In today’s age of “perfect” looking celebrities and marketing campaigns telling us we need to look better, it’s not hard to imagine why 4 in 5 women and girls and around 1 in 5 boys and men have low self-esteem and body image issues.
Maybe that sounds like you. If so, don’t worry.
We’re going to take you through 5 easy mental wellness tips that will make you feel more confident.
1. Take a Social Media Break
While social media might seem innocent enough, it can have a serious effect on your mental health.
Research studies have linked social media to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and jealousy. Browsing social media enables us to constantly compare ourselves to other people. What we don’t realize is that social media allows people to craft their lives to look perfect.
Constant comparison to “perfect” lives online and on social media will only serve to make you feel sad and lesser compared to others. Taking a break from social media culture will stop the toxic comparison and allow you accept yourself as you are.
Self-care means doing things to take care of your mental, physical, and emotional health.
If you’re feeling stressed, sad, or insecure, take a moment to take care of yourself. Practicing self-care can help lessen both stress and depression.
While self-care can sometimes feel indulgent or unnecessary, it will improve your mental health. In other words, treat yourself.
Whether this means taking a bubble bath, eating your favorite food, taking a walk, or even just taking a few moments to breathe, self-care can increase your confidence and reduce your anxiety.
3. Wear Clothes You Love
Research shows that wearing clothes that you are comfortable in will help you feel more confident overall.
Whether that means putting on one of your short cocktail dresses with high heels or your favorite knitted sweater, it can serve to make you feel and look great.
Meditating seems to be the hot topic of 2017, and for good reason. It’s one of the best mental wellness practices and comes with many varied benefits, including:
- Stress reduction
- Increased confidence
- Increased happiness
- Decreased negativity
- Increased self-trust
- Anti-aging properties
Taking just 10 minutes to meditate daily can do wonders for your mental health.
It might seem corny to talk to yourself in the mirror saying things like, “You’re great!” or “You can do this!” But the thing is, it works.
Studies show that positive self-talk is calming and can make you more confident. You can try writing down a list of positive things about yourself, telling yourself nice things in the mirror, or simply try thinking positive thoughts to increase your self-esteem.
These Mental Wellness Tips Will Make You More Confident
Gaining confidence can be a long, tough road. Following these 5 mental wellness tips is a great way to start your journey to self-confidence.