self-destructive thoughts and beliefs can be unlearned.
Let’s be kind to our ourselves. Let’s tell ourselves ” We are Powerful”.
Love and light