Do Something that Makes You Happy
When you feel good, you tend to be kinder and gentler to yourself. Don’t be afraid to take a few minutes out of your day for some “you” time, whether it’s in the form of a bubble bath or a trip to your favorite store.
Volunteering is a great self-confidence boost because you’re not just doing something active, you’re also helping others. It doesn’t matter what it is you choose to volunteer with, but pick something you love and stick to it.
This one may seem silly, but smiling is proven to boost your mood. More than that, when you smile, you’re putting your best self forward, which will have you feeling more confident in no time.
Change a Bad Habit
Bad habits like overeating or smoking seem too overwhelming to tackle. So, try changing a small bad habit. If you don’t like browsing social media in the morning before work, try replacing it with something more positive.
This is one of the most common solutions to a lack of self-confidence. Exercise alone can’t give you self-confidence, but it does boost your endorphins, which leave you feeling happier than when you started. Plus, when you exercise, you’re getting into shape, and that can also leave you with a better sense of self-confidence.
Tackle Your List of Procrastinated Tasks
Almost everyone has a list of small tasks they need to do that they’ve been procrastinating on. If you need to clean out the garage or paint a room, get on it.
Accomplishing things that have been hanging over you for a while will not only make you feel good, but seeing what you can do leaves you with a boost of self-confidence, too.
Learn a New Skill
This one can be tricky because if you pick a skill that’s too difficult, you might find yourself with lower self-confidence at not having been able to accomplish what you set out to do. The key is to pick something you think you can do. If you like to draw, maybe take a painting class. If you’re into knitting, try crocheting or cross stitching.
Know Your Strengths
Don’t forget about the stuff you’ve accomplished, and the strength it took you to get there. When you’re feeling low, it’s easy to forget that you’ve done many things you should be proud of.
Likewise, know your weaknesses.
If you’re realistic about the things you’re not so good at, then when you’re confronted with them, it doesn’t kill your self-confidence.
Having concrete goals allows you to have a firm understanding of what it is you want to accomplish in your life. Make a mix of small and long-term goals, which will help you not feel so overwhelmed when starting. Keep track of your goals and celebrate your achievements.
One thing a lot of those with low self-confidence have in common is giving up. If you don’t have perseverance and resilience, you won’t achieve the goals you set for yourself. So, focus on consistently reaching for your goals.
Remember that self-confidence is a journey, not a destination. You should strive to keep growing your confidence in little ways each week.
Mosline Farawu is a writer of spiritual and intellectual articles with a bias toward women's issues. She lives in Zimbabwe, Africa and is a mother, wife and career woman. She aspires to become a successful coach and counsellor to other women.