5 Simple Ways to Boost Confidence
RepHresh is focused on empowering you to take control of your feminine health and feel confident in your own skin. We could tell you that you're a strong, beautiful, independent woman all day long (and we mean it) but in the end you need to convince yourself! Here are 6 simple ways to boost your self confidence in any situation.
- Give yourself something to smile about
Yes, it is that simple. If you're feeling nervous, down or discouraged, crack a big smile. According to Lily T. Garcia, DDS, DDS, MS, FACP, president of the American College of Prosthodontists, "a smile conveys confidence and professionalism." Additionally, "those who project a positive outlook are generally more open and flexible. They tend to cope better with challenges than people who are withdrawn and unsmiling" (WebMD). So, before that big interview, think of something that is sure to put a grin on your face.
- Compliment Others
Making others feel good can make you feel good as well. Compliment friends, family, coworkers, even strangers! Their appreciation will boost your mood AND you will be more likely to receive a compliment in return. Looking for something to compliment allows you to see the good in others and can make any situation seem less stressful. It also puts the focus from you to them, so that you feel less conspicuous. Whether you compliment their shoes, an idea, the way they handled a recent meeting or get-together, keep your comments authentic and be prepared to follow up with some detail to prove your compliment is genuine.
- Strike a power pose
If you don't think you can change the way you feel, change the way you stand. The way you stand communicates to your brain how you're feeling by affecting testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain (TED). So, strike a power pose for 2 minutes. A power pose is an open stance, with your legs spread, your arms open, and your chin up. Studies show that opening up your stance will make you feel more positive and at ease. If opening up your body makes you feel forced, unnatural or unprotected at first, researchers say to fake it until those testosterone and cortisol levels kick in and you begin to feel more confident.
- Work it out
Hit the gym, go for a quick jog, or dance in front of your mirror like no one is watching. According to Mayo Clinic, "physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed". Regular exercise in general will dramatically boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
- Dress for Success
No, we're not saying you have to wear a power suit, but what you wear has a definite impact on your self-confidence. A report published in Qualitative Research In Psychology found even just thinking of certain items from their wardrobe gave individuals a boost in confidence. People in the study said when there was an item of clothing they were always complimented on, simply viewing the garment made them feel the buzz of the praise. According to lead researcher Dr. Alastair Tombs, "Clothes almost work like photographs: they bring back memories of a moment in your life." So, whether it is the perfect dress, a great pair of jeans or an accessory with personal significance, wearing or even thinking about an outfit that has made you feel great in the past is a great way to boost confidence today.
Boosting your self confidence will positively affect your mental health, so start with some of these tricks when you're in need of a little pick-me-up.
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