Confidence affects every aspect of your life. When you're centred and sure of yourself, it's easier to find joy and overcome challenges. If you've been feeling uncertain or inadequate, now's the perfect time to start building yourself up. A few confidence-boosting "quick wins" can create the momentum you need to achieve your goals and improve your circumstances.
Do Something You Love
In times of stress, it's natural to let hobbies fall by the wayside. Doing something you love can help you rediscover a sense of self. Choose an activity that fills you with joy. Take a dance class, plan a hiking trip in one of the wilderness areas near Auckland or cook a gourmet meal for friends. You're likely to come away feeling energized and sure of yourself.
Start a Fitness Routine
There's nothing like exercise to help you feel strong and in control. Never view working out as a punishment — it's a way to release stress and take care of yourself. As you plan a new fitness routine, these tips can help you stick with it:
- Start slowly. Ease into a new routine gradually to avoid injury and stay motivated.
- Choose a fun activity. Sticking with an exercise is easy when it's something you enjoy.
- Celebrate achievements. Reward yourself every time you meet a fitness goal.
Add Nutritious Foods to Your Diet
A balanced diet helps you look and feel your best. If you've struggled with healthy eating in the past, try an additive approach. Instead of eliminating favourite treats, add healthier foods. Pair chips with chopped vegetables, take two helpings of salad at dinner, and add fruit to your breakfast.
This strategy isn't as mentally taxing as a deprivation diet, so it's easier to maintain. You still get the health benefits of the added nutrients, and you may find yourself craving unhealthy foods less often.
Update Your Look
A new haircut, outfit, or style can do wonders for your confidence. Don't worry about trends. Find something that makes you feel fantastic. It can be as simple as a killer red lipstick and a new lip pencil from Karen Murrell or as bold as a wardrobe makeover. Some of the people you know may not even know what’s different about you, but adding lipstick can give you confidence throughout the whole day.
Not sure where to start? Consult with professionals. Ask your hairdresser for a flattering new cut, or hire a stylist to help you find the perfect pair of jeans.
Change Your Career
When you're feeling bored or unsettled at work, a new challenge can restore your sense of certainty. Some options are:
- Ask for more responsibility
- Learn a new skill
- Apply for a promotion
- Get a new job
If you've always wanted to join the ranks of entrepreneurs, now may be the right time to do so. Build confidence in your personal skills and talents by devoting most of your time to revenue-generating tasks.
Prioritize Relaxing Activities
Confidence and relaxation go hand in hand. It's hard to feel calm and self-assured when you're bogged down by stress and worry. These activities can help you relax:
- Watching television
- Family time
- Phone-free exercise
Boost Your Confidence Today
Over time, small steps have a cumulative effect on your confidence. Enhance your newfound sense of self-assurance with a fun, natural lip product from Karen Murrell.
Written by Kimberly Thomas