Monday, March 29, 2021

How to Boost Your Self Confidence

Written for the Life According to Steph audience by Maggie Hammond. Proud mama to two little people, and has one too many furry friends. Passionate about alternative medicine, education, the great outdoors and animal welfare.

The way you feel about yourself can significantly affect how you live day-to-day, as well as how you react with friends, family members and professionals in the workplace. The more confidence you have, the more you are able to enjoy life to the full and not live in fear about whether others are judging you. Fear of judgement can have a dramatic impact on both your personal and professional life and may even hold you back from seeking opportunities. In this guide, we are going to look at just some of the ways you can improve your self-confidence in order to live a more well-rounded life.

Have a boudoir photoshoot

If you are constantly worried about your appearance, one way to overcome your anxieties would be to book a boudoir photo shoot. Taking this step is a major confidence-boosting decision that can prove just how stunning you are. A professional boudoir photographer will listen to you and allow you to choose the most comfortable poses and outfits you are happy with, to make you feel great. What is more, this activity will also allow you to experience a long-lasting effect on your confidence, as you can look back at the photos when you are having a down day – see yourself looking amazing and feel empowered again. 

Stop comparing yourself to others

It is easy to compare yourself to others – especially if you spend a large amount of time scrolling through social media. Comparisons are never healthy, as they can lead to feelings of jealousy and low mood. Notice when you start comparing yourself – whether it be in regard to affluence, possessions, looks or achievements and recognise your own attributes. Count your blessings and reach out to positive people in your circle, rather than negative ‘draining’ people who cause you to feel more miserable.

Recognize that the world is not focused on you 

If you feel an element of pressure to look or perform a certain way, remember that the world is not focused on you. You are one of billions of people on this earth, so there is no need to strive for perfectionism. Keeping this in mind should lessen any anxiety about what you are not doing right and instead allow you to focus on what you are accomplishing. People are far too preoccupied with their own lives to worry about every move you make, so concentrate on trying to please yourself rather than others.

Groom yourself

While it may seem a routine approach, simply having a shower and spraying your favorite perfume can work wonders for your self-confidence – and there is scientific evidence behind the matter. A study showed that 90% of individuals who wore perfume or aftershave felt more confident in themselves.

Dressing nicely can also have the same effect. If you work from home regularly, dressing in hoodies and sweatpants may be the more comfortable option but will not make you feel confident in your appearance. Dressing in your usual presentable office attire should allow you to feel much more self-assured and even boost productivity.

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