9 Ways to Get an Instant Confidence Boost 110

how to get an instant confidence boost

If you’re tired of always being the shy one when in public, or have always wondered how others have such high self-esteem, it’s time to do something about it.

Here are simple ways to quickly boost your confidence:

1. Groom yourself.

Personal hygiene is important and taking care of how you look is closely related to how comfortable you feel in your skin.
Take showers often, use a nice perfume, put on fantastic clothes, take care of your skin, style your hair. Things like that make all the difference.

2. Write down your good qualities.

Whenever you need a confidence boost, sit down and write everything you like about yourself. Mention all the compliments you’ve received, the experience and knowledge you have, good sides of your character, etc.
This will make you feel good instantly and no one would be able to put you down today.

3. Dress sharp.

Sometimes, when there’s nothing else to do, simply putting on something formal, that’s for a special occasion, or which just makes you feel more confident, can help a lot.
If you’re a woman and put on this evening cocktail dress or this tea length one, for example, you’ll feel unstoppable.

4. Stop spending time with people that lower your self-esteem.

Everyone has such people around him. Avoid them from now on.

5. Approach the first person next to you.

Action breeds action, and that’s true even when it comes to social skills. If there are people around you, just go to the one closest to you and say something that makes sense. Even if you ask for the time, or else.
That will make it easier to repeat the action with another person. Do this daily and soon you’ll be experienced and will behave naturally in public.

6. Use the mirror technique.

Practice talking to the mirror. It may sound ridiculous but that’s a habit many successful people swear by.
Just look yourself in the mirror before you go out and repeat confidence affirmations. You’ll immediately feel better.

7. Fake it.

When you feel insecure or anxious around people, do this trick – stand straight, put a light smile on your face, put your shoulders back and look people in the eyes.
Body language is powerful and even if you fake it, you’ll make it.

8. Visualize success.

See yourself confident in your head. Imagine it with details, feel the vibe, see how others respect you more and even ask you for advice.
Do this exercise as often as you can throughout the day. It will give you an instant boost today, but in the long term it can make you become the person from your vision.

9. Walk with attitude.

That’s another chance to fake it before you actually get a confidence boost. Also, speak louder to beat insecurity.

What other ways to overcome shyness and instantly feel more confident do you know?

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest
Directly into your inbox every Monday.
Previous ArticleNext Article

9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic] 3

9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic]

When a big change happens in your life, it doesn’t have to be a negative change to have a huge impact on you.

Change causes uncertainty and our brains and bodies react to uncertainty by trying to protect us with the release of fight or flight chemicals and hormones.

The downside to this is that living with these for an extended time results in elevated heart rate and affects your digestion, immune systems and blood flow.

But there are ways you can regain control over your life even in the midst of big changes.

The first is to take a step back and reflect on what’s actually happening and what your involvement is, which will help you to understand and find perspective on the situation. Hopefully, this will enable you to find the opportunities that every change in your life brings, rather than obsessing over any short-term negative impacts.

It may also help you to allow yourself a transition period where you adjust to the changes. But with a firm deadline by which you expect to have moved on and settled into the new routine. Even if it doesn’t quite work out that way, it will still push you towards visualizing the end of the uncertainty, which will prepare you to make it happen sooner rather than later.

On a more basic level, you need to remember to look after yourself during this time of change and the related stresses.

It can be too easy to fall into bad habits like neglecting your own simple needs, like a good night’s sleep and staying active and eating right when you are going through something like this. Having a day in your pajamas eating ice cream out of the tub is fine. But your body needs sleep, exercise and nutrition to keep you healthy.

Routine can be a comfort when it feels like everything in your life is changing.

So try and stick to some simple ones like walking your dog every morning or going to a regular gym class to give your life some stability and consistency.

You also need the help and support of those around you. And having a strong support network is crucial when it comes to coping with big changes in your life. This means family and friends, but you could also seek out people going through similar experiences by looking online. There may well be communities who you can talk to and get helpful tips from.

Most importantly of all, you need to be aware of when you need more than just the love and support of other people to help you cope with stress and uncertainty. If you start to feel like your mental health is really suffering, or you have been feeling the symptoms of stress for more than a couple of months, you need to go and talk to a health professional to get the help you need to bounce back.

You can read more practical tips about dealing with change and the symptoms it causes in this infographic from Pounds to Pocket.