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Taking Care of Your Body to Increase Self-Confidence

February 10, 2021

It’s hard to feel good about yourself if you’re abusing your body. On the other hand, if you practice self-care, you know you're doing something positive for your mind, body, and spirit, and you'll naturally feel more confident. Here are a few self-care practices linked to higher levels of self-confidence:

  • Diet. Eating well comes with many benefits, including higher levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. When you fuel your body with the right foods, you feel healthier, stronger, and more energized, which can result in feeling better about yourself.
  • Exercise. Studies consistently show physical activity boosts confidence. A 2016 study found that regular physical activity improved participants’ body image. And when their body image improved, they felt more confident.[5]
  • Meditation. Experts say that meditation can help boost self-confidence in several ways. For one, it helps you to recognize and accept yourself. Meditation also teaches you to stop negative self-talk and disconnect from any mental chatter interfering with your self-confidence.
  • Sleep. Skimping on sleep can take a toll on your self-esteem, whereas good, quality sleep has been linked with positive personality traits, including optimism and self-esteem.[6]

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.

For related self-confidence boosting articles, see our Boost Your Self-Confidence post.  

[5] Zamani Sani SH, Fathirezaie Z, Brand S, et al. Physical activity and self-esteem: testing direct and indirect relationships associated with psychological and physical mechanisms. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2016;12:2617–2625. doi:10.2147/NDT.S116811

[6] Lemola S, Räikkönen K, Gomez V, Allemand M. Optimism and self-esteem are related to sleep. Results from a large community-based sampleIntJ Behav Med. 2013;20(4):567-571. doi:10.1007/s12529-012-9272-z

Verywell mind  Amy Morin, LCSW  5 Ways to Build Your Self-Confidence. 01-11-2021

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