Ways To Build Your Self-Confidence

Confidence is the difference between feeling unstoppable and feeling unable. Self-confidence is your perception of yourself, either positive or negative. It depends on a combination of good physical, emotional, and social health factors.

Being self-confident helps you perform better, project yourself, and achieve goals that you thought were unattainable. There are many factors that can affect your self-confidence at any stage of life, but there are two main ways to build it back:

1. PHYSICAL

2. MENTAL

PHYSICAL

These deal with appearance and motion factors that boost self-confidence

Dress Well:

Dress as you would like to be addressed –  One of the biggest boosts in confidence is your outer appearance. People show affinity to people who look good, and looking good gives you the feeling that you could go anywhere, meet anyone, and be anyone. It mustn’t be just clothes, a nice shave, a different hair or a piece of jewellery could do the trick. Also, always smile at yourself in the mirror.

Good Carriage:

Your carriage tells your storyWhen you are down, it is natural to walk slowly with bent shoulders. That is a wrong image to project when you are building confidence. Energetic movement shows purpose and confidence, lethargic movement shows disinterest. The way you approach someone, shake hands, and make eye contact tells the person as much about your self-confidence as it does boost yours.

Work Out/Self Care:

Building your physical strength builds your mental strength – There is a tendency to feel insecure and unattractive when you are out of shape. When you work out, you not only build your physical appearance but also become energized and the feeling of achievement starts to boost your self-confidence. The discipline involved also gives you good momentum that builds up a positive mentality.

Help/Compliment Others:

Do good, Feel good – There is this boost in self-belief when you help someone. Their gratitude and joy rub off on you. It helps you remember that you have great ability and you feel grateful for that. When you help others, you focus on your strengths over your weakness and you grow your self-confidence automatically.

Sit In The Front/Speak Up:

Your voice is your strength – There is this tendency for shy people to sit on the periphery, or to come in and leave unnoticed. That is not helpful. When you sit in front, or speak up, people take attention, and in the midst of that attention, your opinions are heard. You become more relevant and take conscious, positive decisions. Over time, adaptability makes you more confident in yourself.

MENTAL

These deal with attitudinal and inbuilt reprogramming of the mind.

Positive Visualization:

What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve – Visualization is seeing an image of yourself. When your self-confidence is low, you tend to see an unworthy version. Changing that perception constantly to project an excellent, self –confident person who achieves his/her goals is the first step to build up a strong mindset.

Identify Your Negative Thoughts/Fears:

Negative thoughts drain positive energy – The fear of failure is a morale killer. Negative thoughts like “I can’t”, “It’s not possible”, “What if I fail”, are pessimism that eat your confidence. Identify your fears and insecurities, once you have identified them take meaningful steps on how to get over and ensure you do not go back to them.

Use Positive Affirmation/Maintain Positive Network:

I can, if I want to – Positive affirmation reprograms your mind to believe in your abilities. “I can”, “I will”, “I am strong”. Small subtle conscious affirmation and self-encouragement snippets gradually develop into full-blown sub-conscious & self-motivation. When you are motivated to achieve something, your self-confidence grows alongside. Also, it is great to meet people who share encouragement and not despair. Iron, they say, sharpens iron.

Take Pride in Yourself and What You Have Achieved:

Everyone is great at something – You have this talent, skill, or ability that you know you are good at; don’t push it to the background. Always think of the things that make your personality great, from sense of humor, compassion, passion, or orderliness. Take pride in little things that you can do or that you have achieved and gradually you will trust yourself more.

Set Yourself Up To Win:

Every win, is a building block to a great estate- Winning is great, no matter how small. As you build yourself, set smaller goals that you reach on your way to a bigger goal. Your idea being accepted or learning something new is a goal too. When you build a stream of success, you become more confident and can then push for the big goals.

Finally, it is good to note that self-confidence is not something that just happens to you, it is a continuous process that has no overdose (Cockiness is not self-confidence, it is arrogance). Self-confidence is a habit that is entirely under your control and has no specific dosage. Your choice, your reach.

Classic Films Educating on Anti-Racism

Yes, it is the era of Netflix and Chill. There’s no feeling worse than the fear of missing out. But yet again, you are not doing justice to your movie-loving soul, if you haven’t watched some of the classics. They are called classics for a reason, you see. Having said that, if you’re into binge-watching movies over the weekends; it is only justified for you to watch these films that provide insights into one of the much talked about concepts – Racism.  Thought-provoking and brimming with substance; these movies are impressive concerning their execution and accurate portrayal of information. Just in case you’re on the lookout for a few must-watches, here is a list of unmissable flicks worth spending your time on. Continue reading “Classic Films Educating on Anti-Racism”

Bed Sharing With Infant – A Constant Debate

Frank A. Clark once said, “A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.”

Having a child is perhaps the most beautiful moment in a woman’s life. It’s almost as Cael Sandburg says “God’s opinion that life should go on.” But with the euphoria of giving birth to a new life comes in the responsibility of taking complete care of the baby until they can take care of oneself.

A crucial question that all the parents have to decide upon is whether they should share the beds with their babies or not. It’s quite a controversial topic since some encourage it while many discourage it too. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the US consumer product safety commission strongly advocate against bed sharing with an infant and is defined as sleeping on the same surface like a chair, sofa, etc. where the infant is also sleeping.

In the year 2013, a research conducted by National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA the percentage of newborns who share a bed with a parent, caregiver or a child has been doubled between 1993 to 2010 from 6.5% to 13.5 %. Medical News today reported from a study conducted by AAP, stating that bed sharing is the primary cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) which is, in fact, the leading cause of death among infants aged between1 to 12 months. Continue reading “Bed Sharing With Infant – A Constant Debate”

Wai Lana – Age, Birthplace, Biography, Personal Lifestyle & her Music Film – “Alive Forever”

Wai Lana’s Biography

Wai Lana is an amazing personality; she has introduced many people to yoga as to aid them in their lives. We all know how yoga is beneficial for our physical, emotional and spiritual health. She is one of the most well-known yoga teachers in the world. She is a TV host for yoga series, director and also designs her clothes – Wai Lana is multi-talented. Wai Lana has also been a prominent TV star where she has played a vital role in making yoga popular among the five continents including North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Continue reading “Wai Lana – Age, Birthplace, Biography, Personal Lifestyle & her Music Film – “Alive Forever””

How Do You Treat An Allergic Reaction?

Have you ever suffered from any kind of allergy in your life? If yes, you would be well aware of its adverse effects on your personal, social and professional life.

According to the surveys conducted by medical researchers and institutions, about 20% of the population is affected by the allergic rhinitis, about 6% of the population have an allergy of at least one food, and about 40% of the population is sensitive to the foreign proteins present in the environment worldwide.

Allergies do not only disturb your life but your immune system as well. And therefore it’s highly recommended to have proper tests and treatment before it makes some irreversible damage. Continue reading “How Do You Treat An Allergic Reaction?”