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Tips to boost your self confidence

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Most people could do with a bit of a self-confidence boost. Even those who appear confident on the outside will have niggles about themselves and aspects of their personality or body that they’d rather be more secure about.

Self-confident people focus on the positives they have to offer and are convinced they have the ability to achieve what they put their minds to. If you are in need of a boost in self-confidence, there are ways you can make it happen. Here are a few tips:

Make plans

One of the most effective ways to come across as being confident is to plan ahead. Visualise tasks or social encounters ahead of time and think about what you want the end result to be. Then plan how you’re going to make that happen. The Scouts’ mantra of ‘be prepared’ can be really useful in boosting confidence. The better prepared you are for an event, the more confident you’ll feel about it.

Get out of your comfort zone

Whether it’s in a work or social setting, leaving your comfort zone every so often can do wonders for self-confidence. Ask for new challenging tasks at work or attend a party where you may not know many people. Taking on a challenge expands your limitations and shows you exactly what you can be capable of.

Exercise

There’s a reason that physical exercise seems to come up as a solution to most psychological problems and that’s because it genuinely works. In the case of building self-esteem, regular exercise improves posture, raises energy levels and releases feel-good chemicals into the brain. On top of that, by getting fit you’ll look and feel better, which is a confidence booster in itself.

Supportive relationships

Tips to boost your self confidenceIf your friends and family spend much of their time criticising you then it’s time to take a break from them. How can you ever believe in yourself when others bring you down all the time? From parenting decisions to workplace politics, people close to you will have an opinion on almost everything. Surround yourself with positive people who will support you and you’ll find your self-confidence soar.

Think positively

We all have things about ourselves that we’d like to improve but boosting self-esteem begins with finding the positives. Write a list of all the good things about yourself – you may be a great friend, have a talent for cooking, be hilariously witty or have perfectly shaped fingernails. If you struggle to come up with many on your own get your partner or a close friend to tell you what they think. Whatever your strong points are, write them down and refer back to them when you’re in need of some extra encouragement.

Look fabulous

Take time to do your hair and make up and dress in clothes you always feel fabulous in. A sense of style and a willingness to put some effort into your appearance gives others the impression that you are confident in who you are. It also makes you feel better about yourself, which in turn makes you seem even more self-assured.

Fake it

Self-confidence can be learned but it does take time. In the meantime, fake it. If you can convince other people to have confidence in you then you’ll begin to believe in yourself. Even if you’re really nervous, try not to let it show and act as if you’ve got things covered. You might be amazed at the results.

 

 

 

 

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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