Boost Your Self-Confidence February 10, 2021 Self-confidence is defined as a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment. Self-confidence is important to your health and psychological well-being. Having a healthy level of self-confidence can help you live a full and meaningful life. It can also help build positive relationships in your life. Here's a look at a some of the positive effects self-confidence can have on your life: Willingness to try new things. When you believe in yourself, you’ll be more willing to try new things. Whether you apply for a promotion or sign up for a cooking class, believing in yourself is key to putting yourself out there. Better performance. When you feel confident in yourself, you’re able to devote your resources to the task at hand. Rather than waste time and energy worrying that you aren't good enough, you can devote your energy to your efforts. So ultimately, you'll perform better when you feel confident. Better resilience. Confidence, or believing in yourself, can enhance your resilience, or ability to bounce back from any challenges or adversities you face in life. Improved relationships. Having a healthy dose of self-confidence can help keep your relationships happy and healthy. One reason for this is people with self-confidence tend to set stronger boundaries, prioritizing their own needs and emotions. Having self-confidence not only impacts how you feel about yourself, but it helps you better understand and love others. It also gives you the strength to walk away if you're not getting what you deserve. At LifeWays, we know that there are things you can do to boost your self-confidence. Here are some related posts to help build your confidence: Practicing Self Compassion Taking Care of your Body to Increase Self-Confidence Breaking the Habit of Comparing Yourself to Others Using the Power of Positive Self-Talk At some point everyone will experience struggles with self-confidence. But if your self-confidence struggles interfere with your work, social life, or education, you should consider seeking help from a mental health professional. Sometimes, low self-confidence stems from a bigger issue, like a traumatic event from the past. At other times, it might be a symptom of a mental health challenge. If you or a loved one are struggling with self-confidence, LifeWays is here 24/7. The first step is to call our Access/Crisis Phoneline at 1 (800) 284-8288. Hope and help begin at LifeWays.