The past year (and counting) has been pretty rough. After months of living in loungewear, awkward Zoom calls with friends, and a never-ending pit of Netflix and snacks, it’s understandable if your self-confidence has taken a hit.
Luckily, self-confidence is something you can practice and work on, especially when using these six ways to boost your self-confidence so that you can get back to feeling fabulous.
Every week, try to challenge yourself with something new. When you achieve the goal, celebrate the wins – no matter how small. This will help your brain register ‘proof’ that you’re great.
It might feel cringe at first, but repeating self-assuring affirmations to yourself can help you boost self-confidence in a simple and easy way. Affirmations help you talk back to your inner critic, and the more you repeat them, the more you’ll start to believe them. Check out this list of affirmations to help you to get started.
Take care of your body
If you’re feeling self-conscious about your appearance, find ways to work on it. We don’t mean to listen to your inner critic, but instead to identify what’s making you feel uncomfortable and what small changes you can make to feel good about your body. Going to the gym or walking every day, trying out new make-up techniques, or creating a healthy skin regime are all ways to treat your body to some self-care and boost confidence.
Step out of your comfort zone
When you notice a small lift in your self-confidence, step out of your comfort zone to give it that extra boost. For example, something a lot of people are doing is getting some new outfits or luxurious underwear and then hiring a boudoir photographer to take pictures. This activity will help develop your confidence leaps and bounds. Professional photoshoots are great for proving to yourself that you are beautiful and can do anything, and they’re super fun too.
Work on self-compassion
We all tend to give advice to friends, but not follow it ourselves. It’s time to start practicing self-compassion and treating yourself like you would a friend. Talk out your own issues and give yourself the same advice as if a friend were coming to you for help. To learn how to develop self-compassion, click here.
Anything that makes you feel bad about yourself needs to go. Jobs, partners, friends, and even belongings can be the cause of low self-confidence, and if you can identify what is impacting your self-esteem, you can quickly work to fix this and remove the negativity from your life.
Get all dressed up
For a quick confidence boost, you’ll have to change out of your comfy loungewear, give yourself a quick pamper session, and get all dressed up in your favorite outfit. Take a long soak in the bath, have a face mask, and deep condition your hair. Put on your favorite outfit, do your hair and make-up, and whatever else makes you feel beautiful.
It’s easy to see tips on boosting self-confidence, but it’s harder to actually implement them. Improving your confidence will be a learning curve and a process; don’t worry if it doesn’t come naturally, you’ll be back to feeling good about yourself in no time.