No one enjoys being stressed, but we’ve all been there before. When we’re stressed, we’re less likely to perform at our best, but did you also know that being stressed has a direct impact on your confidence?
It’s true – your self-esteem can impact your happiness levels and either make life more or less stressful.
If you’re confident within yourself and trust that you can handle what is to come, you’ll likely be able to see difficult situations as a challenge, rather than stress-provoking.
Your self-esteem can majorly affect the way you perform in the workplace. So, how does one increase their confidence and lower their stress levels?
Feeling comfortable in our bodies and accepting ourselves can be liberating. Our bodies can make many of us feel vulnerable; seeing ourselves naked can bring negatives feelings from judgment, criticism, a sense of failure, or disappointment and can deflate our confidence. Yet self-acceptance is empowering.
No one is perfect, even supermodels feel flawed. Paulina Porizkova recently posted on Instagram that when she was what many consider the ‘prime years’ her 20’s, she felt inadequate and compared herself to other models. Interestingly, recently Paula also posted a liberating shot of herself completely naked.
Self- hypnosis works by combining being in a meditative calm state with the power of words and affirmations. Our inner dialogue to ourselves is enormously powerful, and for many, we mindlessly speak to ourselves in negative ways – harsh, critical judgemental voices. And over time, this becomes our norm, our internal reality....
Confidence.... it’s a trait many of us aspire to master. More than just a sense of self-belief, developing our confidence in ourselves can help with stress and overall mental well-being.
Firstly, confidence is not an innate or fixed characteristic, that you have or don't have. It is something you can work on and improve over time. It's also not all-encompassing; you can have high self-esteem in one area of life, and low self-esteem in others.
Managing our internal voice is an important step towards self-compassion and building a positive, more confident mindset for ourselves. How can you feel confident in yourself if you’re continually telling yourself you’re not good enough? Learning techniques to change your self-talk, and managing that inner critic is an important first step to improve your confidence over time.
To begin your journey towards increased confidence, start by paying attention to the voice that...