Body confidence is something that takes time to grow into. I know that as I was growing up, my confidence levels were never really that high and this was something I always struggled with. As I have got older, I’ve learnt to appreciate my body and with that naturally comes more confidence. It does take time and at the end of the day, it is all a learning curve. But with that in mind, here are a few simple tips that I hope can help you boost both your happiness and confidence in yourself.
Have a wardrobe clear-out
If you have been holding on to all of the clothing you have purchased over the years, then the chances are you have a wide range of sizes at your disposal. Many people use the smallest item within the wardrobe as the measurement for their success at being healthy – which obviously is not a healthy mindset!
At the start of lock-down I did a huge wardrobe clear-out and honestly it was so refreshing. There was literally no point in me holding on to items of clothing that are too small because they only made me have a negative response towards my body. So I knew it was time to get rid of them.
Go through your drawers and wardrobe and donate or sell everything that isn’t going to make you happy anymore. As Marie Kondo says “discard everything that does not spark joy“.
The same thing goes for your skincare and makeup collection. Now is also a good time to check your makeup bag and skincare products to see what needs to go. The chances are you have plenty of out of date makeup and skincare products. Discard things that don’t suit you or are out of date.
Once you have cleared out your makeup bag, why not give yourself a bit of a budget and get a few new bits. There are loads of resources online you can use while beauty counters are closed so that you can find out more about what suits your skin type and skin tone.
I know that for most people we all have our hangups. I for one really dislike my teeth so I got clear braces to help sort those out. I don’t see anything wrong with sorting out your insecurities, if that is what it will take to give you more confidence. Whether it is though haircuts and hair colour, or even going as far as a neck lift, microbladed brows (something I am really considering) or gel nails (always a good pick-me-up).
Something that has massively helped me with confidence is journalling. I like to set time aside on a regular basis to get things down on paper. Like all my thoughts such as things I’m grateful for.
Grab a new notebook and a pen and start thinking about what you have been up to lately. What has made you happy, what has made you uncomfortable? A strong sense of self is vital in order to raise your self-esteem and self-confidence. Don’t focus too much on singular aspects just yet but leave space for a drill-down later.
- What hobbies do you enjoy? Do you still do them?
- What was the last thing you did for yourself, and when was it?
- How have you been sleeping?
- If you could add something to your life, what would it be?
- What would you take away?
Think about what you feel would improve your life, and how you feel.
It is important not to dwell in the past and talk about who you used to be because we aren’t time travellers. You can consider how you want to move forward and look at aspects of how you used to live and see what might work for you now.
Hydrate and snooze
One of the best ways to feel great inside and out is to make sure that you are drinking enough water every day – an obvious one but it is true! Ideally, you should drink between 1-2 litres as a minimum. Being hydrated will keep your brain active, your skin looking great and give your body enough H20 to take care of all of your bodily functions.
Also make sure that you are sleeping when you are tired so that you get enough sleep to recharge. I like to use a smartphone app like Insight Timer (or you could use Calm or Headspace) or listen to playlists filled with nature music to help drift off.