Confidence is often something we aspire to but nearly always feels out of reach. So whether you struggle to speak up in an important work meeting or find it hard to get yourself out there on the dating scene, you must find ways to build your confidence – though this often feels easier said than done.
With that in mind, here are four steps you can take to help you feel more confident in your everyday life!
4 Steps To Feeling More Confident
Develop a skincare routine
Sometimes, a lack of confidence stems from insecurities regarding how we look, especially when it comes to our skin. If you deal with any skin issues, such as acne, scarring, or general dryness, it’s important to remember that there is nothing wrong with this. Our skin is super sensitive and easily affected by the world around us by factors such as stress, heat, and even lack of sleep. Therefore, one way to start taking better care of your skin (and give yourself a confidence boost) is by developing a skincare routine. In this case, it’s best to keep it simple – pick up a few products from a trusted brand like The Ordinary skincare and put together a quick routine that meets your needs. You’ll soon notice the difference.
Hit that unfollow button
While receiving a few likes on our latest Insta pic can give you a little boost of happiness, it’s clear that social media is the killer of confidence. This is because it constantly encourages us to compare ourselves to others – do they have more likes or more followers? Do they look better than we do? However, it’s important to remember that social media is not reality – and the influencers you follow spent hours curating the pictures they frame as ‘candid’ snaps. There are editing apps that can turn you into an entirely different person in just a few seconds – so don’t agonise over the fact that you don’t look like an Instagram model – because nobody does. If you find yourself spending too much time putting yourself down because of the content you see on Instagram, it’s time to hit that unfollow button.
Learn to love your body
Learning to love your body and its perceived ‘flaws’ is one of the easiest ways to increase your overall confidence and happiness. Thankfully, there are many ways in which you can go about improving your body confidence, whether that means you introduce exercise into your routine or upgrade your wardrobe with some new flattering outfits. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively about your body, try to cut the thought short and replace it with a positive one. For example, instead of thinking, ‘I’ve gained loads of weight recently because of stress’, think about how your body is doing its best to carry you through a difficult situation.
Another way you can boost your confidence by letting go of any fears that hold you back. Stop worrying about what others think about you or making mistakes, and throw yourself into every opportunity that comes your way. Failure is not something to be embarrassed about; it’s just a lesson that you can continue to learn from on your journey.
What are your go to steps to feeling more confident?