Build your confidence and overcome barriers to become a healthy, happy you


How to grow your confidence

Everyone has their own confidence barriers and insecurities,
knowing how to overcome them is the key to success

We all have our weaknesses; for example, something that you find difficult may come easily to others. While it can be demotivating and give your self-esteem a knock, there are a few straightforward things you can do to help grow your confidence which will ultimately lead to a healthier and happier you.

Losing your confidence, whether at work or in your personal life, can impact on your health. Studies show that situations that require high-effort with low reward, such as putting the hours in at the office without seeing the benefits, can lead to periods of heightened stress levels, which can ultimately have a negative impact on your cardiovascular health.

To help remain calm, don’t try to fight something that doesn’t come naturally, approach the situation in a different way. Knowing and understanding your own strengths and skills will help you overcome what initially felt like a fruitless fight. There are lots of ways to manage stress in your everyday life and keeping your stress levels at bay will give you a clearer head to tackle your own personal barriers.

Whether it’s improving your sleep patterns, exercising more, eating more healthily or simply keeping control of the clutter, everyone has their own individual challenges to overcome. Here are five tips you can try to overcome your own personal barriers:

1. Finding your workout rhythm

Try and understand what fits best with your routine and makes you feel best

Finding a routine that works for you can make your trips to the gym feel much less of a struggle. While some may favour an early morning workout, others will suit a gym session in the evening. Rather than trying to force yourself one way or the other, try to find out what feels best for you.

2. Growing your confidence at work

Know the situations that can make you feel uncomfortable and face them head on

Fact: confidence can be improved and developed, it’s not something that you must be born with.

Whether it’s a big meeting, starting in a new role or working with a new team, we all have moments where our professional confidence can falter. Research shows that almost two thirds of millennials feel that their lack of confidence has a negative impact on their career.

Be true to yourself and understand what boosts your confidence. We often take confidence from our successes, which is a good thing! Try writing down three things you achieve each day and when you look back at it over the week, you will realise how much you have achieved. It’s in that realisation we can draw our confidence from.

3. Eating healthily

When we are feeling stressed due to lack of confidence and self-esteem issues, we tend to indulgence in unhealthy, sugary snacks – or so it would seem; but in fact, stressful situations impact on our quality of sleep which affects our hormone levels, leading to high-calorie, sugar cravings.

When you are working at overcoming your confidence barriers, try to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily as this will help you stay calm and overcome the challenges you are facing.

4. Decluttering and keeping it that way

Holding on to things we love is natural, however if we hold on to too much, it won’t take long before the clutter can become overwhelming. Decluttering experts advise asking yourself whether you love an item or if it brings you joy. If neither, it’s time to let it go.
There is also a whole host of health benefits associated with being organised. Did you know that a Swedish survey found that people who did the most gardening, housecleaning and DIY projects had about 30% lower risk of suffering heart attacks, strokes, and other first-time cardiovascular events? There’s a reason to declutter and get your home organised!

5. Mastering your sport

Psychologists suggest visualising success before the event can bring greater chances of achieving it

Playing sport can bring huge amounts of confidence when we get it right, but ahead of a big game or try-out we can become anxious. Instead of letting nerves overcome you, psychologists suggest visualising success. Golfing legend, Jack Nicklaus visualised a positive result before he took a swing – tuning out negative thoughts and trusting his training and muscle memory. This technique won him a record 18 career major championships throughout his career.

It’s natural to have insecurities in some aspects of your life, but by managing these confidence issues and finding ways to overcome your barriers, you can find a path to success and happiness. Remember, looking after your health is important in stressful situations, so don’t forget to get enough sleep, exercise and eat a nutritious diet.