Small daily changes can help you build, and keep, your self-confidence.
When you feel good about yourself and your abilities, everything else seems to come to you easier. But with the hustle and bustle of life, self-confidence can wane under the weight of daily demands.
While self-confidence can be built over time, it can also be reinforced regularly with small changes to daily habits.
Sit Up Straight
Good posture can project outward confidence to others, but it may also help you believe in yourself. A study from Ohio State University found that when people sat up straight, they were more likely to associate themselves with their own positive traits.
Help a Stranger
Helping others has the added benefit of making you feel good, but who you’re helping may make a difference. One study of adolescents found that those who helped strangers experienced a small but measurable increase in their self-esteem over time compared to those who only helped friends and family.
Smile Under Stress
Feeling stressed out? Crack a smile. A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that people who smiled had a better response to stress, even if they didn’t realize they were smiling. Need another reason to grin? Smiling also releases feel-good chemicals like dopamine in your brain.
Make a (Small) Healthy Choice
We all lose our self-confidence from time to time. The key is to find ways to bring it back. One study suggests that the simple act of reaching for a healthy snack (like an apple) versus a candy bar can help restore small breaks in confidence, as can other healthy activities like writing down what’s important in your life.
You probably know that exercise, especially high-intensity workouts, releases feel-good chemicals such as endorphins in your brain. But exercise also provides another boost to your mood and confidence. One study found that participants who engaged in any kind of regular exercise had more confidence in managing their work-life balance.
Be a Lifelong Learner
It feels good to master a new task. But that doesn’t mean you have to go back to the formal classroom. One study found that lifelong learners—whether they were picking up a new language, learning a new artistic skill or trying a new style of cooking—were happier in all aspects of their life and more confident in their social circles.
Do Social Right
Good friends and meaningful interactions can help boost your self-confidence. Social media can be a good place to have these interactions, so long as you use it wisely. Use social media to seek out positive people and connect with your real friends. Looking for a positive addition to your network to help get you started? Follow Mr. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) himself, Faisal Abdalla (@faisalpmafitness).