Confidence is easily attainable and makes a huge impact on how others view you as well as how you feel about yourself. Try these instant boosters to put a little spring in your step:
1. Straighten up. A recent study found that the simple act of sitting up straight and adjusting your posture can significantly boost your confidence.
2. Note the positives. Look in a full-size mirror and pick five things that you feel good about. Make note of both your physical attributes (eyes, lips, hair, nails, legs, feet, toes, smile) and your style (hairdo, clothing, stance, makeup, shoes, jewelry).
3. Break a sweat (or not). Go for a quick stroll around the block when you’re feeling down. The simple act of exercise (doesn’t matter how long, how intense or how often) gives you an instant body image boost.
4. Get a haircut. Although it may seem trite, a new ’do is a quick way to feel better! Changing your look or just indulging in a little “me” time can up your self-esteem in a big way.
5. Schedule a girls’ night. A recent survey said that a supportive network of female friends is more likely to make them feel confident in the long run compared to looking attractive.
6. Lend a hand. If you want to build your confidence in a big way, volunteer for an organization or group that needs help. The gratitude you receive will reinforce your self-worth immediately.
7. Look on the bright side. Think back to the most recent experience where you think you fell short or messed up, and force yourself to name a few things that went right.
8. Make a list. Avoiding things that are stressing you out increases anxiety and cuts down confidence. Write down anything that may fall into this category, such as calling people back or paying bills. Start with just three things and do them today.
9. Set a (small) goal. One of the most effective ways to build self-confidence is to break down large goals into small, doable action steps. For example, if you’re trying to shape up and lose weight, make it a goal to eat at least three servings of veggies today.
10. Try something new. Tackling something you’re scared to do or something that seems difficult increases your sense of well-being. A few suggestions to get started: Learn a new language, try flower arranging, take a tango class or register for a night class at a local community college in a subject that interests you.