We all lack self-confidence in one way or another. From body dysmorphia to being awkward in social situations, people regularly feel poorly about themselves, viewing themselves in a low light and seeing themselves worse off than those around them. There’s no reason to get down on yourself if you feel a lack of confidence, but it shouldn’t get the better of you. In reality, you can take measured steps to improve your overall self-confidence, making each of your interactions a little more natural and less awkward. Here are just a few ways you can work to improve your self-confidence.
Take time to reflect.
Before you start making changes, you should reconsider where you are in life. Ask yourself what it is that makes you feel uncomfortable and unconfident in life. If you can identify the primary traits, events from your past, and personal feelings that led you to feeling this way, you can begin planning on how to become more self-assured in your daily life.
Update your wardrobe.
Our outward appearance can affect the way other people view us, and it can have a similar effect on ourselves. If there’s a shirt in your closet or a pair of pants you don’t enjoy, or which make you feel uncomfortable, you should consider ditching them.
Whether you update your wardrobe to the modern age or simply begin dressing in a way that makes you feel more confident, you’ll be able to impact the way you think and feel about yourself. Rather than being concerned with how others might view you and your dress, you should regularly wear clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
Take care of your hair, skin, and teeth.
Your outward appearance is a key indicator of how people judge you in the first moments of meeting. While your clothes can be a great marker of showing confidence, style, and/or wealth, they can only go so far; if your physical attributes—hair, skin, teeth—are in poor condition, it will reflect poorly on you. It’s best to take care of your physical attributes, as a full head of hair and a mouth full of clean teeth and a wonderful smile can exude a great amount of confidence to others.
If you feel as if your hairstyle has been lacking, schedule an appointment with a stylist to get their opinion. They can effectively determine what type of hairstyle will work best for your hair, fashion style, and face structure. They can also recommend hair care products to maintain the health of your hair over time.
If you’ve been struggling with thinning hair or a receding hairline, it might be time to schedule an appointment to discuss hair regrowth treatment. While there are surgical options available, new-age therapeutic treatments have proven both safe and effective, particularly low-level laser therapy (LLLT) laser caps. In just a few minutes a day, you can effectively restore hair loss and feel more confident in the hair on your head.
Begin eating healthier and regularly work out.
A little personal self-care routine can go a long way. Remaining sedentary for the better part of the day and eating poorly can have extremely detrimental effects on your body. While they might not be noticeable at the moment, the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle can have severe effects on your health, both physical and mental.
Instead, you can work to create a routine that provides you with nutritious food and regular exercise. Rather than viewing these two things as secondary life choices, you should consider making them primary—the food you eat is fueling your body each day, so why eat poorly? Regular exercise can help lift your mood, lower certain diseases, and increase the way you feel about how you look. Similarly, eating healthily can make you feel better about yourself—one, for the weight that will be lost and two, for the better mood you will find by consuming more nutritious food.
Work on your posture.
Posture can demonstrate confidence. Think of the sad person in a film: They look gloomy because their face is sullen, their back is bowed, their shoulders are clenched forward, and they walk facing the ground with a weak, slow stride.
To avoid appearing like the stereotypical weak, unconfident type, you should work to improve your posture. With some basic workouts and self-awareness, you can effectively restructure the way in which you carry yourself—lifting your shoulders and head, straightening your hips, lengthening your stride, and standing with your back straightened.
Now, when you meet someone, you’ll be able to make a positive impression, giving them a hearty hello and reaching out with a firm handshake, combined with your improved posture to appear like an assertive person.
One of the best things you can do to improve your confidence is remaining both composed and calm. The best way to do this is to be aware of your emotions in public settings, along with interacting with others in a calm, considerate capacity. This includes keeping your emotions in check, even when perturbed or upset. It’s okay to put your emotions on display and to speak about them openly rather than choking them back, but you should do so with composure. Anger and sadness are legitimate emotions—but do not allow them to let you treat others improperly because of them.
Furthermore, treat others with respect while talking. Give them your attention, remain silent while listening, and respond as necessary. You should treat them like a respected partner, allowing for ideas to be presented and discussed openly.
Confidence As A Mindset
By shifting your perspective, remaining open to others and undertaking some personal self-care routines, you can effectively feel better about yourself. If you can change your mind, it will show to those around you.