It may sound corny, but often the difference between succeeding at something and not succeeding can be as simple as believing that you can do it.
Research shows that high self-esteem and self-confidence are associated with a raft of positive outcomes, including better physical and mental health, increased happiness and general success in life. There’s just something about feeling good about yourself that makes almost everything a little easier.
As much as we know that being self-confident is good for us, it can be difficult to actually take steps to improve your confidence when you don’t feel good about yourself. We teamed up with BioBust to bring you five easy things you can do every day to boost your self-confidence and start reaping the benefits.
Practice positive self-talk
We’ve heard it again and again, but that’s because it really works: positive self-talk is one of the best ways to improve your self-confidence.* But it doesn’t come naturally to most of us; like getting better at anything, you have to practice positive self-talk to make it work for you.
Start by paying attention to your inner voice and what you are saying about yourself. When you identify negative self-talk, like ‘I failed’, stop immediately, challenge that thought and see how you can reframe it in a positive way. ‘I am proud of myself for having the courage to try’ is a more positive way of framing your situation.
Make an effort
When you’re feeling negative about yourself, it’s tempting to give up on your appearance entirely, but this will only make you feel worse. We’ve heard that some women have a special, bright outfit they wear when they’re feeling down, some swear by red lipstick and for others making an effort to exercise is what helps them overcome negativity.
Whatever you choose to do, the effect your appearance has on your self-confidence is real, so do what you need to do to feel fabulous when you see yourself in the mirror.
Change what you can
If there’s something about yourself that you don’t like, you need to decide whether you’re going to embrace it or change it. Feeling bad about something you can’t or won’t change is a useless emotion.
For example, many women are unhappy about their breasts, especially as they get older. Instead of just feeling bad about this, investigate your options and decide whether you’re willing to take steps to change anything. Supplements like BioBust can enhance your bust, increasing fullness and firmness and even toning and lifting the area. Take charge of your life and see what steps you can take to make changes.
Stand up straight
Science says that good posture is possibly the easiest way to boost your confidence, even in stressful situations like speaking in public.** Plus, it makes other people think you are stronger and more capable. Stand up straight, walk with confidence and soon you’ll start feeling better about yourself.
Set achievable goals
Part of the problem with poor self-confidence may be that you’re making it unnecessarily difficult for yourself. If you’ve never gone for a run before and your goal is to run a marathon in 6 months, it’s probably never going to happen, and you’ll feel even worse about yourself because you ‘failed’.
Instead think critically about what you can do and set goals based around that. Aim to first go for a walk 3 times a week for a month. Once you’ve met that goal, move onto the next one, celebrating yourself along the way.
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