Confidence means feeling sure of yourself and your abilities — not in an arrogant way, but in a realistic, secure way. Confidence isn’t about feeling superior to others. It’s a quiet inner knowledge that you’re capable. Confident people: feel secure rather than insecure.https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/confidence.html
Confidence takes practise and our environment affects our confidence level so we need to cultivate it in our lives. Below are seven habits that you can incorporate into your routine that will help you feel confident.
- Go to bed on time and wake up on time: Wondering why your bedtime and waking time affect your confidence? It is important to get a good night’s rest and adequate sleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. You also need to wake up on time so you do not feel rushed and pressured in the morning.
- Prepare your outfit the night before: Take time at the end of your day to select an outfit that makes you feel and look great. Dressing up is a great way to boost your confidence and give the motivation to start your day off right.
- Groom yourself: ensure that your hair is neat and in a style that makes you look feel good and that your nails are not chipped or dirty. These simple fixes will help boost your confidence, and you do not have to worry about looking unkempt and unprofessional.
- Plan your day the evening before and visual your success: Knowing exactly what you have to do the following day and visualising your ideal day is a great way to prime your brain for achieving the next day’s tasks. Sleeping on it allows your brain to brainstorm and find solutions to problems that you need to tackle.
- Move your body daily: It is important to get movement into your day, whether is a five-minute stretch routine or heading to the gym. Our bodies need to get rid of the kinks and tension that builds up while we are sleeping for six to eight hours. This can improve our mood and ability to focus and feel great during the day. Your movement can entail actions such as walking, dancing, yoga, swimming, weight-training and many more.
- Strike a confident pose: sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. Stand in front of that mirror and practice looking confident. Stand tall, smile, relax your hands and take a deep breath and do the catwalk.
- Self-talk: what do you tell yourself every day? Do you believe you can develop confidence with practice? Do you believe in yourself and your abilities? Look in the mirror and say it with conviction: “I can do this. I believe and trust in my abilities. Failure is a part of success. I will pick myself up repeatedly. It is okay to ask for help. I can do this!”
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