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No matter how much you’ve accomplished or who you are, confidence is something that almost everyone struggles with at some point in their life. This is especially true under the current atmosphere of social media. Scrolling through an endless stream of carefully curated moments in other people’s lives can easily make a person start feeling insecure about themselves, even if they know consciously that the lives people share on social media aren’t actually genuine.
Unfortunately, feeling insecure about yourself can actually be harmful to your real life, since it can be difficult to have the confidence to try to reach towards career and social opportunities if you secretly feel like you don’t deserve them. The good news is, confidence is entirely a state of mind, which means that by doing a little bit of work on yourself you can gain the confidence you need to go out and achieve everything that you want.
While confidence obviously isn’t the only thing you need for success in everything you do (whether it’s opening a home-based business or it’s a fitness goal), feeling good about yourself goes a long way to helping others feel good about you too. Better confidence and higher self-esteem are also good indicators of mental health and well-being, so take these five great tips for how to feel more confident about yourself and incorporate them into your life today!
Feel Good About How You Look
A major contributing factor to feeling more confident is feeling good about how you appear to other people. Now, that doesn’t mean you should aggressively pursue normalized standards of beauty or spend an extraordinary amount of effort on your appearance if you don’t want to. The point is that you should feel good about how you look, not that you should constantly try to please other people.
That being said, a lot of people find it easier to feel better about themselves when they put in the effort to work on their appearance. That’s completely valid, too, and a great way to start working on your personal appearance is by paying more attention to skincare and hygiene. Not only will these instantly help you feel less anxious about how you present to others, but it’s usually also good for your health!
You can upgrade your typical daily hygiene routine by simply ridding yourself of bad habits and investing in higher-quality products. For example, if you’ve been committing the mortal sin of using the same so-called “two-in-one” shampoo and conditioner since you were a kid, it may be time to finally invest in a good and separate shampoo and conditioner for your hair.
You can also upgrade your skincare routine by using a separate cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer for your face. Each of these products adds something different to your overall skincare routine and you should spend some time looking into each one to decide what best suits your needs.
This is especially true for something as specialized as skin serums, too. Maybe you suffer from dry skin and you want a hydrating skin serum, or you want to reduce the effects of aging with a stem cell serum. Whatever it is, by upgrading your daily hygiene and skincare routine you can feel better about the foundations of your appearance when you’re out and about!
Be Comfortable In Your Own Skin
While being comfortable with how you look can go a long way towards feeling more confident in your day-to-day life, feeling more comfortable about yourself is vastly more important. Even if you’re happy with how you look, it won’t matter if you constantly feel the need to hide your true self from other people. While feelings of anxiety and inadequacy are completely natural, being able to accept and love who you are is also important.
It can go a long way in encouraging others to accept and love you as well. A great way to help begin that process is by surrounding yourself with kind, positive people. Get rid of anyone who constantly puts you down or makes you feel bad about yourself. At the end of the day though, it’s up to you to stop putting yourself down first. Confiding in a friend or speaking to a therapist can go a long way in helping you to accept yourself.
Understand Your Insecurities
Finally, one of the most important parts of becoming more confident is understanding why you aren’t feeling confident about yourself, to begin with. Getting in touch with your insecurities is the most important step in addressing them. Insecurities usually extend deeper than simply feeling anxious about the way you look or how you talk. A lot of people might be scared of rejection, or feel unworthy of approval by others because of long-held trauma throughout their life.
Identifying these base insecurities is the only thing that will allow you to truly address them. Though it may sound daunting, with the help of a therapist or a mental health professional, you can feel so much more confident about yourself in everything you do. And by taking a closer look at yourself — both literally and figuratively — and finding ways to incorporate these five tips into your lifestyle, you may find that the confidence you seek is finally there.