5 Things to remember when your confidence takes a hit
If you're one of those people who effortlessly embraces summer, we salute you. For some people, the transition between seasons seems easy, whilst for the rest of us, the thought of baring our bodies in skimpy clothes just sends us running for the gym and vowing to avoid chocolate for the next 6 months. Whilst you should try to stay healthy throughout the year, there's no denying that the warmer weather definitely sees more of us take up regular exercise and make healthier food choices than when its -5 outside. With the hotter weather can come a lack of confidence, and things you usually do without a second thought might become harder. Here's 5 things to remember next time your confidence takes a hit.
#1. Nobody is looking at you
Ok, so maybe there's that one woman on the bus who has nothing better to do than eyeball you (it's tempting to wave, isn't it?!) but for the most part, nobody is actually paying you any attention when you're out. So if you're feeling hot and sticky on your morning run, just get on with it. Crank up the volume on your MP3 player, blast some of your favourite workout songs and enjoy the sunshine. Most of our anxiety comes from what others think of us, and when you realise that most other people are far too busy worrying about themselves to pay you any attention, that anxiety vanishes.
#2. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes
Women, you don't need to be a size 6 to be beautiful. Neither do you need to be curvaceous. You're beautiful just as you are, and no amount of dieting or exercise is going to change your original body shape - all you can do is tone and hone it, and be grateful for what you've got, whether that's a bootylicious butt or small breasts that don't even need a sports bra at the gym. Being fit and healthy has nothing to do with size - and guys, this applies to you too! You don't need to be the Incredible Hulk or even sport Ryan Reynold's pecs to be attractive. Just be happy with your body, and that feeling of happiness comes from within, so look to your diet and exercise routine before you start snapping those selfies!
#3. You have achieved a lot in your life
Whether you're 20, 30 or 40, we all have our own set of achievements. For some of us, this could be running the London Marathon, whilst for others it could be a masters degree in biochemistry. The point is, you've achieved something. Think about that and have confidence that you'll be able to achieve even more in the future. Next time somebody puts you down, undermines your healthy choices or is negative, feel that inner confidence and think back over the obstacles you've overcome in the past. What you achieve and the goals you smash are what defines you, and it helps to set yourself goals for the future, whether they relate to health and fitness, career or even travel.
#4. You are what you eat
If you've ever suffered from a 'food hangover', you'll know what we mean. Pigging out on Chinese takeaway is not only going to leave you feeling bloated and full, it could also affect your mood. Many takeaways and processed foods are packed with MSG and other additives, that could impact your mood, leaving you with a serious case of the blues. So if you want to wake up feeling good tomorrow, stick to lean protein, healthy carbs and plenty of fruit and veggies. With inspiration from our recipes page, you should find plenty of choice when it comes to tonight's dinner!
#5. Tomorrow is another day
Yup, we all have days where we feel like the world is caving in on us. It's usually those days where not only are we facing a major work deadline but the internet has gone down, our cat is sick, our bank account is overdrawn - these things are sent to test us! If you're having a bad day, it can be tempting to beat yourself up and get really down, but remember that tomorrow is another day. So your confidence has taken a bit of a battering after a bad presentation at work? Head for the gym, de-stress with a workout or try a yoga class, then go home and make your favourite healthy dinner. After an early night, things will seem much brighter tomorrow. It's important to look after yourself when you feel stressed and anxious, and exercise or even meditation can really help.
It's normal to feel a lack of confidence sometimes, but if you're constantly worried, stressed or anxious, you might want to think about what's causing it. Could your diet, job or even exercise routine be to blame? Work/life balance is important, and stress could impact your mood, your self-confidence and your energy levels.