Positive thinking is essential to self-confidence and overall health.
According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking has been scientifically linked to longer lives, lower rates of depression, increased immunity, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
We have been conditioned to think negatively, compare ourselves to others, and get stuck in self-deprecating cycles of worry. It’s all around us, in the news, on your Facebook feed, even in your home.
So how do you make the shift to feeling more positive and confident?
Start small, with positive and intentional actions every day. The more you practice positive thoughts and behaviors, the more confident and self-assured you will feel.
10 Positive Habits to Practice
1. Make a decision. Take responsibility for your decisions and actions, don’t consult with a friend about what to order at dinner or call your spouse when shopping for groceries. Make a decision based on what you truly believe is right. It will make you feel stronger and allows you to practice trusting your inner voice.
2. Clean up your news feed. Social media that is full of triggers, images, and updates can push you into a bad mood. Start following inspirational and positive thinking people or accounts. The more positive images you view, the better you will feel.
3. Focus on the good. Think back over the past week and write down every nice thing others said to you. Review the complements or comments when you’re feeling insecure.
4. Make a happy playlist. Music can physiologically change your brain and body. It can make you breathe faster, increase your pulse, and make you smile. Songs with a quick tempo and uplifting lyrics have been shown to be more effective at bringing out happy emotions.
5. Believe in your abilities. Everyone is special in their own ways, so believe in yourself. You will respect yourself more later on.
6.Practice posture. Hunching over at your desk can make you less confident and more insecure according to research from Ohio State University. Pull your belly button in towards your spine and pull your shoulders back when sitting or standing.
7. Give yourself credit for small, daily accomplishments, take a moment to focus on what you have done.
8. Exercise regularly. Exercise is the most important treatment for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Just moving your body will break up negative thoughts and boost serotonin. Healthy body, healthy mind.
9. Be grateful. Write a thank-you note, or call someone to say thanks for meeting with you for lunch last week. People who are mindful of the positives in their life, create more positive energy. Comment on a post you like, email a friend, or even write down what you are grateful for in the moment.
10. Try something new. Confidence doesn’t come from perfection, it comes from effort. Step away from your comfort zone and take up a new challenge. You never know what's going to happen, or how will you really feel, until you give it a try. Here are some ideas for you.
Remember, small shifts can produce remarkable results. The intention of building more positive thoughts and experiences will undoubtedly increase your self-confidence and self-esteem.
“I am perfectly imperfect. I strive for better while loving all that I am today. In loving myself today, I am better equipped to improve myself tomorrow.”
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