Having self-confidence can be very difficult. As something that I have personally struggled with my entire life, I can attest to how hard it can be to accept a compliment or praise from someone, especially if you don’t believe it yourself. Having confidence can take time, but ultimately it requires work and reminding yourself that you are enough, no matter what you might think.
Here are some things that you can do to help boost your confidence:
- Volunteer: Research suggests that volunteering can help people make them feel better about themselves. Volunteer in a place that interests you, whether it be at a school, an animal shelter, hospital, or a soup kitchen.
- Smile: Studies found that smiling during a stressful situation will lower your heart rate. Even if you feel like you are faking it, you will feel the benefits!
- Dress for success: My dad always told me “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” People who dress for success think of themselves as more successful!
- Learn something new: Personal achievement and valuable skills help nurture positive feelings and increase self-confidence!
- Exercise: Like a well-dressed, ambitious blonde woman once said “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t!” Elle Woods got it right! Exercise will improve your mood and release stress! Be sure to only exercise within your limits, and what your doctor or dietitian allows.
- Stand up straight: Good posture brings a host of mental and physical benefits, including stronger core, better breathing and less stress!
- Eat well: Eat what you like, include fun foods, and practice mindful and intuitive eating!
- Get organized: Small weekly organization goals can help manage stress and help you feel in control.
- Meditate: Turn off your phone, computer, TV and just relax. Meditation is also shown to help manage depression, blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease.
- Treat yourself: This is important. Make yourself feel special! You deserve it! Make time for self-care activities, and be good to yourself.
What do you do to boost self confidence? Let us know! Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our dietitians.
Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.