We live in a world where mass media, gender inequality and a strong culture of bullying can make us feel, for moments or days, like we should be better-looking, smarter, more popular versions of ourselves. So, it's easy to blame external factors like advertisements, degrading lyrics, Instagram and other people for our own feelings of inadequacy.
But the truth is that each of us can have a greater, stronger, longer-lasting effect on our self-esteem than the cultural influences -- negative or positive -- we encounter. How? True confidence actually grows from adopting various self-esteem-boosting habits over time. Here are some of the best ways to take your confidence into your own hands:
- Fuel your body with nutrition, exercise and sleep. First, good nutrition, sleep and workout habits help stabilize and lift your mood, naturally making you feel happier and better about yourself. Second, these habits give rise to the mental clarity and strength needed to really fulfill your potential and achieve your goals (see #2). Finally, consistent self-care also has implications for your appearance (you might find your skin clearer or your muscles more toned), and while feeling attractive isn't enough on its own to make you feel awesome all the time, it doesn't hurt.
What makes you feel amazing? Share your own confidence-boosting tips in the comments!
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