Are your palms sweating at the thought of speaking in front of your class or giving a presentation at a large gathering? Does the fear of failure consume you? Are you uncomfortable in social situations? Don’t worry, you are not alone. We have all been there at some point or another. In fact, studies show that 85 percent of the population suffers from what is called a “self-esteem deficit.” There are a number of easy tools you can use every day to build confidence and lead a better life. Here are some valuable tips to help you control your insecurities.

Tips to increase fragmented trust

Think positive every day

Science has shown that thinking positive about yourself and your life can rewire your brain chemistry and increase the production of wellness chemicals.

If you find that you are swimming in insecurity and can’t think of any positive way to get out of there, you may want to make a list of your strengths to keep with you at all times. This will give you a quick and easy confidence boost.

do exercise

Exercise is a great way to increase your self confidence. Whether you prefer to lift some weights or go for a run, physical activity will help you look your best, improve your overall health, and make you stronger.

All those physical changes are confidence boosters. But experts say there are also mental and emotional benefits to exercising. Physical activity releases beta-endorphins that make you feel good and also reduces stress by lowering cortisol levels.

So next time you’re looking to boost your confidence and your mood, get up and hit the gym!

Try something new

A great way to boost your confidence is to challenge yourself by trying something new, something you’ve never done before. It’s easy to fear the unknown, but the best way to deal with it is to tackle it head-on.

This can be anything from joining a club with strangers who share a similar interest or learning a new skill. Once you try something new and are successful, you will see your confidence increase. Even if you don’t master your new skill or project at first, you will see your confidence increase simply because you know you tried and didn’t let fear take over.

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary, but it’s also exciting and can expand your world.

Visualize who you want to be

It is difficult to overcome years of negative attitude, in which your brain told you that you are not good. Experts say that visualization exercises are a great way to overcome this negativity and boost your confidence, and that they can be done within your own time and space.

The visualization process will help you replace your negative thoughts about yourself with positive thoughts. Start with some notes on who you would like to be and what you would like to achieve. With these traits and goals in mind, close your eyes and visualize yourself.

Slowly alter the image of you in your mind to match the traits you wrote on the paper. It can be anything from wanting to be a more outgoing person to reaching a big sale at work. In no time, visualization will lead to refreshment and higher self-esteem.

Surround yourself with a positive support network

If there are friends, family, or colleagues who are negative and tend to criticize you, limit your time with them.

Make it a goal to spend more time with supportive people. You can choose to rely more on connections with people who are positive and who help you rise rather than bring you down.

Recognize your achievements

It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of negativity. But they all have big and small achievements that they can be proud of.

Write down a few of them and keep the list handy for the next time you feel insecure or anxious. Reading a list of your accomplishments is a quick way to boost your confidence and remind yourself of how capable you really are.

Practice self-care

Your well-being should always be your priority. This means making sure you eat well, get enough sleep, and take time for the things you enjoy. Self-care is essential for a happy and balanced life, and it also helps you build your confidence.

You have the power

With these tips, you have the power to improve your self-esteem and your life.

Whenever you feel negativity, bring out the best in yourself, and resort to these practices listed above if you need to increase your confidence.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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