Category: Personal Development
Steps To Boosting Your Self Confidence
Everybody loves a person who believes in their abilities. They are not put down by obstacles and are able to overcome their fears. Self-confident people have an aura of positivity around them and generally are more satisfied with the state of their lives.
Here are some helpful tips to boost you self confidence…
Create your self-image
Don’t compare yourself to others, we’re all on our individual journey with different strengths and weaknesses. The truth is we never truly know what is going on with somebody else and while they may portray a perfect life, the reality can be different. You just need to figure out your path, everyone is great at something.
Keep away from negativity and focus on the positives
Make an evaluation and find out what is the negative attribute within your bubble; be it friends or family. It is tough but it’s important to cut any ties with individuals who undermine your confidence. Teach yourself to see the beauty in every situation, so maybe that speech you had to present didn’t go so well because you were anxious and nervous, rather than allowing that to dominate the experience think about how much your audience respected you for getting up and trying.
Don’t fall prey to failure and resist all the negative forces
Do not accept anything other than success. For every problem, there is a solution so don’t give up. This is the anthem. A perfect way of boosting your confidence is to look back at your successes.
Insufficient confidence is the result of a train of negative thoughts which influence your outlook. If you constantly beat yourself with depressing thoughts, like how you are not beautiful, you aren’t well-built and other such thoughts, you then become the negative thoughts you have. You are what you think. If there is a hint of a negative thought, flush it out with a positive one until you attain exceedingly great confidence, and keep doing the same.
Flip a weakness into a strength
The perfect way to build confidence is knowing your ‘flaws’ and finding a way of building that into something great. It isn’t enough to say that everyone is perfect and nothing can be improved. Focus on what you think may be a weakness and turning that into a strength. Have a self-reflection moment and work to improve what seems to be below your standards.
Create a powerful embodiment of yourself
Self-confidence does not come from believing that you are the best. It is also influenced by having an image that is good with social life, risk taking towards some goals, accomplishing your missions and being fulfilled by your beliefs.
Have the habit of reflecting on yourself and make important decisions on your own. This means that you learn to be utterly confident with yourself and act in ways that put success at your feet.
Increase your competence
How do you become more competent? By continually adding knowledge to your talents and practicing. The only way to achieving competence is to become competent.
Set an achievable goal
A common mistake that most people make is aiming for things higher than their abilities can adapt to. Instead of setting distant goals that will never be attained, why not switch that with something you can accomplish, and accomplish it. You will definitely be uplifted by it. Continue on this path, the more you achieve your objectives, the more confident you become as you look back at your achievements. Soon, you will be able to set bigger goals and add something bigger in your bag of victories too.
Empower yourself with knowledge
Self-empowerment is among the tactics you can adopt to boost your confidence. There are many ways to do this but the surest way is to increase your knowledge. This is similar to becoming competent. To become competent you have to increase your knowledge, have a thirst and hunger for knowledge, whether it’s reading or doing something educational that you enjoy, don’t stop being a student.
Do one thing that frightens you every day
The only way to tackle your fears is head-on. Doing something that scares you will gradually build your confidence as you add more experience. Get off the couch and face your fears.
Care for yourself
Self-confidence is hinged on all the aspects of health; emotional, physical, mental and social. It is hard to be confident if you dislike something about yourself and constantly have no enthusiasm.
Set aside some time to exercise and create healthy habits.
Having frequent workouts increases your energy levels and also provides some essential hormones such as testosterone and endorphins which can boost your confidence.
Self-belief does not imply a false sense of ego and being sightless to your shortcomings. It also should not make you believe that you are perfect and should do nothing to improve your capabilities. Self-belief should focus on how and what you should become. Know your weaknesses, be comfortable with them and add something to your own abilities.
Self-belief is a good coping technique when you face shortcomings and seeing them as they are, transitory obstacles and not the apocalypse. The important thing to note, as your self-confidence grows, not only do people have more trust and belief in you but you start to feel the same way about yourself.
