Regardless of the fact that we are connected more than ever in today’s modern society, it is becoming harder, as time goes by, to maintain a good sense of self-confidence. When we seem to build ourselves up by how many friends we have online and how much they like us, it is easy to lose a sense of who you are and why you are truly special. Everyone faces this personal crisis at some point in their life, from a kid just starting high school all the way to a CEO of a major organization. When you feel like the wind has been taken out of your sails, it might be a good idea to consider these tips to boost your self-confidence.
It may seem shallow, but if you want to make yourself feel better inside, starting with the outside would be a good way to go. Even something as simple as a haircut can be a great mood enhancer, and you can take the transformation even further, if you so desire. When was the last time you treated yourself to a relaxing massage? Do you still have clothes in your closet that remind you of the last episode of Seinfeld? It does not take a lot of money to pull off a makeover. For women, it could be as simple as a couple of new outfits to freshen up their wardrobe, and for men a couple of dress shirts and some new work shoes could do the trick.
Once you are feeling better about how you look, you might want to back up your new style with a new attitude to match. Even if you are not happy, even if you are watching a bad movie, you could try smiling more often. Some studies that shown that the mere act of smiling can help boost good hormone production in you body which can lead to increased mood and overall confidence. If you really want to kick those good chemicals into high gear, try laughing a bit more. Spend some time with friends and family who are good natured and take advantage of some of the best medicine nature has to offer.
Now that you are feeling a bit better, its time to turn that positive energy into something feasible. Go out of your way to do a good deed for someone. You don’t necessarily have to rescue them from a burning building, but if you can hold the door open for someone or help them with their groceries you can begin to open up good feelings about the world around you. As you begin to feel more at ease with the world around you your confidence levels will start to rise.
Humans by their very nature are social and active creatures. Instead of staring at your phone for hours waiting for some news to happen, go out and make some of your own. Revisit a hobby that you used to love or go ahead and try something new. Getting out and taking risks even if they are just for recreation is a great way to boost your esteem and give you a sense of general wellness. As you become more active either physically or mentally, you will feel as if your soul has been refreshed and you will be more willing to face unknown challenges with greater ease.
Perhaps the most important thing that you can do to increase your self-confidence is to stop procrastinating. Only you can initiate the changes that will boost your sense of self worth, and only you are capable of standing up to take on this challenge. You need to remember that it took a long time to get to this place, and it may take an equally long time to get back to where you need to be. Without taking that first step, you will be stuck in your rut and things will only get worse. Perhaps, if you follow even a few of these tips, you will be able to take that first step to a happier, more confident you.
Author Mat Good is one of the founders of GoodRelaxation.com – an online magazine sharing stress management tips and ideas for a healthy lifestyle. Mat himself likes to write about wellness and self development.