You know that person: the one who seems to make heads turn. A person who feels good about herself and who is comfortable with the way she looks. Where does she get it?
Some people seem to have a predisposition for self-confidence, a steadfast passion for optimism, a strong sense of worth. Yet, many people struggle with it. You may not feel that jolt of invincibility when you show up in the world. Rather than focus on your strengths, you focus on your weaknesses, with an emphasis on your body imperfections.
Self-confidence may sound complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes are some tips to help you change your mindset, so that next time you walk into a room, you feel like you not only inhabit it, you own it.
1. Dress for Your Body
There’s nothing that will make you feel worse about yourself than trying to pull off a pair of skin-tight, body-hugging jeans when your curvaceous body is more suitable for trousers. So, break up with that skin-pinching denim if it’s not your best look and up your self-confidence by trading it in for something more forgiving. Being comfortable goes a long way toward making you feel relaxed and self-confident, so scrap that pulling and tugging.
2. Pick Your Best Colors
If you look in the mirror and someone drab is staring back at you, it’s possible you’re wearing the wrong colors. Here’s some go-to advice: choose your best colors based on your hair.
Try lavender, rose red, burgundy, and mint for those with gray and ash blonde hair. Turquoise, ivory, peach, and bright green look great on those with warm blonde hair. If your hair is dark brown, black, or salt and pepper, go with colors like fuchsia, pure white, navy, or charcoal gray. Redheads and those with golden brown or honey-blonde hair should try teal, eggplant, olive green, burnt orange, and champagne white. These are just starting points, though. Experiment with your favorite colors to see what makes you look and feel best.
3. Try Body Contouring
If you’re tired of being insecure and, despite your best efforts, you’re unable to get rid of the stubborn fat that’s bringing you down, it may be a good time to try body contouring like SculpSure®. This noninvasive laser treatment can give you results without the downtime or surgery of other treatments. It permanently reduces the number of fat cells in problem areas like your abdomen, love handles, thighs, back, and under your chin.
4. Adjust Your Perception of Beauty
Being bombarded with images of beautiful, svelte bodies can affect the way you think you “should” look. But that’s only what the media defines as beautiful. Rather than focus on what you see in the movies, advertisements, and glossy pages of magazines, look instead to what makes real people you know beautiful. And if you dig down deep enough, you’re bound to find qualities in yourself, besides physical ones, that make your beauty shine through.
5. Smile More
If the person looking back at you in the mirror is frowning, how do you react? You do by returning the frown. But if that person has a smile on her face, you’ll follow suit. “Smile and the world smiles with you” might be an old saying, but it’s true. Not only can smiling make you feel better but it’s contagious to others. Try it, and all bets are on that people will smile back at you. A win-win in the self-confidence game!
Self-confidence doesn’t have to be an unattainable attribute. Once you discover how to feel good in your skin, you’ll realize you’re comfortable enough to shine all on your own. Give these tips a try and see if they don’t give you a confidence boost of your own.