By: Anna Segal
Self-confidence cannot come from somebody else’s validation; It has to come from within. We all struggle with finding our inner confidence, and it can be one of the most challenging things to do. Through some of my experiences, including trial-and-errors, I’ve come up with some of my favorite ways to start my self-confidence journey.
Taking care of yourself: This can be done in a number of ways, but two methods that have truly helped me are eating foods that nourish my body and moving my body every day. Eating well-balanced meals has become a big help in how I feel about myself because I have much more energy and feel confident in the way I look. To get my body moving, I try to work out every day. One thing I recommend is sticking to a fun routine that motivates you. However, working out is not everyone’s thing, so another thing I recommend is going for walks. Walks are a great way to exercise and get your body moving. Both of these habits always boost my mood, and I start to feel more confident in my appearance.
Affirmations: I love to write down my affirmations because they empower me so much more once they are written down on a page. Affirmations are a great way to start changing how you speak to yourself and build up your confidence.
Stop comparing yourself to others: Although we do this naturally, it’s important to remember that what somebody posts on social media is usually a highlight of their life and not the full picture. You never know what someone goes through behind the screen. Something I recommend is spending less time on social media, starting off with using time limits.
Change the language you use: Our inner critics are helpful in some ways but harmful in others. It can make us think so negatively about ourselves that we start to believe judgments that aren't true. Speaking more positively towards yourself is extremely important but challenging. Start with small everyday phrases and work your way up to the harder ones.