Many factors can lower the self-esteem. Fortunately, there are numerous confidence building exercises which can remind you of your worth.
Confidence building exercises are useful for all of us, even if we understand our worth. Truthfully, there should be nothing which can shake this worth, but it does happen. No one is perfect.
Shaken confidence is no fault of our own, however, we must learn how to stand proudly in who we are. After all, the pursuit of goals and dreams depends heavily on self-confidence. For those who are still on the journey to self-love, this one’s for you.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
Ways to build self-confidence
There comes a time in life when we let our guards down. Whether it’s for love or embarking upon a new career, we grow softened. During this time, our self-esteem can be placed in the hands of others. When love is lost, or career choices fall through, our self-esteem can take a hit like no other.
There are a few techniques or confidence building exercises designed to restore your worth so you can move forward.
1. Positive thinking
Yes, I know this suggestion has been overused, but it does work. The way to take advantage of positive thinking is just practice. Change one thought at a time from a negative to a positive one. There’s no need to bombard your entire mindset with “pure thoughts” and nothing else. Just take it slow and introduce a little light into the darkness.
2. Adjust your posture
It’s a fact that adjusting your posture can actually improve your self-esteem. Here’s how it works: Low self-esteem makes you lower your head when talking to others or even walking around. So, raising your head and straightening your back will help you assert your presence thus improving self-confidence almost instantly.
3. Get to know yourself
One of the best ways to battle low self-confidence is to meet yourself. I mean really learn what you like, what you hate and what makes you lose yourself in uninhibited bliss. Learn all these things about yourself separate from any other person.
This is the contents of the real you. When you know yourself, you will not be easily fooled by the insults of the enemy.
4. Practice smiling
I know it’s hard to smile when you feel like crying, I get that. On the other hand, forcing a smile can change chemicals in your body. The more you practice smiling, the more you will want to smile and your self-confidence will be boosted quite a bit.
5. Be kind
Being nice to others, despite how you feel about yourself, is always a great way to boost self-esteem. Try helping someone, either buy food or take care of others, and you will see yourself in a positive light.
After all, how can a truly bad person want to be kind? Practice helping others as much as possible, and this will help you and them as well.
6. Stay true to your principles and standards
No matter what happens in life, always stay true to what you believe in. This helps you build your self-confidence and shows others your worth. Not only does it place a positive influence in your life, but it also reveals your boundaries and strengths so others will respect you.
7. Recognize triggers
One of the confidence building exercises that have been proven most beneficial is the ability to recognize triggers. There are certain things which can attack your self-esteem without warning.
However, if you can learn to avoid the triggers before they happen, you can also avoid a huge hit on your confidence. Pay attention to the things which seem to bring you down the most and learn to stay away from these things.
8. Avoid negative influences
No matter how much you love someone, if they are a negative influence in your life, you must avoid spending too much time with them. Their negativity will only add to your floundering self-esteem.
You can make sure they know you care, but you must limit personal time with them. Only after your self-confidence has been repaired can you allow them back into your day to day life.
9. Separate thoughts from reality
Here’s a different way to combat self-depreciating thoughts. Try writing down your negative thoughts and then just look at what you wrote. Understand that these are only words and have no power over how you feel about yourself.
When you can do this you will gain power and a higher view of your self-image.
10. Take care of yourself
Don’t forget to start taking better care of yourself. This could mean exercise, putting on makeup or trying on new clothes. Every time you choose to spend time on yourself, you’re saying, “ I love me”, and “I am worth something.”
It doesn’t matter who else sees your worth, what matters is that you see it and you appreciate what you have to offer. Taking care of ourselves just seems to give us that extra boost to try harder.
You are worth it!
No matter what people say or what life throws at us, we are worth love and appreciation. Also, if someone is treating you negatively, know that their actions are a reflection of them and not you.
Maybe, just maybe, they have a low self-esteem and instead of trying to get better, they rather tear someone else down. You see!
I hope this helps you learn how to love yourself better and these confidence building exercises become a part of your daily routine. Take care.
By Sherrie H.