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Five Ways to Boost Your Self Confidence

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Are you struggling with your self confidence? Perhaps your training routine has slipped during lockdown, and you’re not happy with how you’re looking. Or maybe you’ve suffered a setback at work – or even been laid off from your job due to Covid-19.

A lack of self confidence can make it hard to reach your goals, leading to a negative spiral where you feel bad about yourself, fail to achieve what you want to achieve, and end up feeling even worse.

Here are some simple but effective ways to boost your self confidence:

#1: Tackle Issues About Your Appearance That Are Bothering You

While there’s no “right” way to look, you might feel awkward or even embarrassed about some aspect of your physical appearance – and this can seriously dent your confidence.

Issues like hair loss in men are very common … and also a common cause of diminished self confidence. Don’t ignore this or assume it can’t be treated, though. There are plenty of options available.

Similarly, if you often get spotty or oily skin, that can be tackled too with some of these ways to clear your skin

#2: Set Yourself Small Goals … and Achieve Them

If 2020 has thrown all your plans off-course, it’s easy for your confidence to get dented. Perhaps you’re struggling to have much motivation and energy. Maybe some of your goals just aren’t possible, given current circumstances.

To boost your self confidence, get in the habit of setting small, achievable goals. Don’t try to plan too far ahead: instead, pick two or three goals for the upcoming week.

#3: Get Into a Good Exercise Routine

If you’re lacking self confidence, there’s a good chance that your exercise routine is slipping. You might have faced issues like your gym closing due to Covid-19, so it’s important to establish a new routine that works with the reality of your life right now.

That might mean planning out some local jogging routes, investing in some equipment to use at home, or getting family members involved so you can work out together.

#4: Eat Healthily

Perhaps you’ve been doing a lot of comfort eating this year … if so, you’re certainly not alone. But if your diet isn’t good, it’s going to knock your energy and your confidence.

Now’s a great time to think about creating a healthy meal plan and making some tweaks to what you’re eating. Stop raiding the kids’ Halloween candy and focus on protein, fruits, and veggies. You’ll have more energy, your skin will look better, and you’ll be back on track to meet your health goals.

#5: Recognize and Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Think back to something you accomplished recently. It might have been something small – maybe you went for a jog even though you didn’t feel like it, or you finally cleared out your closet. Be proud of what you’ve achieved.

Look for ways to celebrate your bigger accomplishments, too. Don’t just rush on to the next goal: take the time to enjoy what you’ve already done. Think of ways to reward yourself (e.g. a new pair of running shoes when you’ve successfully completed 10 workouts in a row).

It’s normal to feel a lack of confidence at times. What’s important is that you pick yourself up, focus on what you can control, and take positive action in your life. That way, you’ll boost your self confidence and find everything that much easier.

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