Do you ever feel like your self-esteem needs a lift? Yeah, me too. I’ve always been a very positive and optimist person, but even I find myself feeling less than awesome sometimes. Here are my tips to boost your confidence and let your true personality shine:
Put on some bright or bold lipstick
It doesn’t have to be in public! My favorite lip color is a random pinky coral from my grocery store. I don’t even know the brand. When I need more confidence (like if I’m applying for jobs or prepping for an interview, or even when I launched the blog), I rock it at home. Lackluster day? Lipstick while you blog! Too many chores? Lipstick and vacuum!
I know, I know. Everyone and their mom says that exercise makes you happy and you’re sick of hearing it. But guys, it’s actually true. I get into these moods sometimes and they’re hard to shake. I’ll have no motivation and I’ll start thinking of all the things that might/might not happen. Then I force myself to stick to an exercise routine, and I end up bouncing back almost immediately. Not only is regular exercise good for your over all health, it also boosts your self-esteem and confidence. Take control of your health and your mind will feel it too!
Eat healthy foods and don’t overeat
I know how it goes (and I’m guilty of it too) – you aren’t happy with yourself, so you binge on crappy food to feel better. Except you just feel worse because now you’re off your diet, and whatever you ate might have even made you sick (I know first hand since I don’t dairy and will suddenly go on a crazy cheese/ice cream binge after months of not having it, and that is not a fun feeling afterwards). Eating well boosts my confidence because I don’t feel guilty about what I’m eating, and I also don’t suffer from it physically.
Listen to some girl power music
Whatever makes you glow and throw your fists in the air in solidarity with women! For me, that’s Sleater-Kinney and Avril. Taylor works, so does Beyonce or any other artist who makes you feel empowered.
Hang out with your ladies
Hands don my fave and #1 cure for a low self-esteem is to surround myself with confident lady friends. If your gal pals don’t make you feel awesome, find some new ones! Every woman needs a strong tribe to pick her up when she’s down.
So that’s it, my list of 5 go-to tips to use if your confidence is low and you need to get it back. What works for you?