Daily habits that will help you change the way you feel about yourself. How improving confidence will help you get the most out of life and live up to your potential.
Our habits make up who we are as people, and even what kind of identities we grow. For instance, someone who runs regularly for a few months begins to regard themselves as a “runner,” and may become involved with local marathons, investing in the right footwear, and challenging themselves to meet intermediate fitness goals.
Furthermore, negative habits can have a destructive impact on our lives in the long run. It might sound obvious to say, but these can sometimes leave us feeling weaker, tired, and the momentum of such problems can be harder to unspool.
For many of us, how confident we feel and the means by which we appreciate the world around us can differ depending on our habits. If you practice gratitude often, for instance, you’ll begin to see a glass-half-full version of the world, even if that means keeping hold of your necessary realism to understand that bad things can and do happen.
If you’re low in self-esteem and it’s truly affecting your relationships, your insecurities, and even your professional capabilities, it might be that focusing on your habits is a good place to start. In this post, we’ll discuss a seven measures for rectifying your habits in the best way.
Exercise Or Stretch Each Day
Exercising and stretching each day is an important aspect of being your best self, and it really does make a difference in the long run. Not only does this help our cardiovascular conditioning, but helps us become more comfortable in our skin.
It can also help us reduce our stress, improve our mobility, give us more energy, and help our health in so many ways that it would take ten articles to go over them in detail. Moreover, exercise helps your confidence. When you’ve been tired in the middle of a run and have powered through it, or when you’ve lifted weights that morning, somehow, a meeting, or going on a date, or trying your best at a new skill hardly feels as intimidating as it once did.
As such, exercising, or at least stretching each day can help us develop a sense of physical investment within and for ourselves. You’d be surprised just what compounding effects this can have over time, and for the better.
Make Small Improvements
It’s good to make 1% improvements each day, week or month, rather than thinking you have to be the best person you could ever be right now. This means that the trajectory, or system of action that you take part in will help you grow, rather than thinking that you need to work flat out at every single task you accomplish.
Often, incremental improvements like this can compound and make a major difference. For instance, taking the time to learn more about hair loss treatments can help you start taking a medication or enrolling in a care program, which helps you slowly prevent hair loss or even regrow its thickness in the best possible light. Over time, this can make a major difference.
The same goes for small habits we hope to keep up with. Journaling every other day, for instance, can help us get into the habit of putting our thoughts into formatted sentences, on paper, and that matters in the long run. When you can achieve this, you’re much more likely to thrive.
Don’t Apologize For Your Goals Or Who You Are
Don’t apologize for what you find important in life, and what you wish to work on from now into the future. What inspires you to the point where moving forward and trying something new is ideal will no doubt be applicable and worthwhile to take pride in.
No matter how your hobby might look to other people, if it makes you happy and gives you a sense of constructive development, then that’s wonderful. Perhaps you’ve played rugby or professional football your entire life, but now you want to learn how to dance, and perhaps do so in stage shows. That can be wonderful, and when you have a skill and craft that you care about learning, all of a sudden this feeds the confidence you need to get out there and experiment more. It really will make a major difference.
Stand Up For Yourself
When we think about standing up for ourselves, it’s important to note that we don’t have to win every single fight. If someone makes a silly comment about you, or maligns you on social media, we don’t have to fight back with all of our force. We can just let it go, because we know engaging is giving them what they want, and in social situations it might just waste your time and escalate things.
What’s better is taking some time to stand back and stand up for yourself where it counts. Perhaps this means telling your partner to stop walking all over you, or considering your social environment and cutting out friends that never seem to build you up, only cut you down. Consider who you deserve to have around you, and how that feeds into your self-esteem. A small change here might make all the difference.
Try To Accept What You Can’t Change, And Improve What You Can
In life, it’s important to accept what we can’t change and try to improve that which we can. This is because no matter how strong or capable we are, there are certain considerations that we just can’t control. But we can choose how we respond to them, and what decisions we make from there on out.
Let’s consider an example. The Covid-19 pandemic was a blow to us all, and lockdowns, while necessary, were hard to deal with for many. But many people found that connecting with others online, trying new hobbies, and giving themselves a little time to rest allowed them to deal with it. We couldn’t change our external circumstances, but we could focus on the little lights of every day, and to become closer or at least more appreciative with those we loved.
In life, it might be that something is holding you back. But this can also be an opportunity for something new. For instance, perhaps you weigh more than you’d like. You can’t run like you used to, and working out is tough. But perhaps you could walk every day. Maybe that could help you feel five times better. Perhaps if you did this for three months, all of a sudden, running wouldn’t be so hard. Perhaps you’ll have lost a few pounds that help you feel lighter on your feet. As you can see, small efforts, no matter the resistance, can make a big difference.
Get Good Sleep
It’s hard to feel anything other than irritated, tired and weak when we have had little sleep the night before. Those aren’t the best conditions for feeling your best and most reactive. The truth is that we need to take care of our health not just to lose weight, but to feel okay, and as if we have something to be confident about.
When we lack sleep, our brains don’t function as they should. In fact, a significant degree of sleep deprivation is akin to being inebriated. You wouldn’t turn up to your workplace drunk, so why would you do so without sleep?
It’s not easy to think of self-esteem or capability or taking new risks when we’re just trying to make it through the day. As such, keep your sleep habits properly measured, and stay committed to them. This helps you avoid taking your health and presence for granted, and it allows you to stay mentally sharp.
Mind Your Self-Talk
It’s very important to mind your self-talk as much as you possibly can. The consistent beliefs and impressions you have about yourself will compound over time if you’re not careful, and they might not even be true.
A good rule of thumb is to think “would I be friends with someone who spoke to me this way?” For instance, let’s say you’re at a party, and you tell a joke that doesn’t land. Does this mean you’re stupid for having brought it up, or have no social skills, or didn’t read the room right?
Well, it might be that now wasn’t the right time and the joke was misjudged, but perhaps some people just didn’t hear you, or maybe they weren’t aware of the reference. Regardless, it’s okay. You’re not a worse person and this isn’t an indication of some great character flaw you have. If someone was at your side saying that this was the case, would you appreciate them, or try to avoid their cutting remarks in future?
It might be that when it comes to your own self-talk, you don’t moderate how you cultivate your own impressions. Try it, and see how you can flip around thoughts and feelings in a more positive or constructive way. That’s a powerful habit to get into.
With this advice, we hope you can consider and apply a few worthwhile methods of improving your confidence through your daily habits. It could make all the difference in the world.