Easy ways to be more confident

Learn how to shush your inner critic & believe that you’re good enough

Ever feel like your own worst enemy? You’re not alone. It’s easy to get bogged down in thinking that you’re not smart enough, slim enough, funny enough... the list (in your head) may go on.

If you’re struggling in the self-confidence department, it’s time to take back control, tweak your thinking and show yourself some love. It might not happen overnight, but with a bit of practice you’ll soon love who you see in the mirror again.

Own who you are

Do one small thing each day that makes you feel confident. Whether that’s sweeping on your favourite eyeshadow, adding a pop of colour to your outfit, slipping on your favourite pair of shoes or spritzing your signature scent before you leave the house.

Not only will this act as an instant pick-me-up, you’ll also get a reminder to smile every time you glance in the mirror or catch a whiff of your favourite perfume.

Visualise how you want to be

They say fake it ‘til you make it, and it’s not a bad piece of advice, especially when it comes to feeling more confident.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t like about yourself (break that habit, right now), try imagining what your ideal version of yourself looks and sounds like, then take it for a test drive.

Be kind to yourself

Self-depreciation is so last year. Try changing the way you speak to, and about yourself. Give yourself some credit and your confidence will be creeping back up before you know it.

Stop caring about what others think

We know, this one’s easier said than done. Trust us though, the sooner you stop worrying what other people think and start concentrating on yourself, the better.

Forget about everyone else and you’ll soon feel heaps happier in your own skin. Plus, chances are they’re all too busy trying to sort out their own insecurities to be judging you on yours anyway.

Take care of yourself

It’s amazing what looking after your body and your mind can do for boosting your mood and your confidence. Eat well, drink lots of water, get enough exercise and plenty of rest – you’ll soon be springing out of bed each morning ready for another day of loving yourself.

Let it go

It’s easy to dwell on the negatives. How many times have you laid awake at night cringing over that time you made a total fool of yourself (four years ago), or gone to bed beating yourself up over that blunder you made at 11am?

Instead of punishing yourself for the things that didn’t go so well, try focusing on all the good stuff you’ve done. We bet you won’t have to look very hard to find plenty of positives – and for the rest, who wants to be perfect anyway?

Celebrate all the great things that make you who you are, because let’s face it, you’re amazing.