Building Self-confidence

Self-confidence is believing in yourself and your abilities. A healthy amount of self-confidence can help you perform at your best and generally feel good about who you are as a person. Some people naturally seem to possess confidence while others must work harder to build it. The good news is that you can take steps to develop self-confidence. Here are a few confidence-boosting tips to consider.

Practice affirmations.

Identify meaningful and motivating words, quotes, or mantras to say to yourself. The intention is to encourage and support yourself, especially through life’s challenges. Affirmations can be a daily or weekly practice depending on your preference.

Talk kindly to yourself.

Do your thoughts about yourself tend to be negative or critical? Your mood, confidence, and self-esteem tend to follow the direction of your internal monologue. Be mindful of your self-talk and focus on supportive thoughts that encourage a positive mindset.

Identify your strengths.

Everyone has personal strengths. What are yours? Focusing on things you do well (versus weaknesses) guides your energy in a positive direction. You can also rely on these strengths to overcome challenges, which can help you develop greater self-confidence.

Celebrate your successes.

Acknowledge the things you are doing well and be proud of the accomplishments you have made in your life. Validating areas in which you thrive helps you believe in yourself and trust that you can overcome challenges and be successful.

Surround yourself with positive people.

Who do you think has healthy self-confidence and positivity? Surround yourself with people who have positive, growth mindsets and make you feel good about yourself. You can also learn strategies for greater self-confidence by noticing the ways that they exemplify these behaviors and attitudes. Remember, it’s not about comparing yourself to others, rather it’s focusing on your growth journey and building supportive connections.

Do things that make you feel good about yourself.

Taking care of your physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive health are essential acts of care and compassion for yourself, which helps establish positive self-worth and self-confidence. Exercising, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, engaging in enjoyable hobbies, and practicing meditation and yoga are a few of the many ways that you can take care of yourself.

If you’re looking for further support with self-confidence, schedule an appointment with a counselor.

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