Confidence doesn’t always come easy. This is normal. Even the most confident people in the world struggle with loving who they are. However, even on the hardest days, there are ways to boost your confidence. Here’s how I boost mine.
- Read and reread the books that make you happy. Who cares if you obsess over the characters? Sometimes we can relate to the characters more than we can relate to other people. And sometimes, those characters make good friends.
- You should wake up early in the morning before the sun is up. There is a certain unspoken peace about watching the sunrise. Or if you’re absolutely not a morning person, get up in the evening and go for that run you have been putting off, to end your day. You will feel happier with yourself.
- As weird as this is… bear with me… buy yourself nice underwear and wear it when you’re feeling down. It will boost your mood, I swear!
- Eat as healthy as possible, because you’ll feel really good about yourself and your health. You’re treating yourself well, and because of this, you’ll feel better about your self-image. But don’t become too serious about this. Everyone needs a cheat day once-in-a-while.
- Be kind to everyone, even your enemies. You never know what their story is; you’ve never walked in their shoes. While I’m on this note, compliment a stranger! To them, it could mean more than just a compliment. Boosting someone else’s confidence is like giving a gift at Christmas.
- This one is really important: introduce yourself. Start up a random conversation with someone at the bus stop, or with the person standing next to you in line at the store. You never know, you guys could become good friends! And if that seems a little too far-fetched, those conversations (whether I start them, or others start them) often make my day.
- Go out to a random cafe and observe the people walking by as you sip your tea or coffee. Observing the world around you helps you take your mind off of your world.
- Read. A lot. Whether it’s fiction, biographies, the news, etc.… But don’t just read, learn too. Read between the lines of your favorite fiction novels, learn about past and current events, learn about astronomy, food, music, and whatever else piques your interests. If you’re up for it, learn a new language! Intelligence is important, because no one can take it away from you. Knowledge will stay with you forever.
- Watch the sunset and get lost in the earth’s colors. Gaze up at the stars. Get out of town every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be a vacation, just a moment to escape. Learn to enjoy nature, and learn to fall in love with what’s around you.
- Dance around and sing at the top of your lungs! Go to concerts, art galleries, and festivals.
- The saying, “keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer?” Throw that away! Keep your family and friends as close to you as you possibly can. Because when your whole world comes crashing down, they will be there to catch you. And there is no better feeling than when you feel broken and the people that you pushed away, (while you were in the pursuit of what you thought was more important) come rushing to put you back together.
- Say a prayer when you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or when you just need to talk to somebody. It’s helpful to know that God has a plan for you, and praying to Him for help or guidance will bring you peace. If you’re not religious, do some deep breathing and quiet meditation. You’ll feel more relaxed and at ease.
Life is meant to be lived, not controlled by societal norms. You are meant to write the story of your life. Live it. Love it. Be thankful for it. But most of all, be happy while you live it.