5 ways to build self-confidence

Having low self-confidence is very common these days and can be the root of several mental illnesses. Thankfully, there are things you can do to increase your self-confidence and self-esteem. Read on to find out how to build self-confidence.

How to develop self-confidence and self-esteem:

List your strengths and achievements :

It is common to feel incompetent and useless from time to time. Making a list of all your strong points and of all the things you have achieved can be very useful, and help put things back in perspective when you are feeling down. Forget modesty and list out all the qualities that you think make you great (and believe it, you do have those qualities, even when you feel like you don’t) and when you are feeling low, take out your list and read through it. Tell that inner critic to take a hike.

Think positive:

This is of paramount importance. Having positive thoughts can go a long way in helping you feel better about yourself and help you build self-confidence. Remember that you are worthy and that you can do the things that you think you cannot. Root out all your inner negativity. A great way to practice this is by thinking that the inner negative voice, the one that keeps saying “I cannot do it”, “I am pathetic” and “I will never be good enough”, is actually the voice of a 12-year-old petulant child, and 12-year-old don’t really know much, do they? Tell him to shut up.

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Personal hygiene :

Always remember to take special care of yourself. Take a shower, clean your hair and remember to trim your nails. Not taking care of yourself properly can add fuel to your feelings of being worthless and you do not want that. It can be hard to get out of bed on some days, but those are the days when you have to force yourself to get out of bed and do the things that need to be done. Start small — take a shower, eat a healthy meal and then if you are feeling up for it, do the laundry that has been piling up for weeks.

Exercise :

Exercising regularly can release happy hormones like endorphins and serotonin which can lift your mood. It will also help you get in shape, which can help build self-esteem. Setting a relaxed but effective exercise regimen can go a long way in helping you practice self-discipline and that can, in turn, help you build self-confidence.

Avoid negative people :

While you are on this mission to build better self-esteem, it is a good idea to avoid situations and people that make you feel bad about yourself. In today’s world, social media is hugely popular and this has caused a lot of people to jump on board the performance-oriented culture that social media platforms sell. But it is important to keep in mind that what you see on Facebook is not always real, and it is unwise to compare yourself with others.

These are some ways in which you can build better self-confidence and self-esteem and you can be the person you are supposed to be.

Recommended read:Martial Arts’, a great confidence booster for women

This post was originally published in CareGuru.

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