Shy? You’re not alone! Most people admit to being introverts than extroverts, but there are ways you can improve your confidence whether you’re going to a job interview or want to speak up more in your relationship. Here are some easy techniques to help overcome shyness.
We always think new clothes or makeup can make you feel better about yourself. Yet, we tend to overlook the one thing that can make a difference in how confident you feel no matter what you wear. That is your posture. People who stand and sit up straight are seen by others as being more confident and in control. Start by consciously sitting and standing with better posture, lifting your shoulders down and back, keeping your eyes focused on the horizon ahead of you, and soon good posture will become second nature.
Learn how to calm yourself down by focusing on your breath. Slow down the rate of your breathing, becoming conscious of each in breath and out breath, and you will feel your overall mood calm down. That’s because by slowing your rate of breathing you are also giving yourself some time and space to absorb your surroundings in a non-threatening way. It’s a means of forcing you to relax. Before you walk into a job interview, take several slow in breaths and out breaths. Confidence and calmness go together, so practice using your breathing.
The best way to improve your attitude is to smile! That may seem like corny advice, but it’s a tried-and-true meditation technique that works. No matter what you’re doing right now, smile softly, and it will instantly lift your mood and make the people around you happier. People who have blank expressions on their face, or worse, look angry, will keep people away from you, while confident people are quick to smile, and makes you look more approachable.
Try this easy technique: say something nice to the next person you talk to. It might be complimenting their shoes, their haircut, or the dinner they just cooked for you. Many shy people complain that they just don’t know what to say in social situations. When in doubt of what to say, find something to praise. You’ll usually hear something nice in return, which is a great confidence booster.
The key to overcoming shyness is practice. By practicing good posture, smiling, calm breathing exercises and complementing others, you will find your shyness stops defining you, and you’ll feel more confident in your day-to-day situations.
What techniques have helped you overcome your shyness?