How To Boost Confidence And Mood
We all know them. Those super confident, take it all in their stride, completely un-phased individuals. They walk into a room as though they own it, commanding attention with an authoritative but approachable demeanor. We’re not talking the cocky, egotistical type who quite frankly just love themselves (although readers, there is absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever in loving yourself, in fact, we actively encourage and promote you to do just that. Indeed, it’s one of the very things that will boost your confidence!) We are however talking that certain swagger, that, “I’ve got this. I know I can more than handle this situation” types. Scratch beneath the surface and they will probably all have something in common or rather 5 crucial things in common!
Chances are it might not have come naturally to them either. Not everyone is born brimming with confidence and overflowing with positivity. For most people, even those with seemingly superhero levels of confidence, resilience, and self-esteem it may well be a daily struggle. For the rest of us average humans, of course, it’s going to take even more practice, commitment and discipline to channel that confidence and build and maintain our self-esteem. Luckily, old self-limiting beliefs and habits can be superseded by new empowering ones if you just know what to do and how. So we’re investigating today 5 important Daily Habits that you can incorporate into your routine that will boost your confidence and improve your mood. They’re simple, effective and inexpensive so no more excuses that you need to have been born with a silver spoon in your mouth to achieve success and to be more assertive or confident. Follow these basic mood enhancing tips regularly, and that superpower can also become yours.
Daily Habit No 1
The power of the mind; why daily meditation is so important
OK, so first up we’re looking at the importance of meditation. Don’t stop reading now and think “blah, blah, blah, meditation, shemeditation. It’s not for me.” Meditation is for everyone. You are never too young or too old, too rich or too poor, too happy or too sad to absolutely, categorically derive benefit from the very simple and totally FREE act of meditation.
When we feel insecure, full of self-doubt and questioning our abilities and where we are at with our life’s journey, that can often manifest its self in ways you never imagined or associated with that negativity. Our bodies might stop working as we fall prey to overwhelming insecurity or crippling anxiety. You might even find yourself struggling to maintain a natural pattern and rhythm of breathing as that feeling of overwhelm takes over. At that point, you have stopped living in the present moment, and the most important thing you need to do is get grounded and take back control of your mind.
Controlling and channeling the mind is the most important factor in remaining confident and boosting your mood. It doesn’t really matter what you are wearing (although granted, for some women just the mere act of putting on a pair of stilettos and a slick of the favorite designer lipstick can bring them back into the room!) or how attractive you are. Confidence is by its very nature attractive, and your mind has the power to deliver this if you just take some time out to learn how to control it better. We’re not advocating sitting on the floor for an hour, legs crossed in the Lotus position, josticks burning as you Ommm and Ahhhh. Five minutes, on the sofa at home, back straight, feet grounded to the floor might be all you need to re-connect your mind, body, and spirit. We love the Headspace app which has bite-size guided meditation sessions for the total novice. You can select a time to suit you and increase that as you get both more confident, relaxed and start to see the absolute benefits of it in your daily mood. Honestly, if you’ve not tried it, you really don’t know what you are missing, so our first top tip on how to improve your mood is to start meditating today.
Daily Habit No 2
Release those endorphins; feel good, get fit, be confident
Next up in our guide to the top 5 daily habits for improving self-esteem, we’re talking exercise. Any kind of exercise will do. The important thing is just to get your body moving, releasing those feel-good endorphins. Who can honestly say that they’ve not felt better after exercise? It is such a great mood elevator. Whether you have a competitive streak, are working out solo and bettering yourself, or participating in a group activity that also encourages inclusivity and co-operation, exercise is nothing short of essential for building confidence, happiness, and self-esteem.
Let’s not also forget the obvious physical benefits that regular exercise is also going to deliver. Your clothes will fit better as you tone and tighten muscle, your shape and posture will be enhanced, and you will carry yourself with more confidence and swagger. You’re likely to be taking on more water too to hydrate yourself which will have a positive impact on your skin’s moisturization levels. We’re really not over-egging the point when we say that exercise is nothing short of a miracle worker. You’ll look better, you will almost certainly feel better, and ergo that confidence and self-esteem won’t just get a boost, it will be skyrocketed and propelled into the stratosphere. Watch out though, feeling good all the time can become addictive, and you might become a fitness fanatic. Would that be such a bad thing though? Sure beats sat on the sofa at home, crippled with self-loathing and doubt and grabbing for another donut now, doesn’t it!
Daily Habit No 3
Good Mood Food; the positive impact on your overall wellbeing of making good nutritional choices.
