Confidence Crisis: How To Boost Your Self-Esteem
A recent study shows that 50% of women lack confidence. Moms, in particular, tend to face a significant battle with self-esteem, which many consider to be an “inevitable byproduct of taking on something as demanding and life-altering as having a child.”
However, working on regaining your confidence is essential in more ways than one. Firstly, you deserve to feel good about yourself, especially as confidence levels can impact your overall health and well-being. Additionally, modeling confidence as a parent is a great way to encourage confidence in children as they tend to pick up on and mirror our behaviors.
With that in mind, here are some simple steps you can take to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Smile as much as possible.
Smiling, even when we might not feel like it, is actually a great way to lift your mood. This is because it triggers the release of endorphins within our body, making us feel happier and, by extension, more confident.
If you’re self-conscious about your smile, consider cosmetic or laser dentistry services, which can help you feel a lot better, and smile a lot brighter!
Learn to love your reflection.
Another way in which you can naturally boost your confidence is by learning to stop fearing what you see in the mirror. Societal beauty standards impact each and every one of us – meaning it’s easy for us to compare ourselves to these standards and feel as though we are falling short.
However, the truth is, we’re all beautiful in our own way! Recognizing this, and embracing each and every one of your quicks, will help you to feel more confident in your daily life.
Take a break from social media.
Participating in a social media cleanse is another great way to let your confidence shine because it stops you from comparing yourself to others. It gives you a chance to recognize that there’s a world beyond edited pictures and ‘instagram-able’ moments – and also lets you realize that much of what you see on social media is fake or contrived.
When returning to your socials, try to unfollow any accounts that do not make you happy or leave you with feelings of self-doubt.
Practice Positive Affirmations.
Incorporating positive affirmations into your morning or evening routine is a great way to encourage yourself to be instinctively more positive. While it may take some getting used to, over time, you’ll find that this is a great way to boost both your confidence and self-esteem.
To get started, stand in front of the mirror and repeat three or four things you like about yourself. They do not need to be related to your appearance. For example, you can comment on the fact you are a good listener or that you’re intelligent. Each day, try to complement something different. You can also use positive affirmations at any time in the day when you find yourself thinking negatively about yourself as a counter-active measure.
As you do so, you’ll realize just how wonderful you are.