5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Boost Your Confidence

Adopting certain habits helps to boost confidence and set yourself up for success.

Mar 23, 2019

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Believing in your personal power and abilities will drive you toward achieving goals. Many consider confidence as one of the most attractive qualities, making it easier to make friends and find romance. Entering an interview believing in yourself will not only land a new job but also increase the chances of advancing professionally.

While the positive sides of confidence seem pretty obvious, developing self-confidence isn’t always easy. Sometimes life can let us down and make it difficult to believe in ourselves. Adopting certain habits helps to boost confidence and set yourself up for success.

Practice Positive Affirmations

Sometimes we can get caught up dwelling on the negative, criticizing our failures, or worrying too much about the future. Positive affirmations can help refocus on the positive aspects of our lives and concentrate on goals. Taking up the habit of repeating, visualizing, or writing down what we love about ourselves, what we feel grateful for, and setting intentions can help boost confidence and improve chances for success. Researchers even conducted brain scans that prove how habitual self-affirmations boost self-confidence and also helps achieve future goals.

Limit Social Media Use

Sure, social media can have lots of uses. It helps us keep in touch with friends and family, gives a place to share photos, and can provide a source for information. However, many studies show the damaging effects of spending too much time on social media, especially when it comes to self-esteem.

In fact, a survey showed that 60% of people who use social media felt that it had a negative effect on their self-confidence. People often post the best moments of their lives on social media or use heavily filtered photos. They rarely share bad experiences to all online. This can deceive us to feel inadequate compared to other people. Therefore, spending less time on social media can help reduce its harmful effects and increase confidence levels.

Eat the right foods

Eating healthy foods not only helps to get the right nutrients but also boosts confidence for the mind and the body. A balanced diet and proper portion control help keep the body looking healthy and slim. In addition, fueling the body with nutritious foods improves brain function and boosts your mood including toward yourself. On the other hand, eating the wrong foods like too much sugar, caffeine, and alcohol can cause mood swings and affect confidence.

Set Aside Time to Exercise

Regular exercise has all kinds of health benefits, from increasing flexibility and promoting cardiovascular health to building muscle strength and improving our body image. When you achieve fitness goals by regularly exercising, you’ll feel a sense of achievement and increase your self-esteem. Not to mention, fitting better in those jeans will surely put a little pep in your step and have you feeling more confident.

Practice Good Hygiene and Regular Grooming

Grooming yourself properly can do wonders for self-confidence. Looking our best by wearing clothes we feel great in and practicing good hygiene helps to think more positively about ourselves. Dressing well and developing a personal sense of style will increases self-esteem and leaves a positive impression on others. Of course, proper hygiene will also keep us from stinking, but it will keep us looking and feeling good about ourselves, too.

ALLISON MICHELLE DIENSTMAN, CONTRIBUTOR
Working from her laptop as a freelance writer, Allison lives as a digital nomad, exploring the world while sharing positivity and laughter. She is a lover of language, travel, music, and creativity with a degree in Chinese language and literature.

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