While we are on the subject of donuts, or not as the case may be, food plays a crucial part in regulating and stabilizing our moods too. You can quite literally eat your way into being happier and healthier and improving cognitive brain functioning which will in turn boost that self-esteem. And yes, chocolate is on that list, although of the dark variety, not the Diary Milk type. If you’re feeling a little bit down in the dumps, then comfort food really does work, but it’s not your Grandma’s stew and dumplings that we’re talking about.
Somedays let’s face it, we just wake up feeling a little bit out of sorts. Maybe we’ve not slept well (more on that coming up next) or were suffering from anxiety, depression or general grouchiness that we just find it hard to shift. There’s a lot to be said for eating nutritiously, and there are certain foods that absolutely are going to help and that you should get into the great habit if incorporating into your diet to lift your mood and in turn your general spirits. In no particular order, here are our Top 10 mood enhancing food recommendations.
Top 10 Mood Enhancing Foods
- Brazil Nuts– a rich source of the mineral selenium which has been proven to help lower anxiety, tiredness, depression, and irritability.
- Oily Fish– high in essential Omega-3 fatty acids which again can help boost mood and decrease depressive tendencies. We’re talking salmon, sardines, and mackerel all of which can help stimulate the brain.
- Bananas –full of amino acids and multivitamins as well as potassium and fiber. The combination of B6 and tryptophan found naturally in bananas can help boost serotonin levels and ease insomnia too.
- Spinach– Popeye didn’t just eat his greens because they were good for his muscles. Leafy greens like Spinach are full of essential B vitamins that again can help raise that feeling of energy and positivity.
- Oats – super low on the glycemic index, they slowly release energy into the bloodstream and help to keep your mood and your energy regulated throughout the day.
- Chicken and Turkey– again, like bananas, they contain tryptophan amino acids which create naturally occurring serotonin, delivering the feel-good factor.
- Water– we can’t live without water. Our bodies need to be hydrated to function correctly, and even the smallest amount of dehydration can impair our mental and physical wellbeing so make sure you are on top of your H2O! Preferably 2 liters per day.
- Dark Chocolate– it really is true. Chocolate does make you feel better. The reason is that dark chocolate by which we mean at least 70% cocoa, causes the brain to release those feel-good endorphins.
- Cereal– cereals are naturally low in fat and high in calcium which can help reduce levels of stress and anxiety.
- Lentils– like bananas, lentils are a good source of complex carbohydrate so produce more of that feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin. You’ll feel calmer, more relaxed and with the additional presence of iron in lentils, have more energy too.
Daily Habit No 4
Sleep; the restorative and confidence-boosting power of a good night’s sleep
Get more sleep! That’s also one of the vital secrets to stabilizing your mood and feeling more energized, happier and generally confident. We know, easier said than done if you happen to be a particularly anxious person or have a lot on your plate that you are currently trying to deal with. Do not underestimate just how powerful the therapeutic benefits are of a good nights sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping there are lots of things you can do. Meditation, of course, being one of them, exercise too so that you go to bed physically tired, but there are also some great apps you can download that will help you to understand and manage your own sleep cycle.
The aim is to go into the deepest and most tranquil stage of sleep where your mind and your body have the opportunity to actively regenerate themselves. At this deep subconscious level, physiological changes can actually occur that help your immune system to function better and to boost your overall health and well being. So next time your other half suggests an early night, we wholeheartedly recommend you take up that proposition. Better sleep will lead to a sharper mind, increased levels of self-confidence and generally make you a much more pleasant person to be around!
Daily Habit No 5
Channel your curiosity and be opening to new learning experiences
Finally, today in our Top 5 Daily Habits recommendations to improve your mood and confidence we’re suggesting that you continue to open up your mind to new learning opportunities and to retain a strong and healthy curiosity and an enquiring mind!
There are so many fabulous audiobooks to listen to, online courses you can sign up to do and literally tonnes of references and guides that you can peruse. Learn a new language, challenge yourself to develop an entirely different skillset. Use that daily commute if you have one wisely. Did you know that the average audiobook is about 10 hours long and a typical commute into work 60 minutes? That means you could listen to 24 different audiobooks a year without it impacting on your precious family downtime. Now just imagine how much more self- confidence you would have if you had all that additional knowledge? Challenge yourself and be open to new experiences and possibilities and you will undoubtedly see your levels of confidence soar to new heights.
It all starts from within and a desire for positive change.
Being confident and having self-belief is very much a state of mind and you can train your brain, even re-wire it, so that no matter what stage in life you are at, you too can become that confident, charismatic and in control person who people admire. The great news is that it doesn’t have to cost you any money either. Just follow our simple Five daily hacks and be prepared to unleash a happier, more positive and successful YOU!