Special piece by guest writer Emma Brown
3 Ways to Build Self-Confidence
Many things can make individuals lose confidence in themselves. Fortunately, there are also many ways to rebuild it. Here are three things you can do to restore your trust in yourself.
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1. Improve Your Physical Health
When you feel healthy and strong, you are more likely to believe that you are capable of handling life’s ups and downs. Create a well-rounded fitness routine to ensure total body health. Strength, aerobics, flexibility, and balance are all essential. Work on improving your diet so that you have the energy to do all the things you want to. Simply reducing your plate sizes and drinking more water will help you control your weight.
Poor sleep can negatively affect your mood and overall health. Practice good sleep hygiene, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to ensure you get enough rest. Speak with your doctor if you are having trouble getting the recommended amount.
2. Improve Your Mental Health
Psychological well-being plays a large role in self-confidence. Find ways to de-stress. You might try yoga or meditation, and other relaxation strategies can be just as effective. Do something you enjoy that takes your mind off any worries you have. Reach out to a loved one. Consider learning a new skill. Doing so creates a diversion from stressors and allows you to prove to yourself that you are capable of difficult things.
If your work is a major source of stress, consider changing jobs. You might even decide to start your own business. Many older adults are starting their own companies, so remember that entrepreneurship is possible at any age. Keep in mind that data show that over 20% of businesses fail within one year, so it is important to make sure you have a workable plan in place before investing too much. Decide what services or products you can provide. Do market research to determine if that is a viable idea. Study the skills and technology necessary to succeed in the field. Create a business plan to work out all the details, and come up with an exit strategy for when it’s time to leave the company.
3. Build a Support Network
A strong support network can help you feel safe. That safety may help you feel more confident in your ability to handle whatever comes your way.
It’s often difficult to make new friends as an adult, but it’s not impossible. If you spend time with other parents, strike up a conversation at the park or during sports meets. If you don’t have children, you can meet pet parents while walking your dog. Join a club or gym to interact with others who have similar interests. There are internet forums and friendship matching apps (similar to dating apps) that can help you meet new people online. Remember that it might take a while to build a true friendship. Stay consistent and friendly.
Family members can be wonderful sources of support. Do your best to stay connected, even with long-distance relatives. Technology makes it easier than ever for families to stay in touch. If you have older relatives, it may be helpful to set up the devices and teach them how to use them.
Whatever the reason your self-confidence has been shaken, you can rebuild it. Take care of your health so that you feel prepared to handle all of life’s stressors, and build a support network so that you know you have people to back you up.
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