If you have ever struggled with your self-esteem, then you’re not alone. At some point in their lives, everyone has had problems feeling confident, whether it’s over who they are, how they look, or how well they are at doing something. Whatever is making you feel insecure or lose faith in yourself, there are plenty of ways you can make yourself feel better and remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have to offer to this world.
Here are the eight best ways to enhance your self-confidence:
- Look up
While it’s easy to say that looks don’t matter, they actually do matter in one way: boosting your self-confidence. Grooming yourself with a nice, long shower and a good old shave, and then dressing up in one of your favorite outfits, can instantly lift your mood and make you feel better about yourself. How you look is how you feel, so cleaning up and wearing some of your best clothes also means looking presentable, successful, and ready to tackle anything.
However, this means different things for everyone. Whether it’s feeling more comfortable in sweatpants, dressing down in your favorite jeans or sneakers, or dressing to the nines with something a little more pricey and classy, dress in the clothes that make you feel more comfortable in your own skin and ready to do just about anything.
- Strike your favorite pose
When people struggle with feeling self-confident, seeing their reflections in the mirror or faces in photographs can be a nightmare, leading many people to be “camera shy” or to even hate their own reflections. This is terrible, since everyone deserves to feel comfortable with how they look in the mirror and have fun taking photos when they’re out with their friends.
Luckily, channeling your inner model and striking your favorite pose can make all the difference. Goof off in front of the mirror or in front of the camera, or pretend you’re posing for a photo shoot for your favorite big-time fashion magazine. Striking poses you love will magically make you feel more relaxed, beautiful, and above all confident (instead of insecure or camera-shy).
- Enjoy a cup of coffee
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? If you’re feeling down in the dumps from over how you’re performing at school, work, on the field, or in any other situation that matters to you, then treat yourself to a nice, warm cup of coffee made just the way you like it. Whether it’s with extra cream or sugar, homemade or specially ordered from your nearest Starbucks, a good dose of caffeine can make you feel ready to tackle anything that comes your way.
- Clean up
As mentioned in the first point, cleaning yourself up can instantly enhance your self-confidence, but so can cleaning up your environment. Whether it’s your bedroom, apartment, locker at school, or desk at work, removing clutter and keeping things organized works magic on your self-confidence. When things are clean, neat, and tidy, and your environment is clear and opened up, it’s like a breath of fresh air that clears your mind too. Also, you’ll experience a feeling of accomplishment that will get you motivated and remind yourself that you are capable of doing just about anything you set your mind to.
- Stop procrastinating
Now that you are feeling accomplished and motivated, don’t let that feeling go away. If there is something that you have been meaning to do but for some reason, have kept putting off doing, then do it. When you finally finish a task that you have been procrastinating and stressing over for some time, you will truly feel more confident in your abilities to get things done.
Exercise is one of the best ways you can enhance your self-confidence. By getting and staying active, you’re not only improving your physical health but also your mental and emotional health. This means you will feel better about how you look and feel, and the rush of endorphins exercise gives you are the perfect psychological combatants against any crippling doubts or insecurities!
Like exercise, this is another great and “active” way to enhance your self-confidence. Giving back to your community, doing good deeds for others, and being more grateful for what you have are just some of the many benefits that volunteering has to offer. These benefits will not only grow and shape your character but they will make you feel better as a person.
Finding more reasons to smile each day means feeling more self-confident each day, especially if one of the things you feel insecure about is your smile. Smiling for real (fake smiles will never do the trick!) releases a rush of chemicals in our brains that makes us feel happier, which will make us feel more self-confident. This is why smiling is one of the best and easiest ways to enhance your self-confidence!