10 Quick Confidence Boosters

By , SparkPeople Blogger
From our partners at Woman's Day

Confidence is easily attainable and makes a huge impact on how others view you as well as how you feel about yourself. Try these instant boosters to put a little spring in your step:

  1. Straighten up. A recent Ohio State University study found that the simple act of sitting up straight and adjusting your posture can significantly boost your confidence.
  2. Note the positives. Look in a full-size mirror and pick five things that you feel good about, recommends Leslie Sokol, PhD, coauthor of Think Confident, Be Confident. Make note of both your physical attributes (eyes, lips, hair, nails, legs, feet, toes, smile) and your style (hairdo, clothing, stance, makeup, shoes, jewelry).
  3. Break a sweat (or not). Go for a quick stroll around the block when you’re feeling down. The simple act of exercise (doesn’t matter how long, how intense or how often) gives you an instant body image boost, according to University of Florida research.
  4. Get a haircut. Although it may seem trite, a new ’do is a quick way to feel better, says Sheenah Hankin, PhD, author of Complete Confidence. Changing your look or just indulging in a little “me” time can up your self-esteem in a big way.
  5. Schedule a girls’ night. In a recent Tupperware survey for their Chain of Confidence campaign, 85 percent of respondents, age 18 and older, said that a supportive network of female friends is more likely to make them feel confident in the long run compared to looking attractive.
  6. Lend a hand. If you want to build your confidence in a big way, volunteer for an organization or group that needs help, says Susan Newman, PhD, author of The Book of No. The gratitude you receive will reinforce your self-worth immediately. Check out VolunteerMatch.org or DoSomething.org to find an opportunity in your area.
  7. Look on the bright side. Think back to the most recent experience where you think you fell short or messed up, and force yourself to name a few things that went right, suggests Marci Fox, PhD, coauthor of Think Confident, Be Confident. Burned that batch of cookies? Maybe, but did you get to spend some quality time with your kids and finish a knitting project while waiting for the treats to bake?
  8. Make a list. Avoiding things that are stressing you out increases anxiety and cuts down confidence, says Dr. Hankin. Write down anything that may fall into this category, such as calling people back or paying bills. Start with just three things and do them today.
  9. Set a (small) goal. One of the most effective ways to build self-confidence is to break down large goals into small, doable action steps, says Sharon Fountain, president of the National Association for Self-Esteem. For example, if you’re trying to shape up and lose weight, make it a goal to eat at least three servings of veggies today.
  10. Try something new. Tackling something you’re scared to do or something that seems difficult increases your sense of well-being, explains Dr. Newman. A few suggestions to get started: Learn a new language, try flower arranging, take a tango class or register for a night class at a local community college in a subject that interests you.

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Great list! Report
Yes while a lot of us know these its good to print it out and post it where you can see it. Report
These are great suggestions, and I will pass them on to some family/friends who could use a confidence boost. Report
Great reminder - definitely something I need to keep in mind when I get in a funk! Report
This was "right on the money" for me this morning - EXACTLY what I needed to hear! I needed these reminders - and they might just help me keep my sanity this week! I'm glad we can "favorite" things and keep them for later use. SparkPeople is so WONDERFUL! Report
Some things that we are probably already now, but it is a nice reminder! Thanks! Report
Great list, I find going out to exercise, at the pool, with "the girls" really gives me a boost. Report
I like that this talks about self-confidence (faith in oneself) rather than self-esteem. Self-confidence, like self-respect builds a person up in a healthy way; self-esteem, well, it's mostly steam. Report
I go for a run just to point out to myself, I can do it. Report
Thank you for the reminder! So important to keep the positive things that are boosting confidence...and venturing out to try new ones! Report
I know this is going to sound strange, but I do a few push ups and lift a big heavy weight to help boost the old self esteem when it's lagging. I always feel better when I know that I can still do military style push ups at my age i.e. old hag. LOL !!! Report
Enjoyed this article! Thanks! Report
Such small things, really, when you look at each item, but they sure can make a huge difference. I'm with ELKARBNAV - keeping a printed list would be a good reminder of these easy but important things. Thanks for this blog. Report
It's funny how even though we know we should be doing these things to help ourselves, it is so easy to overlook them. I feel like I should print these out to keep them in constant view as a constant reminder. Report
I'd also knew most of them. The key is keeping these in practice. Report
Most of these are things I already knew, but needed reminded about. Thank you for the reminders. God Bless!! Report
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