10 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence - Like Honey

10 Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Hey ladies! I know we all have days where we just feel low and lack confidence in ourselves. Some days more than others. But I'm here to STOP the body-shaming, the self humiliation, the degrading comments. Now, I know I don't always practice what I preach--I still look in the mirror and long for my pre-baby body. But it isn't a vicious cycle anymore. I've found a few ways to pull myself out of that judgmental, pity-party funk and I want to share them with you!

{10} Get Fixy

If you're a SAHM like me, or you just have the weekend off and don't have any plans, don't give in to the PJ's and sweatpants all day! I must admit, I spend many days in my yoga pants and a tank with no shame. But I always feel SO much better about myself when I take the time to really do my hair and makeup and put on a cute outfit. And though he never says anything, I'm sure my hubby appreciates the extra effort!

{9} Smile!

"Happy girls are the prettiest." - Audrey Hepburn

 Even on your worst day, a smile can completely change your mood; fake or not. And it's scientifically proven! Not only does it improve your mood, it relaxes your body, can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relieve pain, and even make you appear more attractive! And just to make sure you're extra confident, use a whitening toothpaste to make your smile ultra radiant. I really like Crest 3D White in Radiant Mint. Now turn that frown upside down!

 {8} Venture Out

Trying new things is my nightmare. New foods, new places, new people; I have terrible anxiety and I just cringe at the thought of expanding my tiny bubble. But I do it anyway. And I'm truly glad when I do. You never know when striking up a conversation with that stranger on the bus might lead you to your new best friend or possibly even Mr. Right! Never waste an opportunity. You'll improve your happiness and therefore improve your confidence!

{7} Run It Off

I've just recently started getting back into a regular workout routine and I'm already feeling better about myself! I may have to reeeally motivate myself to get going, but once I've started, I instantly feel like I'm on the road to a better me. Exercise also comes with a slew of other health benefits! Besides the obvious weight loss, exercise can also decrease your risk for heart disease, improve your mood, boost your energy, promote better sleep, and even increase your libido. And we all know a good sex life = confidence! One of my favorite ways to workout is with the Tone It Up ladies on YouTube! Check them out; they're awesome!

{6} Curb the Comments

Again, a tough one. But probably one of the most important...STOP JUDGING YOURSELF! I know we all look in the mirror and immediately see the worst in ourselves. Why do we do that? Why do we insist on nitpicking and scouring every inch of our body to find what we see as unattractive or undesirable. Nobody's perfect, and when we realize that the imperfections and flaws that we love to point out are only visible to us, we can start focusing on our inner beauty instead. And that's what is truly important.

{5} Rock a Red Lip

Nothing boosts my confidence like swiping on a bold red lipstick and heading out the door. There's just something timeless about it. Maybe it reminds me of Marilyn Monroe and that's why I feel so great. But there's no denying it...you can take on the world with a bright lip and perfect pair of heels. ;)

{4} Play Pretend

This seems silly, but if you're feeling bad about yourself, just fake it 'til you make it! Pretending like you're rocking your dream body or acting like nothing is wrong might actually trick your brain into believing it! Sometimes we just have to play it off for a while to get some perspective. And that's perfectly okay.

{3} Treat Yo' Self

Definitely the easiest way to boost confidence: a little retail therapy. Who doesn't feel better after a good shop-til-you-drop sesh with their girlfriends (or even alone!)? Frivolous spending not in your budget? Try pampering yourself with an indoor spa night. Paint your nails, throw on a face mask and grab a glass of Moscato. Even just treating yourself to a frappucino at Starbucks in the morning can lift your spirits. You'll feel better instantly!

{2} (*Married Girls*) Your Hubby Thinks You're HOT

If you're married, try to remember that all those flaws you see in yourself? Your husband probably doesn't even notice them. Seriously! Men just don't see those things...I often notice my eyebrows in need of a wax and point it out, but my husband thinks I'm crazy! He never believes me when I mention my faults. He simply doesn't see it unless I point it out to him. And honestly, shouldn't my husband's opinion be the only one that matters? He's the only one who sees me in an intimate way, and he loves me no matter what. And for all you mamas who struggle with stretch mark shame like I do--your hubby saw you grow and give birth to his child. He saw everything you went through and probably thinks nothing of those battle scars. Embrace them! They're proof of the miracle of life!

{1} You Were Made In His Image

Here is the most important thing to remember: God made YOU in HIS image. If God is perfect and He made you in His image and likeness, doesn't that make you perfect in His eyes, too? He made you exactly as you were meant to be. "For You created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13-14
What an amazing thought. A God who does not make mistakes, whose design is flawless, created YOU. And loves YOU, just as you are. "I can't brag about my love for God, because I fail him daily. But I can brag about God's love for me, because it never fails." What a comforting thought. Definitely makes me feel confident to know I was made by a flawless hand!

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