5 Tips for Improving Your Confidence

5 Tips For Improving Your Confidence

by Dr Emma Gray - 24th February, 2022
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Whether at work or in our personal lives, our confidence and self-assuredness help to make sure we are striving to be the best we can be. While too much confidence can be a challenge, too little can impact many aspects of your life, including your mental health.

So, how can you work to improve your confidence? We have put together a couple of top tips for you to try.

1. Listen To Your Body

We’ve all heard of the power pose, right? Your physical body can help you to focus your mind and give you much-needed confidence for that upcoming meeting or big date.

So, make sure you get enough sleep to prepare yourself for the day and practice good posture. While these actions may seem small in comparison, they can make a difference to the way you feel about yourself.

2. Positive Affirmations

When it comes to boosting your confidence, it’s important to start from within. The way that you feel about yourself can have a lot to do with the way that you think about the successes you have had in the past.

So, if you are dreading an upcoming event, try to think back to a time when you succeeded in your life or role. And, for an added something, try practicing positive affirmations in your mirror.

3. Changing Your Look

It may sound like a small consideration, but sometimes changing your look can help you to boost your overall confidence and outlook on the world. It doesn’t have to be big; a haircut or a change in the way you apply your makeup might well do the trick.

Whatever you choose to do, and however small the change you make, the process of switching up the way you look can be a cathartic experience.

4. Goal Visualisation

some much-needed perspective on the situation. Whether it is completing a big test, or running a meeting at work, taking the time to visualise the end result can help you focus on the aspects of the situation that you are excited about and not the considerations that are causing you to worry.

5. Do The Worst Thing First

When there is something big on the horizon that is causing you stress, it can seem like the easiest thing to leave the most worrisome part to the end.

But, sometimes, doing the worst thing first can help you to tackle the task as a whole in a more productive, happier head space.

If you are suffering with any of the issues discussed in this article and would like to seek professional help then you may find our Problems Pages helpful.

Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleagues once described me as a natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.

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