Low self-confidence can hit anyone at any time. Here are some scientifically proven hacks to feeling good…
Be aware of your comfort zone
They say you should do something that scares you every single day – we say that’s a ridiculous idea. That said, we do think you should try to step outside your comfort zone every day. And no, that doesn’t mean you need to go base jumping every morning – it can be as simple as cracking a joke to the lady that serves you in Asda, or making small talk in the staff break room.
If you take even a tiny step outside of your comfort zone every day, what you’ll find is that your comfort zone gets bigger and bigger. The bigger your comfort zone, the more situations you’ll feel comfortable and confident in.
Concentrate on the best you
And tell that negative inner voice to shut up!
Research shows that simply pretending to be confident can dramatically alter others’ perception of you. So is it really just a case of faking it ‘til you make it? According to the next point, yes…
Work on your posture
Confidence reasons aside, improving both your standing and sitting posture should be a priority anyway. Sedentary nine-to-five desk jobs account for 80% of UK jobs, and all that time spent slouching can lead to some permanent long-term damage.
But your posture can also have some serious positive mental effects too. In Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, she explains how holding a positive body posture for just two minutes can stimulate the production of confidence-boosting hormones.
This scene from Superman neatly demonstrates the difference posture can make – Clark Kent goes from regular nobody to Superman simply by straightening his back – and you can too!
The reason why you lose your appetite when anxious or nervous is all to do with the ‘fight-or-flight’ response. You’ll probably have heard of this before, and it’s a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. Heart rate will increase, your hands will start to shake, your mouth will go dry, and digestion will slow.
But if you’re chewing before and during something you’re anxious about, for example, an important presentation, you can trick your brain into believing that the digestive system is in ‘active’ mode, which can sometimes prevent the fight-or-flight response from kicking in. Be subtle about it though – blatantly chewing won’t come across well in certain scenarios.
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