Ways of overcoming fear and anxiety
What is anxiety?
Usual reflexes to stressful moments may lead to the development of worries and anxiety. This is crucial for our survival and being on point with every situation. Adrenaline, the flight or fight hormone, activates our energy reserves in order to tackle dangerous moments.
Adrenaline enabled survival of our predecessors to escape from stressful circumstances. Back then it might have been a wild animal. Today, we face even more complex sources of stress which are overcome by the help of adrenaline. Anxiety is only a problem when it is magnified beyond what it really is.
Managing anxiety or curing it?
Managing and curing anxiety are two completely distinct concepts. Managing anxiety is where you provide solutions in the spur of a moment to cure the origin of stress. This may be medication, meditation or finding a way through it.
Curing anxiety is the surest way of overcoming anxiety in the absence of any anxiety related disorders.
Who is affected by anxiety?
People respond in a myriad of ways to anxiety. Some remain calm while others are made completely incapable of anything. Understanding why you are suffering from anxiety can help put the problem behind you and make necessary changes.
Traumatising events can be extrapolated to show the origin of certain psychological problems. However, life events don’t need to be stressful to cause anxiety. Any shift in life can adjust how you adapt to certain changes that are required to be made. Childhood trauma can also influence the way in which you respond to future situations.
Some psychological tendencies can create a false feeling of anxiety, which increases the risk of developing similar problems. Also, moods can alter our perception and we may not notice how wrong our mental capacities are.
Guidelines on how to overcome anxiety
Anxiety is best alleviated by seeking the necessary treatment. Overcoming anxiety should be a mantra and not something done rashly and put off until you are affected again; in that case, the next attacks of anxiety can be severe.
When healing anxiety, do not try to get rid of the feelings arising from it, rather work towards bettering your coping mechanisms when you feel anxious. Coping with anxious thoughts is a sure way of conquering it.
Some forms of therapy prove to be very helpful including behavioral and talk therapies. Nonetheless, the following are non-medical tips on how to overcome anxiety:
Even though it has become a cliché, there is something good about exercising to cope with anxiety:
- It causes a surge of neurotransmitters which uplift the mood.
- Prevents anxiety symptoms by tiring the muscles.
- Gets rid of stress hormones that could lead to anxiety.
Exercising is the best way to relieve anxiety and should be included in your daily routine. The results of exercising also cover many fields and not just curing anxiety alone.
Some people tend to hyperventilate when faced with anxiety. This is common for people riddled with panic attacks, which also cause other accompanying symptoms that are severe and can worsen anxiety.
So if you want to stop anxiety before it happens, practice breathing exercises to soothe the body and prevent any likelihood of getting panic attacks.
Facing your fears
Running away from your fears only makes them worse. You will not avoid them forever and you should take them by the horns as soon as possible.
Visualise a happy place
Take a moment, close your eyes and imagine something that makes you happy. It could be childhood memories, food or being with someone you love. Let the good feeling fill you with positivity and calm your nerves until you get relaxed.
Go back to the basics
Find ways that help you to relax like getting a good rest, an activity that you enjoy, a walk in the park, meeting up with a friend or maybe just having some “me time”.
Sell yourself on a positive outcome
Have a positive outlook while evaluating all the possible outcomes for every good decision that you choose to make. Imagine how good relationships would be if you didn’t panic. When calm, you are inclined to make sound decisions often.
Don’t turn it into a disaster
Do not exaggerate any situation. This will scare you and you will cause everything to be a catastrophe. Always see things for what they are and not anything else.
Meditate or pray
Have something to comfort you when anxious. Be at peace with yourself and anything around you. When faced with negativity, repeat a positive mantra or pray to yourself. Focus on this and anxiety will vanish.
Visit a therapist
If your anxiety is bubbling over and it seems uncontrollable, there is no harm in seeking professional help.