Positive self-esteem gives you the power to achieve anything. Here’s how to boost self confidence and take on any challenge.

Feeling down? There’s no need to wait for the next big opportunity to lift yourself up. Here are 10 powerful ways to boost self confidence that will lift your spirits and your belief in yourself in no time.

Powerful Ways to Boost Self Confidence

Keep your head up

Our brains look to our posture for cues on how to feel. For an instant confidence boost, stand up straight and smile.

Our brains look to our posture for cues on how to feel. For an instant confidence boost, stand up straight and smile.

For an instant confidence boost, change your posture. Studies show that your brain takes its cues from your posture, and looks to it to determine how it should feel. Additionally, research suggests that people who exhibit confident postures are more able to identify their positive qualities.

Stand up straight, and smile. Not only will smiling help you feel better, but it will send other people the message that you are confident and assertive. Studies show that standing for two minutes in a power pose can help you feel 40 percent more powerful than sitting with your arms crossed.

Celebrate successes

We tend to focus more on our failures and mishaps than our successes. If you tend to replay a negative exchange or event in your head over and over, but never celebrate your successes, it’s time to try to shift your habit.

Celebrating successes – even small ones – can boost self confidence and give you motivation to keep moving forward. The next time something positive happens due to your hard work, commitment or talent, treat yourself. It could be a small indulgence, such as a happy hour with a friend, or something on a larger scale. If every time you accomplish something great you put $25 extra into your savings account, imagine the long weekend you could take at the end of the year to celebrate!

Start a smile folder

Among your slew of email folders, add one that simply has a smiley face as its name. When compliments come in, tuck them away in the folder for a rainy day.

Among your slew of email folders, add one that simply has a smiley face as its name. When compliments come in, tuck them away in the folder for a rainy day.

It’s easy to forget all of the little, positive notes we receive from friends and colleagues each day. One easy way to keep them top of mind is to add a folder to your email folders that simply has a smiley face as its name. When a “good job” or “I love you” note comes in, tuck it away in the folder for a rainy day.

Practice self care

Imagine trying to run a car on empty gas tank, with oil that has never been changed. It simply would not run. Our bodies are the same way. Without proper care, there is no way you can feel your best or operate at top efficiency.

Taking some time for self care can be a powerful way to boost self confidence. Consider what really recharges and rejuvenates you. Is it time alone in a hot bubble bath? Time with friends on a hike or picnic? Be sure to set a goal to incorporate some form of self care into your daily life. If you need to, schedule it on your calendar. Feeling great – and surrounding yourself with people who lift you up – will help you regain your confidence and reignite your internal spark.

Get some exercise

Exercise lowers our risk of serious diseases and makes our hearts and bones stronger. One study that looked at our sense of physical self worth found that exercise increases self esteem in both men and women. Exercising boosts our perception of our physical attractiveness, increases feelings of competence and provides us with a positive mental outlook. Some studies suggest that just 20 minutes of exercise can boost our mental outlook for up to 12 hours.

Don’t have time for the gym? Just shaking your body out and getting some extra movement may be enough to get your blood pumping and boost self confidence.

Make sleep a priority

Running on too-little sleep can have serious detrimental effects on your mental and physical health. Just one night of disrupted sleep lowers our threshold for what experts call “stress perception” – our ability to identify and manage stress.

When you have too little sleep for weeks on end, the smallest things can seem overwhelming. A recent study found that staying awake for extended periods of time kills brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans. In order to feel your best, get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

Talk to yourself like you would a friend

How would your friend talk to you? How would you talk to your friend if they were going through what you are? Try to quell negative self talk and replace it with love and kind thoughts.

How would your friend talk to you? How would you talk to your friend if they were going through what you are? Try to quell negative self talk and replace it with love and kind thoughts.

In addition to damaging your self-esteem, excessive negative self talk can lead to a perpetual cycle of low confidence and missteps. If you’ve ever made a mistake and felt badly about it, and later made a bad decision or missed an opportunity because you were afraid you couldn’t achieve or manage it, you know how that feels.

Instead, try to catch yourself when you are saying hurtful things in your head and consider what your best friend or number one fan would replace it with. If that doesn’t help, consider what you would tell your best friend or partner if he or she were going through what you are going through. Chances are it would be much kinder than the way you talk to yourself.

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