Thursday, February 11, 2021

Take These 7 Steps to Boost Your Confidence and Self-esteem

 Low confidence and self-esteem pose negative effects on all aspects of your life; health-wise, relationships, and work. Lack of self-confidence and esteem instills fear that holds you back from pursuing your dreams and living wholly.

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Boosting your self-esteem and confidence opens you up to a whole new world of opportunities, psychological well-being, and improved relationships. Here’s how you can achieve that:

  1. Accept Yourself and Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

 Comparing yourself to others results in self-doubt and insecurities that translate to low self-esteem and confidence. Comparison comes in many forms; looks, income, and other individual differences.

 Comparing yourself to others results in feelings of envy, and the more you experience them, the worse you feel about yourself.  The first step to boosting self-confidence and esteem is accepting yourself and where you are in life. Focus on your skills, attributes, achievements, and grow from there. Remember you're unique, and so is your race.

                 2.  Take Proper Care of Your Body

Caring for oneself mentally, physically, and emotionally determines how you present yourself, your performance, and your confidence levels. To care for your body, here are some practices that will boost your self-esteem:

Take care of your physical outlook: This is regarding how you present yourself to the world. Wear clothes and shoes that you're comfortable in, and for the right occasions. This way, you eliminate self-doubt in your looks and radiate with confidence. 

Check your health regularly: Poor health can take away from your performance at work, in your relationships, and life in general. It leaves you feeling less confident in yourself. You can prevent this by having mental and physical checkups. Get a diagnosis and prescription for your condition, or take Simply CBD oil.

Exercise and eat right: Fueling your body with a nutritious diet and exercise leaves you feeling energetic, healthy, and strong, which results in good feelings about yourself. It also contributes to healthy sleep hygiene that results in better performance and positive traits.

                 3.  Be Compassionate to Yourself

Life is full of challenges, and this requires that you practice more compassion with yourself. When you make mistakes, experience setbacks, or fail in any aspect of life, remember to treat yourself kindly. Nothing exists without imperfections, and once you realize you can do better, it boosts your self-esteem and confidence. Be your first friend and cut yourself some slack. In the end, everything will fall into place. 

                4.  Focus on Making Change Where you can

To be the best version of yourself and boost your self-esteem, you must embrace change. Establish those areas in your life that make you unhappy and work towards changing them. Read self-help books or seek professional help where necessary. 

Write down areas in your life that need change and segment them; those you can and can’t control. For things that you can’t change, learn how to accept and live with them. 

                5.  Engage in Activities that make you Happy

Spend time engaging in activities that make you happy. After work, practice your hobby, meditate, take a class in an area of your interest, go out, or watch a movie. Ensure that you have time for fun activities daily to boost positive thoughts and ultimately, your confidence. Be responsible in your ways of having fun to ensure you protect your reputation, especially around workmates. 

                6.  Set Goals and Celebrate Wins

Life can be stressful when you’re feeling stuck, resulting in low self-esteem. Set measurable goals that you can achieve daily to help you see that you're making progress. Goals don't always have to be financial; you can set goals to clean up, visit a friend, or go shopping. Have long-term goals as well, and ensure that your short-term goals contribute to their achievement.

When you achieve all your goals for the day, no matter how small they are, celebrate. Reward yourself and note it down on your gratitude journal. This way, you have more confidence in yourself to do more because you have the motivation. 

                7.  Be Helpful 

Make a point of being helpful to those around you. It could be at work, in the parking lot, mall, or at home. When you find someone experiencing challenges and you have the ability and will to help, do so. You will find that making someone’s day better will leave you feeling good and confident about yourself. 

                8.  Bottom Line

To achieve what you want in life, you need to have self-esteem and be confident. They impact our health, relationships, and performance at work. Embrace every opportunity and live happily without fear and self-doubt by boosting your self-esteem and confidence.

Watch your health, set goals, celebrate wins, and make the changes that you can. Be helpful to others, engage in activities that make you happy, practice being compassionate with yourself, and avoid comparison to others.

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