We’re still at the beginning of a brand new year, and for many, that means giving yourself a fresh start. Whether you've adopted a “new year, new me” attitude or not, you might have some goals and resolutions in mind to help boost your self-confidence.
There are countless ways you can boost your confidence. A lot of it depends on where you might be “struggling” with your self-esteem. Maybe you want to feel more confident at work, or in relationships.
In general, though, finding the most confident version of yourself starts by taking better care of yourself. By investing in your overall health, you’ll look better, feel better, and start to see the best version of yourself come forward.
Boosting your confidence doesn’t have to involve anything “gimmicky”. With a few simple changes and/or additions to your everyday routine, you can look and feel your best. Let’s cover a few ideas to help you get started.
Developing a Skin Care Routine
One of the easiest ways to boost your confidence is by truly learning to love the skin you’re in.
If you don’t already have a daily skincare routine, now is a great time to put one into place. That doesn’t mean you have to buy expensive products or have an elaborate 30-minute routine to go through every morning and night. It’s about finding what works to make you feel and look your best.
The right skincare regimen will do so much more than improve your complexion. Research has shown that improved facial skin can:
Give you a better self-image
Increase your motivation
When you feel more confident about your skin, you’ll also do better at making positive first impressions. Whether you’re trying to move up the ladder at work, make new friends, or meet a new potential dating partner, first impressions matter. When you feel good about how you look, your initial interaction with someone will be stronger and more upbeat.
Everyone’s skin is different, so finding the right products and methods that work for you should be your priority as you’re trying to put a regimen together. Consider talking to a dermatologist about the health of your skin. If you tend to have an oily complexion, you might need products that absorb it. If you have dry skin, you’ll need a routine focused on moisturizing. Discovering what works best for you is part of the fun, and you’ll eventually land on the right blend of products and techniques to help you look and feel radiant.
A healthy skincare routine should only be a small part of your overall self-care regimen.
Self-care looks different for everyone, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to spend a lot of money or take a lot of time to “treat yourself.” Instead, find things to do each day that keep you relaxed and help you to unwind. Have you had a long day? Consider taking a warm bath with your favorite essential oils or a rejuvenating bath bomb formulated not to clog drains. Need some quiet time? Head to a cozy area of your home to read a few pages of a good book.
Self-care can also involve cooking healthy meals for yourself, exercising daily, and even taking the time to keep medical appointments to maintain your health. That includes regular dental cleanings. After all, who doesn’t feel more confident when they’re able to show off a clean, bright smile? Annual appointments with your doctor, dentist, or any specialists you might need to see can help you feel good about your health and give you the motivation to take better care of yourself.
Your form of self-care might look different than everyone else’s. It’s become something of a buzzword these days, adopted by both marketing companies and the beauty industry. But, it’s important to note that self-care doesn’t make you selfish. It’s necessary in today’s stressful world to find small moments of relaxation. Studies have shown that building your confidence requires prioritizing the way you take care of yourself. Self-care helps you to recognize your value and worth, so you see yourself on an equal playing field with everyone else.
As a bonus, it will help you to feel better about the way you look, give you more energy, and can even help you make your mental health a priority.
Speaking of which…
Managing Your Mental Health
Self-confidence starts from within. You can exercise, eat healthy foods, take care of your skin, and do as much as possible to take care of your physical health. But, at the end of the day, you’ll be more confident if you’re able to manage your mental health, too.
What does that mean, exactly?
For starters, try reducing your stress. There’s no denying we’re living in uncertain times. We’ve been dealing with a global pandemic for two years. Some people have lost their jobs, while others have lost loved ones. As a result, there has been an increase in mental health conditions across the country.
While conditions like depression and anxiety can lead to a variety of health issues, they can also make you look and feel fatigued. Your mental wellness has a direct impact on things like your skin health, and it can also affect your weight, and even contribute to hair loss.
While you may not be able to eliminate stress from your life completely, there are things you can do every day to get it under control. The more you’re able to manage your mental health, the more empowered and confident you’ll feel. Try some of these techniques to get started:
Reduce your stress “triggers”
Write in a journal
Set personal boundaries
To be the most confident version of yourself, it’s important to take care of both your mind and body. When you put in the time and effort to practice general wellness, your self-esteem can skyrocket. Now that we’re in the thick of a brand new year, take this “fresh start” as an opportunity to boost yourself up, and let the rest of the world see you shine.