Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magic confidence pill with no side effects? I don’t have the magic pill (I wish!), but I can suggest the next best thing – some simple daily habits to boost your confidence that you can easily implement into your life.
The way we hold ourselves affects not only how others see us, but also how we see ourselves. A study by Briñol, Petty and Wagner shows that by simply standing or sitting straighter people get more confident in their thoughts and when they choose to think positive thoughts, they are more likely to believe them. Another research by Carney, Caddy and Yap found that spending a few minutes in what they called ‘power poses’, which were open and relaxed, helped people feel more powerful and in control. So straighten up, relax your shoulders and let your confidence pour in.
Exercise can help you develop good posture. It also gives you a sense of achievement, which is important for self-confidence, and increases your general vitality and wellbeing. As an added benefit, there’s the look. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to want to hide when I feel and look out of shape. On the other hand, when I feel fit and strong, it’s definitely something I want to show off and share with the world.
Australian bush flower essences
I’d heard that Australian bush flower essences could boost your confidence, but I knew nothing about them, so I approached Leesa Melrose, a bush flowers practitioner from bushessences.com, for advice. “The bush flower essence for confidence is Five Corners. It helps increase your self-worth, self-love, self-esteem and self-confidence. It supports you to stop sabotaging yourself and your dreams by helping you see you are worthy and deserving,” Leesa says.
So is this the magic pill we’ve been looking for that we can take before an important meeting or presentation and be done with it? Not quite. With bush flower essences the goal is to achieve lasting transformation rather than a quick fix.
“The essence is taken seven drops under the tongue morning and night for two weeks. Results vary for each person, yet after two weeks there will be a marked difference in confidence. Depending on how long the lack has been present, another two weeks might be recommended.” She also mentioned a bush flower essences combination called Confid that could be of great help.
Looking for something to be grateful for in any situation gets you out of the victim mindset and helps you focus on what you have rather than what you don’t have. As a result you collect evidence of just how much you’ve achieved, all the things other people have done for you and how much they appreciate you. Surely if you’re receiving this much love, you deserve it!
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By Tatiana Apostolova