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The 5 Routines That Help Build My Self-Confidence

The 5 Routines That Help Build My Self-Confidence

Growing up, I had pretty low self-esteem and was constantly fearful of what others thought of me. Over the years, I have become more and more comfortable in my own skin. It’s not something that just happened by itself though – confidence is something that you grow and nurture, like a plant. I’ve been implementing some routines into my life that have really helped establish confidence-building as a regular act instead of just something I think about in passing, and I’ve been noticing a huge improvement in how I think and feel about myself on a daily basis.

Reading Uplifting Books

One of my favorite ways to build confidence is by reading books that are uplifting and full of tips on how to better oneself. These types of reads always put me in a better mood, and remind me that I am capable of achieving my goals and being the awesome rockstar I know I am inside. I try to read something encouraging at least once a month, so that I’m regularly being reminded of good things and inspired by extraordinary people.

Helping Others

Something that I’ve learned over the past year is that by helping others, you’re also helping yourself. If I’m having a bad day, I try to do something that can better someone else’s. It can be as simple as giving someone a compliment or reaching out to someone in need. Just seeing their sadness turn into joy will make you light up inside, and is a great reminder that you matter and can make a positive change in the world.

Taking “Me” Time

Regularly taking some time to “treat yo’ self” is so incredibly important. By caring for ourselves, we’re saying “You matter, and I love you”, which is crucial in a society that teaches women to tear themselves down. I love taking a few hours during the weekend to pamper myself, take a bubble bath, and paint my nails a new color. I also like to reward myself when I’ve achieved a goal or been working extra hard by treating myself to something special, like a new lipstick or some free time to play video games. Self-care plays a huge role in how we feel about ourselves and how confident we are in our own skin.

Focusing On The Good

I try to be as positive as possible, and am always looking for the good in every situation. Before, I used to pick apart my reflection and dwell on my imperfections, but now I make sure to only focus on what I love about myself. Doing this makes “loving myself” something that feels completely natural, without any struggle with body image or insecurities. I also do this with every aspect of my life – work, relationships, mental health, etc. The more you work at being positive, the easier it will get to realize that there are good things all around you!

Stepping Outside Of My Comfort Zone

A result of my low self-esteem is that it made me incredibly shy. I actually used to have anxiety about going out and being around a bunch of people I didn’t know, but it’s something I’ve begun to overcome this year. The biggest thing to help battle my shyness? Regularly (and frequently) pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I signed up to volunteer my time every Sunday as a door greeter. I strike up conversations with strangers that I meet out in public, and don’t stress myself out over trying to say the perfect things. I’m putting myself out there in an attempt to be more present in my everyday life, and as a result, have met some of the kindest people ever. As I’ve accomplished scary thing after scary thing, I’ve become more confident in myself and am gaining a growing excitement for life.

What do you do to build confidence?

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  • Sam

    Thank you so much for sharing šŸ™‚ Iā€™m definitely going to try these tips out!! Xxx

    April 19, 2018 at 8:13 am Reply
  • Rosa

    These are really great points, I feel like I need to do more to help my self-confidence.

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    April 19, 2018 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • Katie

    I found the last one really helps me… it’s really weird. Sometimes stepping outside of my comfort zone wants me to dive head first back into it… but I find it I get the perfect balance between sitting and home in my PJs with YouTube (my comfort zone) and socialising with people I don’t know all to well (i.e. making friends, outside my comfort zone) it’s what makes me feel much better about myself

    Great post!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    April 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm Reply
  • Izabela

    Great tips! The last one works the best for me, as knowing I’ve done something that used to scare me before makes me more confident when a new challenge comes.
    Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

    April 20, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Ashley Ziegler

    I think reading an uplifting book is a GREAT way to build self-confidence!

    April 20, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Lisa

    Loved this post. Most of us forget to take that me time and it is so, so essential!

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    April 20, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Tanea

    All of these really help, especially the self-care! I find that music really helps me too. I’ll put on a throwback playlist with some Nsync or something to put me in a good mood. šŸ™‚

    April 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Hanifa

    I’m growing up with so many insecurities even up until now. But I also try my best to build my self confidence so I can feel, let say like, happier with what I already have and what I do right now. I think what I need to do more is helping others. With that, we can be more connected to people around us.

    April 21, 2018 at 1:03 am Reply
  • Chloe

    I’ve been reading a lot of inspirational books and they’ve really been helping! Another thing I do is listen to inspirational podcasts or watch inspirational youtube videos while I’m doing my makeup in the morning, it really helps me get in a good mindset for the day!
    Chloe X http://www.chloelxuise.com

    April 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm Reply
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