Want to work towards living a mentally healthy life? Learn how to boost your self-confidence! As much as we love words of affirmation or compliments from others, the best way to get yourself on a self-esteem high is to learn how to be your own cheerleader. Here are a few tips on how to boost your ego (in a positive way)!

Body Language

How your face appears and the vibe you gives off will either swing people in or away from your direction. Learn to stand tall and practice good posture when you walk into a room. To do so, imagine being pulled by a string at the top of your head so that you stand up straight. A confident individual knows how to maintain eye contact—but remember don’t stare with a scowl. It’s important to know how to smile and allow conversations to naturally flow. And don’t cross your arms—it’s a big confidence downer and gives off the vibe that you don’t want to be bothered.

Dress For You

Make sure your clothes fit. No, you don’t have to dress up like it’s a hot Saturday night date, but it’s improtantt that you wear clothes that makes you feel good each day. Wearing ill-fitting clothes actually accentuates areas that you’re trying to hide, so it’s important to wear clothing that is comfortable and faltering. This will make you feel more radiant in your own skin.

Remember Who You Are

Even though we all have our weaknesses, we all have strengths! Do you know what your best qualities are? If so, let them shine! Make a list of at least five of your best qualities and then remind yourself of them daily, especially when you feel like you’re not having a good day. Then think about the ways you can best maximize your qualities to the fullest potential. If you know you’re a great singer, think about going out into the community and doing  a show at a local lounge. If you know you’re a great listener, think about becoming a counselor or using your listening skills to coach or guide others. We all are special. Use your gifts.

Surround Yourself With Good People

It’s like the saying goes, you are the company you keep. Avoid friendships that are toxic to your integrity and your confidence. The last thing you need is to feel down or be surrounded by negative, pessimistic people. If you find yourself giving more to a certain person than they are giving to you—and not in a material way—reconsider your relationship with that person. We all have bad days, and so do our friends, but you may need to eliminate or reduce your time around the consistent Negative Nancy if a higher self-esteem is what you are looking for.

Treat Yourself Well

Do not underestimate your abilities and what you can do. We often beat ourselves up when we make a mistake. Think of the things you say to yourself. If you wouldn’t say them to your best friend then don’t say them to yourself. Try sharing the compassion you give to others with yourself. If you do make a mistake think of the lesson you’ve learned from it and how it has ultimately strengthened you to be a better person by learning something new or learning how to avoid that mistake in the future. Begin to think of yourself as your own best friend and make sure you spend quality time doing something for you each week.

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