Boost Your Self-Confidence With These 7 Tips
If you're looking to boost your self-confidence and feel more at ease while tackling new challenges, We've got some suggestions that might help. Give these a shot and see how they work for you!
Confidence in yourself means trusting yourself to be able to do things and knowing that people are going to like you for who you are. If you don’t have a lot of self-confidence, then you might feel anxious about meeting new people or trying new things. You might worry that you are not going to be able to do something, even if you have done it before. Or you might worry that people are not going to like you, even if you have always been nice to them and have done nothing that might make them not like you.
Not having much self-confidence can make you feel sad. Feeling like this could make you miss out on things like having fun or making new friends. If you don’t have a lot of self-confidence, the good news is that things don’t have to be like this forever. If you’d like to be more self-confident and be able to do more things without worrying, then you might want to try some of these things.
Speak to Somebody You Trust
Speaking to somebody that you trust can help you manage these feelings better. You might want to talk to your foster parent about how you are feeling, and together you can work on a plan where they help you improve your self-confidence in ways that you think might work for you. Counsellors can also help with improving your self-confidence. You can speak to a counsellor or therapist about how you are feeling, so that they can help you get to the bottom of why you feel this way and come up with a plan for feeling more confident over time.
Be Kind to Yourself
It’s OK to not feel confident all the time. Even some of the most confident people in the world like actors on TV or professional sports people get nervous and mess up. So, be kind and gentle with yourself when your anxiety gets the better of you or if you don’t feel confident enough to do something. It’s OK. You can always try again next time. And if you still don’t feel confident enough next time, that’s OK too! There will always be more times for you to try.
Make New Friends
Making new friends can be a great way to build your self-confidence. When you know that people like you and want to be friends with you, it can be difficult not to feel confident about it. Be brave and try to make the first move sometimes when making new friends. Remember that other kids might feel the same way as you, and they might be hoping you’ll speak to them so that you can be friends. Speak to people in school that you don’t know and get to know them. Maybe you will just have a conversation, or maybe you will become good friends with them. The only way to find out is to say hello!
Try New Things
Trying new things and pushing yourself to do things that you might not have done in the past is a great way to build self-confidence. You can start out small, such as playing a game that you thought might be too hard for you or styling your hair a different way. Trying new things can be scary as people are not always very good with change. It’s normal to like things the way that they are and prefer to stick with what you know. But when you manage to do something new, it can be really exciting too.
Set Goals for Yourself
Setting goals for yourself can help you build your self-confidence by giving you something to work towards. These goals can be different for different people. Think about the things that you would like to do the most. Start with small goals that you know are probably going to be quite easy for you to do. When you’ve done this, add some slightly harder goals that might take a bit more work. Keep going, making the goals more and more difficult as you go. This means that you can do things bit by bit instead of all at once. When you start achieving the easier goals and succeeding at the things you want to do, your self-confidence will start to grow, making it easier for you to do the harder goals that might have felt impossible before.
Ask Somebody to Help
Even though it’s called self-confidence, the good news is that you don’t have to build it all by yourself. Having people around you who you can ask for help when you need it can be one of the most important parts of building your self-confidence. You should choose people who you can trust and who you know care about you and want the best for you, like your foster parents or your friends. If you are struggling with something, asking for help can sometimes be scary. But the more you do it, and get used to it, the easier it will become – and the more confident in yourself you will become, too.
Keep Track of Your Progress
Sometimes it can be hard to remember all the things we have done and achieved over time. If you want to build your self-confidence and are doing some of the things that we’ve mentioned to help you do that, then there might be times when you don’t notice something or don’t realise that it’s a big deal until later on. It is a good idea to keep track of your progress so that you can look back on how far you have come and the things you have been able to do. Journaling is a great option. Get a notepad or diary and write down what you’ve done and how you felt at the time. You can read this when you need a reminder of how great you are.
Struggling with self-confidence is nothing to be ashamed of. If you want to become more confident as a person and feel more able to do the things you want to do, then try some of these suggestions.