1. Wear things that suit you
Don't follow just trends. If you don't suit a certain colour, just don't wear it. Wear things you like and feel comfortable in. I have plenty of clothes but tend to stick to dresses or colours I love most. I also find dressing nicer, making effort with hair, makeup and nails helps when in stressful situations like a first day at a new job, an interview or meeting someone new.
2. Find hobbies that suit you
So many people keep up pastimes they feel they should like such as doing sports, gym or cinema, but the list is exhaustive. If you wish to be more creative, the internet is a perfect place to find something you might like. I want to do more creative things like scrapbooking, but also enjoy going to events like fundraisers, music gigs and seeing live comedian (although don't do the last two as often as I'd like) and enjoy watching films (new and old), writing, reading and doing yoga.
3. Be healthy!
|Walking my dogs is my perfect excuse to get active!|
I can't stress this enough. If you struggle to walk basic distances due to lack of fitness, you won't feel too great about yourself. You are also what you eat! Being healthy can be a huge confidence boost. I've noticed a big difference from cutting portion sizes, trying not to feel guilty if tempted by chocolate or snacks and keeping up regular exercise that I actually like.
4. Taking care of your skin
For almost a year, I changed my skin routine and noticed a huge difference. I have very spot-prone skin that can pop with acne or spots when stressed. I need to be careful to avoid fizzy drinks and limit sugar (although difficult). I have found things along the way that help such as Liz Earle products as discussed in previous post here. I didn't want to scare readers in that post, but here is my skin transformation:
Granted my after picture has me with eye makeup and eyebrow pencil, it is without any skin makeup. It shows my spot-prone skin with just one spot and minimum scarring from spots. My skin feels much healthier and never could imagine it looking like this - naturally. Now I just need to find a cheap acne scarring treatment...
I think everyday is a learning curve. It's nice to take time to learn and improve yourself. For example, at the moment I've started volunteering at a local charity to improve skills for better employment. I'm also continuing my battle to pass my driving, which will increase my independence and open more job opportunities
6. Take time for you
I try to dedicate Sunday to pampering. This means no makeup, exfoliating face, painting nails and anything else I want to do to ease stress.
Surround yourself with positive people, positive things and take positive steps. I'm not saying you'll be positive 100% of the time, but good to try. It will definitely make you feel better.
8. Make yourself proud
Setting goals really helps me. I set lots of goals every year that you'll notice from reading my new year posts. I like to feel I've achieved something.
I hope you like your tips. If there is anything else you do that helps with your confidence, I'd love to hear it. Being an anxious person I always look to improve my confidence as it helps makes me happier.