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5 Ways to Become More Confident

Updated on May 23, 2017
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1. Eat healthier and exercise

I know, I know. I'm a couch potato, too. But, there is science to back this. When you exercise or work out, your brain secretes this handy little chemical called endorphins that go on to react with receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain; these endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in your body, kind of like how morphine works. Not only that, but, eating better and exercising is one of the absolute best ways to improve your self-image. You'll look better which will, in turn, make you feel better.

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2. Change your appearance

This is my tried and true way or getting myself out of a self-loathing funk. Coloring your hair or trying a new haircut, changing up your clothing style, or even changing your makeup in the slightest can give you the confidence you need. For example, I, not too long ago, cut all of my hair off, from about breast-level to above my ears in just a few chops. I know, it's enough to make anyone shudder and hide in the corner. But, actually, it was one of the best things I've ever done (beauty-wise). I've never felt more confident than when I've had my hair cut short. My cheekbones, jawline, and collarbones stick out more and are, dare I say it, damn good looking. Now, I'm not saying you have to something quite as drastic as I did (you could, of course, I believe in you!), but do tweak your look here and there. You'll thank me later.

I used to think that confidence came from what others thought about me - but now I realize [it] comes from what I feel about myself.

— Demi Lovato
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3. Make a list

One place to start is to stop focusing on the bad about yourself. Yo may think that you have a big nose or weird chin, but I also bet that you have beautiful eyes and a drop-dead smile. What I recommend is, make a list of everything you like about yourself (I know, this has been said time and time again, but for good reason: it works) and really give it thought, Not just your appearance, but also your personality. After you've made your list, really take the time to assess it.

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4. Think more positive

Kill those negative thoughts! Kill 'em! Another great trick to better your self-confidence is to think more positive. Yeah, better said than done, right? It might take some work, and with the right effort, you'll be becoming more confident in no time! You need to become more aware of how you think. Maybe you're quick to point out your shortcomings or you frequently point out your own flaws. Stop that! Right now! As you become more aware of your negative way of thinking, it'll become easier to replace these negative thoughts with lovely, positive ones.

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5. Be kind

I don't know about you, but that feeling I get when I help someone else, it's indescribable. I know, it sounds so cliche, but hear me out. Helping out at your local homeless shetler, or someone stuck on the side of the road, or maybe someone who doesnt have enough cash on them to pay for their groceries. These are are all perfect example of helping others that can help you feel better about yourself. Even if you don't need a boost of confidence, go be a good person!

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Conlusion

I understand that, sometimes, self-confidence can be a hard thing to come by. But by making simple things in your everyday life, you'll notice a huge change in your state of mind. How I like to think is: I am a lion. Strong, proud, majestic. I recommend you find yourself a personal mantra for days you may need the reassurance.

Happy reading!

Kinberlyn

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