In times like these, it’s easy to lose sight of what gives you your confidence on a daily basis. The world can often feel like it’s conspiring to grind you down, and while that’s not true, there are certainly a lot of competing forces that are fighting for your time and attention, and those forces often don’t have your best interests at heart. When you’re starting to feel down and tired, it’s important to boost your confidence and your self-worth so that you can be the best version of you. Here are 10 self-improvement tips to elevate your confidence and help you get through bad days.
Table of Contents
1. Start exercising
Don’t get us wrong; you shouldn’t start exercising simply because you want to “look better”. The body positivity movement has shown us that there are a range of different body types, and nothing is “right” or “wrong”. However, there are also undeniable, tangible benefits to physical fitness, so exercising will help with both your physical and mental health. If you’re new to exercising, simply start with a 30-minute walk each day; even this will help you tremendously.
2. Start that business
Have you been sitting on a great business idea? Well, it might be time to finally turn that dream into a reality. After all, there will never be a “perfect” time to start your business, so you should make the most of the time you have. Business funding can come from a number of places, including bespoke business loans, interested investors, friends and family, and even online loans if you need them. There’s no excuse for not chasing your dreams, and doing so will help you feel better about yourself!
3. Pick up a musical instrument
Even if you don’t think you have a musical bone in your body, trying to learn a musical instrument can be a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience. If you aren’t confident in your musical ability, then choose something that can be practiced quietly, like guitar or drums (with practice pads). No matter how old you are, learning an instrument can boost your cognition and your recollection, and it’s great fun, too, so start thinking about the best instrument for you today!
4. Listen to more music
Research suggests that we stop listening to new music around the age of 30. As far as we’re concerned, that’s complete nonsense; you can listen to new music and discover new artistic favourites whenever you like. Pick up a streaming service like Spotify or Tidal and start looking for something you’ve never heard before. Break out of your comfort zone; try listening to music you’re unfamiliar with, perhaps from a genre you wouldn’t usually go near.
5. Learn a language
Just like learning a musical instrument, learning a language can actually have some surprising benefits for your mental health. It’s been shown that people who learn a second language have better memory, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities, and learning a language can also have huge benefits for your career and your ability to socialise. Pick the language that intuitively feels like the most interesting to you and spend just 15-20 minutes a day learning it – you’ll see the benefits!
6. Cook more food
It’s understandable that many of us find ourselves slipping into the habit of constantly ordering takeout. If we find ourselves with a lot of disposable income, it makes sense to use it to make life just a little easier for ourselves, right? Well, not necessarily. Cooking more food at home might seem more arduous at first, but it can have huge health benefits for you, because you’ll know every single ingredient that’s going into your food. It can also boost your mental health!
7. Read more books
The next time you’re thinking of flopping down on the sofa and watching some Netflix, consider picking up a book instead. Perhaps unsurprisingly, reading more has been linked to better vocabulary and language comprehension, and it’s also been shown to reduce stress and help you to sleep (provided that you’re not reading on a device that emits a lot of blue light, of course). It doesn’t have to be an “intellectual” book, either; a “trashy” novel works just as well.
8. Give yourself time to rest
We’re not just talking about a consistent sleep cycle here. What we mean is giving your body and mind time to actually wind down and enjoy relaxation rather than just dropping into bed at the end of a long work day. Take a couple of hours before you sleep to relax yourself fully. Ditch your phone, or any other device with a screen, because the blue light can interfere with restful sleep. Think about taking a bath, for example, or just lying on your bed and doing nothing for a few minutes.
9. Set goals for yourself
Life can feel so much more manageable if we have goals that we can aim towards. When you don’t have a concrete goal in your mind, you can feel aimless, like you’re drifting through life without a purpose. However, if you have a definite goal, then you have something to wake up for in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a complex or difficult goal; even reaching a certain level of fitness or saving a certain amount of money for a holiday would count.
10. Meet new people
There are a lot of benefits to getting out there and meeting new people, even when you’re an adult. Doing so can help you to broaden your horizons and understand different cultures and perspectives, and it can also improve your empathy and tolerance. You might also find that lifelong friend that you’ve been missing; there’s no reason whatsoever that you can’t meet your platonic soulmate later in your life, so start joining some clubs and meeting some new people!