Being self-confident is the way to be: it can help you attain things that yesterday were out of reach and to stand up for yourself. Self-confidence can arise from many things, and it is totally up to you to decide how to make it happen. Still, there are some sure ways that can help you become more self-assured especially if you’re in a position that requires you to speak up and/or fight for things that you deserve.
So for that reason, here are some, less expected ways that will help you boost your self-confidence.
1. First, try therapy
This might seem like the complete opposite of unexpected, but the truth is, therapy can help you dive deep down and actually figure out anything that might be wrong with you. A skilled and kind therapist should always be able to help you without pressing all the wrong buttons, so if self-help books don’t help, don’t hesitate to look up for a good therapist who will talk to you in a kind and thoughtful manner. But, if you’re looking for a quick fix that will suddenly make you go from timid to super self-confident, then therapy isn’t the right thing for you, as it requires you to dedicate some time to learn about yourself which will also help you become more self-assured.
2. Surround yourself with people who wish you well
Sometimes, family members can be toxic, and there are very few things that you can do about this. Same goes for friends, and even though cutting those people out of your life might seem tempting, it is not always the best thing to do. Instead, try to surround yourself with people who wish you well and truly want you to succeed. They can be your co-workers, your significant other, or friends that you trust. Being with people who are supportive and caring can do wonders for your self-confidence, especially if you’re planning to start new projects or change your life in such way that requires you to step out of your comfort zone and become more assertive.
3. Eliminate your insecurities by taking care of yourself
Having a slightly larger nose or thinner lips doesn’t mean that you have to spend the rest of your life feeling insecure because nowadays there are so many treatments that can help you look good and feel better in your own skin. So whether you’re feeling bad because of your uneven skin tone or a wide hips, it’s essential to remember that these things are only one part of you and that the best way to feel great is to start taking better care of yourself. For example, if you’ve been dealing with scalp issues, then you can start using natural and organic anti-dandruff shampoo since it is very likely that it will help you boost self-confidence and repair your hair and scalp.
Additionally, establishing a regular skincare routine will improve your complexion, especially if you’re dealing with acne, comedones and dry skin on a regular basis. And finally, being consistent with your self-care routine will make you feel less fixated on your insignificant flaws.
4. Be more physically active
Looking up to social media fitness influencers might be a good place to start, but if you’re prone to self-criticism, maybe it’s better to go to a gym near you and ask someone for some one-on-one classes instead. Or you can simply ask your friend to go to the gym together because exercising with someone else is always more fun. Additionally, you can always go for a run or do yoga at home, just make sure to be physically active on a regular basis, as that is a great way to tone your muscles and feel more confident next time you look yourself in a mirror.
5. Consume uplifting content
Staying in the loop is fine, but if you constantly read disturbing news or watch violent movies, then chances are that it will also affect your mood in a pretty bad way. Similarly, listening to depressing music, especially on an already bad day won’t do much for your self-esteem and mood. Therefore, consuming more uplifting content about random acts of kindness and other positive things will restore your faith in humanity and maybe inspire you to do similar things to other people. Also, if you start being more caring and nice to others, that will definitely improve your self-confidence in the long run.
Self-esteem isn’t always easy to attain, so don’t expect magic overnight solutions, instead, take your time to learn about yourself and while you’re there, always strive to be better than you were yesterday because that will definitely motivate you to work hard and feel great about your own accomplishments.
About the author:
Sophia Smith is a beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, a graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about lifestyle-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including Cause Artist, Mother Earth Living, Bon Vita Style, Sivana Spirit, Life Goals Mag, and Carousel and Just Haves.
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