We all have those days when we don’t feel that great about ourselves. Perhaps you’ve looked in the mirror and not been thrilled at what you’ve seen. Or maybe you’re sick of doing a dead-end job. Whatever the reason for your crisis of confidence, there are solutions out there. Here are some confidence-boosting hacks that will save your day in a matter of seconds.
Put your phone down
The last thing you want to see when you’re lamenting last night’s chocolate-fest, or you’re feeling insecure about your skin is airbrushed models frolicking in exotic ocean waves. Sites like Instagram are great for giving us ideas about fashion or interior design and enabling us to keep in touch with friends. But they can also be a major confidence drain, especially if you tend to be overly critical when it comes to your appearance. Unfortunately, it’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, and seeing perfect-looking people can make you feel even worse. Take a break from your phone, and focus on what the day ahead holds. If you know that you react badly to seeing images on social media or in magazines, try and spend less time checking your news feed. It can become very obsessive.
When you smile, you don’t just open your mouth and show off your pearly whites to the world. Smiling actually triggers a reaction in your body, which makes you feel better. Smile at yourself in the mirror, or flash a stranger a smile. Think about how much better you feel when somebody walks past you with a smile rather than a frown on their face. You can spread a little joy, as well as making yourself feel happier.
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Do a good deed every day
If you’re in the business of making resolutions, there’s no better pledge to try and uphold than doing a good deed every day. Embrace the practice of tzedakah, and try and help people in need. Buy a homeless person a coffee and a sandwich or sign up to help out at your local food bank. Offer an old lady a hand down from the bus or donate clothes you don’t wear to a thrift store. Even the small things can make a big difference.
Give yourself a compliment
Many of us are really uncomfortable when it comes to receiving compliments. But if you’re giving yourself one, you may not feel so awkward. We tend to be hard on ourselves, and really nice to the people around us. Think about how complimentary you are when you’re out with friends, or you’re getting ready with your sisters or your mom. You probably tell them they look gorgeous or ask them where their lovely dress is from. When was the last time you said anything kind to yourself? You don’t have to go all-out and tell yourself you’re the best-looking person in the world. But it’s good to love yourself.
Confidence has such a profound impact on the way we live our lives. It’s normal to have days when you lack confidence, and you don’t quite feel yourself. Hopefully, if you’re having one of those days, these simple tips will help to lift your spirits in seconds.