How is Low Confidence Showing Up In Your Life?Low Confidence can be masked as so many things fear, procrastination, shyness, bullying, hiding, laziness and even over confidence to the point of being cocky or a know it all. I can say that there are areas in my life where I lack the confidence that I would like to have. These are things that I am working on in my life. One of things for me that I struggle with is painting. It brings up a lot of stuff for me and I notice that I avoid it at all costs. I love art and painting was a huge part of my life, so I'm working on reincorporating that back into my life. We can have negative thoughts about anything in our lives from hobbies to looks. Here are some of the things that may help you build up confidence and shift to a more positive mindset:
Tips to Build Confidence and Stop Negative Thoughts
- Listen to your inner voice. Start paying attention to your thoughts. You can even write them down. For every negative thought, write 3 positive affirmations or reasons why that's not true.
- Meditation is something I do almost daily, if you have trouble clearing your mind or even hearing your thoughts, try mediation. It helps you to slow down and quiet your mind.
- What are you consuming? Online, tv, music, magazines, books… What kind of information are you taking in? Is it positive and uplifting or is it hurtful and bringing you down?
- Decide that you want to work on it and put a plan in action.
- Do It! The best way to get better and gain confidence is by taking action.
- Get support from friends, support groups, a coach or therapist. Whatever you need do that.
- Love yourself hard!! Take care of your mind, body, and soul. Speak to yourself kindly and give yourself grace, be gentle and loving to yourself. That also includes surrounding yourself with loving supportive people.
- Speak life! Make a list of affirmations and gratitude. List things that you have accomplished and feel good about
- Power pose like a SHEro before doing something scary or that you aren't so confident about
- Journaling is a great practice that I highly recommend because you can really express yourself and also see patterns of habits and growth.