If you are like most people, the chances are good that you experience moments of self-doubt, anxiety, or general unhappiness from time to time. Feelings of shortcomings can get triggered by any number of reasons. Negative issues associated with self-image, romantic relationships, family relationships, intimacy, career, and other social situations can put unnecessary obstructions in your life journey.
That is the bad news. The good news is that you have the power to change these thoughts into something more positive and powerful to boost your confidence, your productivity, and your sureness. Not surprisingly, when you feel good about yourself, your determination can’t help but show through.
Read these seven awesome ways to boost your self-confidence.
Organize and Declutter – It is no secret that your physical surroundings can profoundly impact feelings of self-worth. Clutter causes stress and other emotions such as anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and nervous tension. (In extreme cases, such as hoarding, the accumulation of objects and possessions can pose serious health or safety issues.) Cleaning and decluttering your life of items that are no longer of use to you is rejuvenating. Not sure what to do with these possessions? Consider donating gently used goods to the needy or selling them at a garage sale or on an online shopping platform. Letting go is a great feeling, and your psyche will thank you!
Volunteer – Sometimes we get so caught up in the situations in our own lives that seeing the world through different eyes gives more perspective. By volunteering, you are helping others, which is always rewarding and is helping to boost your confidence. You get the opportunity to meet new people, work on exciting projects, and add more depth and meaning to your life, all of which are effective ways to boost your confidence. Moreover, don’t forget the good karma that comes with being someone who is happy to help and serve others.
Improve Your Diet – Do you remember the old saying ‘you are what you eat?’ Take a moment to think about the last three meals or snacks you consumed. Did these foods or snacks provide much nutritional value? After eating, did you still feel hungry? Did you have guilty feelings when you finished? Do you know how many calories you consumed? In modern day, consumers have more food choices available than ever before – including ones that aren’t so healthy. A better diet helps your body and mind by providing the critical vitamins and minerals needed to function optimally. Even if you aren’t ready to do a complete a 180 and overhaul your entire diet, simple changes such as replacing sugary sodas with water, choosing a salad over french fries as a side dish, and limiting or eliminating the consumption of high-fat foods can make a significant difference in the way you feel. Also, don’t forget to eat lots of fruits and vegetables!
Get Active – One of the best ways to boost your confidence is to get out there and move your body. Exercise helps the body release endorphins, or ‘feel good’ hormones that raise your mood. If you need extra motivation, ask a friend to join you. By doing so, you help keep each other motivated and accountable to follow through on your exercise plan.
Keep a Journal – Writing is a terrific way to express yourself and boost your confidence. You can use your journal to explore situations and events that helped you form negative opinions and sensitivity surrounding your ego. By addressing these issues, you can take steps to boost self-confidence.
Try Something New – Boost self confidence by trying something new! Is there a class you’ve always wanted to take? A hobby or sport you’ve been thinking about starting? If so, now is a perfect time to join that bowling or dart league, a book club, or start growing a healthy garden.
Stop Negative Self Talk – It’s common for many people to be their own worst enemy and biggest critic. The next time you catch yourself talking down or being overly critical of yourself, stop this negative talk in its tracks. By replacing these adverse thoughts with positive comments instead, you will quickly find out that you can do anything you set your mind to it. Additionally, it stops you from quitting, which is the ultimate form of self-defeat.
The biggest thing to remember is that you are worthy! As long as you are alive to fight for another day, your book is not yet writ. You have the power to change your life for the better if you are willing to rise to the challenge. When little changes get made consistently, measurable results always follow.