We are beaten down day in and day out by social media, negative people, magazines, etc., all telling us how we are “supposed to be”. Obviously, we can’t live up to these ridiculous expectations so our self-worth and value take a hit. Or our confidence isn’t where it could be. To overcome this, you must take a proactive approach. You have to intentionally do things to give your confidence and self-esteem a boost. Adopting healthy confidence and self-esteem habits is a great way to do this. Here are ten that you must adopt in your everyday life.
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Adopt These Habits To Improve Your Confidence and Self-Esteem
1. Focus on Your Strengths
Make it a daily habit to focus on your strengths. We spend so much time focusing on our weaknesses that we forget how many strengths we have. Write out a list of your strengths no matter how small. Look at this list on a daily basis to remind yourself of the many great things you offer the world. This habit alone will boost your confidence and self-esteem tremendously.
2. Take Care of Your Mind and Body
Make it a habit to do something for your mind and body every day. For your mind, give yourself a chance to decompress. You can do this by spending time meditating, or unplugging from electronics for 30 minutes a day. You can also spend a moment or two in complete silence during the day. This is a great way to keep your mind healthy. You also give yourself a chance to recharge and come back to your tasks with renewed energy.
For your body, adopt a daily exercise routine. Get up early and workout or start walking after you eat lunch every day. Do something to get your blood pumping. Once you start taking better care of your mind and body your self-esteem and confidence will naturally improve. You’ll feel better about your body and health. You’ll feel clear-headed and more capable of taking on your stressors.
3. Focus on Self-Improvement
Another great habit to improve your self-esteem is to focus on self-improvement daily. Read self-help blogs, listen to inspiring podcasts, follow your favorite motivational speakers. These sources will keep you focused on staying positive and improving the relationship you have with yourself. Make this a habit and you’ll soon discover that you’ll start feeling better about yourself and your abilities. Things won’t bother you as much and your insecurities won’t seem like such a big deal. Self-improvement is an important aspect of self-esteem so make it a daily priority.
An easy way to make this a part of your day is to use Feedly.com to collect all of your self-improvement sources. Aggregate all of your favorites on Feedly and then spend at least 15 minutes every morning reading and watching self-improvement information.
4. Practice Gratitude For Yourself
We all know the power of practicing gratitude and the importance of making it a daily habit but did you know it can also improve your self-esteem and build your confidence? When you practice gratitude for the things you have and the things you will receive, also take some time to be grateful for yourself. Be grateful for all that you have accomplished and for your best traits. After all, you played a part in all that you have right now. That is a major achievement so be grateful for yourself.
5. Be Mindful of Your Body Language
A great habit to improve your confidence and self-esteem is to work on how you carry yourself physically. Stop slouching and looking down. Look people in the eye, stand up tall and straight, and square up with them. It will be uncomfortable at first, but as you do this, not only will you build confidence and self-esteem but people will respond to you differently. They will see you as a confident person and treat you as such.
6. Do Things You Are Good At
Another great confidence and self-esteem habit is to do things you are good at. Think about how you feel when you are engaged in something you have great skill in. You are confident and feel good about yourself, right? Take some time each day and do something that creates this feeling. Rely on your strengths list for ideas.
7. Show Kindness to Others
Showing kindness to others will always come back to you in a positive way. Of course, do not do nice things for others to get something in return but it’s a nice side effect none-the-less. When you do for others they are usually grateful for you and very appreciative. This will help you feel better about yourself and if they show kindness back to you, that will improve your self-esteem as well.
8. Keep Your Inner Critic In Check
Throughout the day, you may hear your inner critic say things like, “You aren’t good enough,” “You can’t do this,” or, “This isn’t going to work out.” When this negative inner voice starts to speak like this, make it a habit to squash it immediately. A great way to do this is to use affirmations.
9. Use Affirmations
Make it a habit to spend a few moments every day saying affirmations that will boost your confidence and self-esteem. Affirmations are a powerful tool to rewire your brain to believe what you tell it. Instead of listening to your negative inner critic all day, take a proactive approach, and feed your mind confidence and self-esteem building affirmations. Every morning, throughout the day, and when your negative voice speaks, say things like:
- “I am unique and feel great about being me.”
- “I deserve to feel good about myself.”
- “Everything I need to succeed is within me.”
- More Self-Esteem Affirmations.
10. Dress To Impress
Dressing nice will go a long way in feeling confident and improving your self-esteem. Make it a habit to look your best before you leave the house each day. You do not have to buy designer clothes or fancy jewelry, what you have is just fine. Just be sure to make the best of what you have. Comb your hair, iron your clothes, and take pride in your appearance. Studies show that the way you present yourself to the outside world affects how you feel on the inside. Gain confidence and boost your self-esteem by dressing to impress.
There are many habits out there, but these are some of the easiest ways to improve your confidence and self-esteem. Build these confidence and self-esteem habits into your day. Focus on your strengths, take care of your mind and body, focus on self-improvement, practice gratitude for yourself, be mindful of your body language, do things you are good at, show kindness to others, keep your inner critic in check, use affirmations, and dress to impress.
How would your life change if you could boost your confidence and self-esteem? Let me know in the comments below.