Five simple self-confidence boosters

If the hustle and bustle of the festivities left you feeling anxious or overwhelmed, you may find yourself thinking about what you can do to improve your well-being in the New Year.

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Many of our worries over Christmas come from comparing ourselves to others. We picture the season to be peaceful and idyllic, yet it can be a stressful time for many of us.

So we’ve put together some simple tips to help you boost your self-confidence over the coming year.

According to a recent Swinton survey, many people cope with confidence in these key ways: pushing themselves out of their comfort zone, drinking alcohol, changing their image or losing weight.

Although these may appear to help you in the short-term, they can in fact put you under more pressure or increase the risk of your anxiety continuing over time. Instead, we have identified five thoughtful ways you can make positive changes to improve the current state of your wellbeing.

Tip one: Identify what you do well

If you find yourself struggling in a certain social situation, whether it’s on a first date or public speaking, start thinking about your strengths. What skills and personal qualities do you already have that could help you do well in a situation? Then use them to your advantage!

Tip two: Manage your weaknesses

We all have weaknesses, yet many people spend precious time and energy trying to change in order to become better. What if you embraced them instead? By doing so, you may discover a hidden strength in your weakness.

Tip three: Work towards goals one step at a time

Big or small, each goal you set will have steps you need to take in order to achieve it. If you take the time to acknowledge what you have achieved at each step, you will create a momentum that helps you continue to build your confidence and accomplish your end goal.

Tip four: Celebrate your successes

You’ve achieved goals in the past, so remember how good it felt and believe that you will be successful again. It’s also important to be proud of your own achievements, without requiring validation from your peers. 

Tip five: Look for the positive people in your life

Sharing your worries can seem daunting, but those who love you – your friends, family and colleagues – will want to help. They will offer support, as well as ideas and helpful ways to make you feel more confident about yourself and your abilities.

There are many reasons why you may feel uncomfortable at Christmas, yet our survey found that people feel the least confident in social situations. In fact, almost half (48%) of people don’t feel confident attending parties.

By taking these tips onboard, you may find yourself feeling more confident when the festive party season comes back around.

** All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 4374 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th - 10th October 2017.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).