“Visualize your best self and start showing up as her.” Sounds a little easier said than done, right? The truth is, any of us could benefit from making confidence a habit, but the idea of becoming our “best selves” can feel a little overwhelming. Where do we even start?
VALLEY’s answer: start simple. The foolproof way to boost your confidence is to implement small practices of self-love into your daily routine. Little by little, that total self-esteem revamp, which once seemed like a lofty goal, will become your reality. Try these VALLEY-tested tips to boost your confidence right now:
Keep a Compliment Journal
No, writing down things you love about yourself is not conceited – it’s actually one of the best ways to improve your self-esteem! According to best-selling author Mel Robbins, human nature makes us more likely to criticize ourselves than pat ourselves on the back. That’s why taking time to note things you love about yourself is a proven way to boost confidence. Try paying yourself three compliments per day – it will feel good to write them down and look back at it later!
Be Mindful of Your Insta Feed
We all know that social media has its benefits and tradeoffs, especially when it comes to self-confidence. To make your Insta feed a healthier space, it’s important to be mindful of who you follow. It’s pretty likely that an algorithm full of face-tuned Instagram models won’t make you feel better about yourself – so unfollow them! On the flip side, make an effort to follow pages with self-care and motivational content.
Break a Sweat
Have you ever felt a rush of confidence after a great workout? That’s because exercise increases serotonin levels, which boosts your mood and sets you up for a positive outlook. Plus, working out is an investment in yourself – an essential component of gaining self-esteem.
However, keep in mind that exercising should only be an act of self-love. That means working out when you feel like it (not when you feel like you have to!) and finding the kind of exercise that makes you happiest.
Do More of What You’re Good At
No matter how small, we all have our special talents, hobbies, or things that just click. To boost your self-confidence, make a list of things you do well and start doing them more often. Are you an artist? Grab a canvas and start painting. Miss playing your favorite high school sport? Join a campus rec team. When you make time to do what you do best, you increasingly realize how much you have to offer.
Start Accepting Yourself
All in all, self-confidence isn’t earned until you start appreciating yourself for who you are. Remember: confidence is a mindset. You control your self-perception. You can choose to see the positives instead of the negatives. Your confidence is a choice – so choose it every day!
Which of these confidence tips are you ready to try? Tweet us, @VALLEYmag, with your personal favorite.