It might be that you feel it’s necessary to work on your confidence. That’s quite understandable, times have been tough the last couple of years, and confidence isn’t something we ‘achieve,’ but rather a fire that we kindle over time. For that reason, a life knock, as we’ve all had to experience in the past year and change, can affect your confidence. This is much in the same way a breakup can, or a job loss, or losing someone close to us.
Yet most confidence guides you read will tell you to think your way out of it. When you’re anxious, that’s not so easy. In this post, we’ll look at things from the other direction, but showing you how confidence isn’t just mental, but physical, too. If you can understand that, then over time, you’re more likely to integrate healthy behaviors, hobbies and habits into your life that should aid you in feeling like your most dynamic, healthily self-assured state.
Without further ado, let’s consider a few techniques and tricks you can use for getting there. Let’s get started:
Assertive postures can help you feel more self-assured and confident. Of course, that’s not to say you have to T-pose everywhere you go, nor does it mean you have to become the most physically intimidating version of you when having a quiet conversation with your boss. But as this Ted Talk video points out, our posture, our willingness to take up the space we comfortably can, and the ability to practice these positions can really help us unlock the tools to feeling bigger, more dominant, more assertive, and more you. This can make a real difference going forward.
Generally, feeling in shape, flexible, and capable will help you feel confident. This is how dancers tend to move with such grace, and people who train in excellent martial arts, like Jiu Jitsu, are often found to be in control of themselves and carry their body well. Yoga can also have a similar effect. Strengthening and challenging your body to the degree that you can doesn’t mean you have to dominate others (in fact, martial arts classes teach you how to de-escalate violence more than anything else), but it can lead you to feeling confident and knowledgeable in your skin, no matter where you are.
Taking Care Of Yourself
The more you take care of yourself, the more you define yourself as someone who is worth taking care of. This sounds obvious, but it’s actually quite a subtle and effective means of slowly developing how you regard yourself. Stretching in the mornings, keeping a consistent bedtime, making good dietary decisions, drinking enough water, and exercising to the degree you’re able to on a regular basis will do more for your confidence than anything else can, including any self-help book. Take care of yourself – even if you don’t think you’re worth it. Before long, you’ll notice yourself walking a little taller and thinking a little more confidently.
With this advice, we hope you can see how confidence isn’t just mental, but physical, too.