Hey, self-confidence called. It said you’ve been neglecting it lately, and to be fair, so have most people.
The world we live in does a lot to feed insecurity and starve confidence. The constant comparison on social media and the unattainable standards set by the media, doesn’t allow for much reflection, self-care or affirmation.
Although it’s hard to be completely insecurity free, it definitely is possible to work toward reducing those insecurities until they don’t play a significant role in your life. Just remember, no one was born with great self-confidence. It’s something you spend time and energy on to build up.
We want you to realize how incredible you really are, so we’ve found a few great things you can do to ditch your insecurities and boost your self-confidence.
- Make a list. Check it twice.
Start off by making a list for yourself. Grab a notebook, a pen and take time to write down all of the things you believe are your most positive traits; the things you really like about yourself. Once you’re comfortable with your list of positives, take a breath and write down some of the things you’re insecure about. Ask yourself if that’s the way you truly feel about yourself, or if someone else has made you feel that way. Chances are it’s the latter, and if so – they’re not yours to own. Let go.
- Visualize yourself as you want to feel
The art of visualization is the practice of conjuring up an image of yourself that you are proud of, of the you who feels the way you want to feel, in your own mind. This works because when we suffer from insecurity and low confidence levels, we have an inaccurately negative perception of ourselves. Visualization of your best self allows you to achieve it sooner.
- The art of affirmation
An affirmation is something we tell ourself repeatedly to make it stick. Affirmations are well-researched techniques of self-improvement because of their ability to reconstruct our brains. Just like exercise, they boost our happy hormones and encourage our minds to create new clusters of “positive thought” neurons. By thinking and speaking about what you want to achieve, you can predict and control your own future. So go on, don’t be afraid to speak up to yourself.
- Invest in self-care
There’s nothing selfish about self-care. In fact, it’s the only way to be the best version of yourself for others. Your self-confidence is reliant on a mix of physical, emotional, and social health. It’s hard to feel great about yourself on the inside if you constantly feel tired or sluggish on the outside. Self care is not negotiable – it’s a necessity, so make time for it. Exercise, eat well and sleep well. Take time to do things that make you feel good. It will all pay off.
- Step outside your comfort zone
The best way to overcome fear is to face it head-on. By stepping outside your bubble of comfort, you’ll experience new things, expand your horizons and gain more confidence from each experience. By facing your insecurities head-on, you’ll realize they’re not so scary after all – and that you’re more than capable of tackling them. So remember, self-confidence is like a brick house – it takes a bit of time and energy to build up, but once it’s solid, it can survive even the harshest blows. So start practising these habits and soon enough you’ll have your own house of confidence.