Even if you feel okay about yourself, scrolling through Instagram and seeing everyone’s toned bodies on their #travelgoals trips can be enough to shake your confidence. And research actually shows that the more time people spend on Facebook, the lower their self-esteem, so it’s not just us. But you can’t let social media win, so try these tactics to stop a self pity spiral and boost your confidence right now.
- List all the cool stuff your body has helped you do - When you’re checking yourself out in the mirror, think about all the stuff it can do instead of what you don’t like about it.
- Talk about your butt - Or any body part, just pick one that you love and talk about it out loud. Does it seem a little silly? Sure, but body image expert Robyn Silverman says saying positive things out loud instead of negative ones is a powerful tool in fighting body image issues.
- Make a Google doc of all your wins - Sometimes it’s hard to remember the good things about yourself when you’re feeling really down, so start a “victory file.” Every time you get a compliment or accomplish something you’re proud of, keep track of it and use it to remind you of your successes.
- Adopt affirmations—yes, really - Find something positive you can repeat to yourself to remind you that you’re amazing. It can be as simple as “I can do anything I set my mind to,” and just repeat it until you feel like a “confidence ninja.”
- Do nice stuff - Doing good things for others helps you feel good about yourself, so it’s a win-win.
- Talk to yourself like a true BFF - Give yourself the pep talk that you’d give your bestie. And when you catch yourself beating yourself up about something you see in the mirror, ask yourself: “Would I say this to my best friend, sister, or mom?” If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be talking to yourself that way either.
- Fake it 'til you make it - Even if you’re not fully sure of yourself yet, make eye contact, smile, give a firm handshake, sit up straight and accept compliments, so others see you as confident, which will help boost your confidence.
Source: Women's Health