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Simple Steps to Improve Confidence and Self-Esteem

Most people face challenges to their confidence and self-esteem at some points in their life. Luckily, some simple activities can help.

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Simple steps to improve confidence and self-esteem

We’re not all confident enough to hit the beach and go surfing…

Throughout the courses of our lives we face many challenges, some of which will affect our confidence and self-esteem. There are many ways to overcome these knocks, some of which are easier than others.

Here are some of the easy things you can do to help improve your confidence and self-esteem. You may also want to read more about resilience and wellbeing.

The list

  • Make a list of your strengths and a list of your achievements,
  • Think positively about yourself and challenge negative thoughts,
  • Focus on your personal hygiene. Brush your teeth, have a shower,
  • Wear nice, smart, ironed clothing that makes you look good,
  • Eat food you know is healthy and make meal times special,
  • Make exercise a routine and exercise vigorously three times a week,
  • Ensure you get enough sleep. Make this a priority in your life,
  • Understand what makes you stressed and reduce your stress,
  • Ensure your living space is clean and tidy and comfortable,
  • Make more time to do the things that you enjoy,
  • Tackle some of the things that you’ve been putting off,
  • Help other people. Be kind and considerate, even to strangers,
  • Share how you’re feeling with friends and family and get support,
  • Set yourself realistic goals and work towards them,
  • Spend more time with people you value who make you feel good, and
  • Spend less time with negative people or in negative places.
Sleep is very important, many people don’t get enough of it.

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The steps detailed in this post are all helpful for improving confidence and self-esteem. It takes time and commitment, though, to embed these behaviors in your life and to notice their long term benefits.

While these steps are all helpful, if you really need support please speak to someone who can help you.

Sources and further reading

Where possible we always recommend that people read up on the original sources of information and ideas.

This post is based on our experience and on our general reading. There are no specific sources for it.


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