Still, I don’t believe you…
Whether it’s pertaining to appearance or personal success, I like to believe I am not alone. With that in mind, I share with you (Dun dun dun…) 10 things you can do to boost your self confidence!
Maybe you had a long night or you’re just not in the mood but this step is VITAL to feeling good! Take a long relaxing shower; shave and heck even apply some makeup! I do this even if I have nowhere to go, it just makes me feel pretty!
2. Change Your Mental YOU.
No, not like fantasize that you’re Salma Hayek or some other Hollywood Starlet. What I mean is make a mental list of all the things you love about yourself. I like my eyes, my voice and the way my laughter carries through the room (I get it from my mother). It sounds conceited and self absorbed but there is that saying “You need to learn to love yourself before you love another.” I’m partial to it, mainly because I believe we’re always learning to love and sometimes loving another can help the process.
3. Think Positive!
Good things happen, great things are coming to you!!! Always keep in mind that though things may not be going the way you planned, it doesn't mean things are necessarily bad. Take pleasure in learning new lessons when plans do change. Pretty soon, positive thoughts will become second nature.
4. One Good Deed.
One good deed a day will keep the doctor away! Okay, maybe not… But it will make you smile. With this step not only are you improving how YOU feel but how someone else feels. It can be as simple as helping an old man pick out pizza in the freezer aisle (after which you'll explain to your toddler why it’s okay for you to talk to strangers) or as complex as volunteering hours at an organization of your liking. Never underestimate the feel good feelings you get from helping others.
5. Live By Your Principles.
Get to know what makes you tick, what your values are and where your boundaries lay. It’s much easier to feel good about yourself when you’re familiar with what you can handle. It also helps to understand what you are willing to take from others.
6. Take a Long Walk.
Once around the block with a water bottle and plenty of sun block! A little bit of exercise can go a long way. There’s something about being physically healthy that just makes people feel marvelous! Can’t get out? Try some light yoga or meditation. Finding a quiet space to stretch out and clear your mind can truly work wonders!
Everyone has that one task that is always teasing us. Tackle it today!!! You can do it, give yourself a reasonable amount of time until completion and you're good to go. If you are like me and struggle with motivation, set a timer! The feeling you get when you can scratch it off your imaginary to-do list IS nothing short of amazing!
8. Change a Habit.
It doesn’t have to be a big change like quitting smoking (although recommended). For now, start small. That thing you keep saying would really improve functionality, DO IT! It might be list making or marking a calendar to help keep track of bills. The point is it should help your life and household run smoother!
Watched “Annie” lately?
“Your clothes may be Beau Brummelly
They stand out a mile --
You're never fully dressed
Without a smile!”
10. Do Something You Love.
Last but not least, when all else fails and your day’s been less than pleasant or you just don’t feel good. Do something you haven’t done in a long time, like go roller skating, bowling or even find an arcade! Give yourself a day of fun and actually enjoy it.
You can start off with one or two of these small tasks a day, like smiling or performing a good deed. You’ll see that as time progresses some of these may become second nature and then who knows, you might find something new, something entirely you that makes you feel extraordinary. When you do, don’t forget to share it. The world could use more reasons to feel joy and we can all use a boost of self confidence.
Many Kind Regards,
While learning to love yourself is amazing, sometimes you just don't want to love parts of you. Editor-in-Chief, Katie, shows why that's okay, too.