10 Ways To Feel More Confident During Menopause
We all know what confidence means, right? Are you confident? But have any of us really, truly felt confident since starting menopause? Or Maybe even before?
I know with the weight gain and the mood swings I have had to deal with lately my confidence levels have surely taken a hit.
So here is the question. Do you ever find yourself not doing something or not trying something that you really want to do simply because of a lack of confidence? Like you’re not good enough, so what’s the point? If you are like me with the mood swings as of late things that normally wouldn’t affect me at all, have me in a tail spin.
Confidence is a beautiful thing. I wish every woman was confident with herself and didn’t need approval from anyone else. I wish every woman could realize how beautiful and strong she is, all by herself. Not just those of us in menopause struggling with negative self worth, but every woman. No matter the age.This is my list of 10 ways to really build up your confidence, and get you smiling again. Click To Tweet
Practice positive self-talk
Negative self-talk and a lack of confidence seem to go hand-in-hand. Our thoughts are so powerful, and they have the power to change everything. You need to change your way of thinking. Instead of “I can’t do this, I’m too scared,” try.. “I can do this! I know it’s easier said than done, but it will get easier with practice!
Dress with confidence
Dressing nicely will help you feel good about yourself. Even if you have never been a plus size and suddenly find yourself shopping there. Pick great outfits. Wear clothes that you like. Things that compliment your body and make you feel confident and pretty. Read some fashion blogs that cater to plus size women. Try a few new things. It is amazing how the right outfit can make you feel!!!
As you may or may not know by now, I’m a huge fan of practicing gratitude! Oh yeah!!! When you take a look at your life and realize all of the fantastic things you already have, it makes you happy. It helps you realize that your life isn’t as bad as you thought it was. It also helps you feel more confident and secure.
Set yourself goals (and achieve them)
Nothing like achieving a goal to boost your confidence! It doesn’t need to be a big goal; start small. Sometimes if you set a goal that’s too big and you fail, you’ll only feel worse about yourself. So break it down into a few small goals for yourself . Make a plan to start achieving them. The more you achieve, the more you’ll be able to set, and then you’ll have a better chance of achieving bigger goals. This will make you feel super confident.
There are so many health benefits, but did you know that exercising can boost your confidence in many ways. It releases endorphin, which helps you feel better and more energized. Whoo hoo!!! I helps you look better and, so…… you feel better about yourself. The energy it gives you makes you more productive, so you can get more done and feel more accomplished. Did I mention goal setting??? You got it!!!
Pay attention to your body language
The way that you carry yourself can say more about you than your words. Way more!! You could be talking like the most confident person int he world, but if your body language isn’t the same, it just won’t jive. Showing confident body language is also shown to actually make a person feel more confident. So maintain eye contact, keep up good posture, smile, and avoid fidgeting, hair twirling, nail-biting, and any other nervous habits.
Learn how to accept a compliment
This is a tough one for most women. No matter how we feel. Right now it probably even more difficult. When you’re constantly brushing off the compliments that you receive, it’s a form of negative self-talk. Start accepting the compliments you receive as true, say a simple “thank you”. Feels good. Doesn’t it?
Learn to laugh at yourself
Humor makes almost everything better. If you take yourself too seriously, it can really take a toll on your confidence. It is ok to make mistakes. It is ok to be embarrassed from time to time. Take it with a grain of salt. Learn to laugh it off and laugh at yourself! This helps you get back up, damage-free, and move on with your life.
Stop comparing yourself to others or the you, you used to be.
Oh man!! This has been a tough on for me. There’s really no point in comparing yourself to other people. What is harder is to stop comparing yourself to the “skinny” woman you used to be before menopause. You are not that woman any longer. You are new and improved!!!! No one you is better or worse than any other you. They are different. Just like you cannot compare yourself to others. They are not you!!!!! So you’re just wasting your time and energy, not to mention hurting yourself, when you’re playing the comparison game, whichever way you are paying it.
Get out of the house
If you are like me. The idea some days of getting dressed up in my “bigger than they used to be” clothes and going out for the evening, leaves me anxious. But you know what I do? I get dressed up and go anyway!!! Even if it is just for a little while. Guess what. Nothing happened. No one told me how horrible I looked. No body stared at my less than perfect body. In fact I have gotten compliments on my cool new outfits!! No more hiding in the house!!!
What have you done to improve your confidence during this time of life? Let me know!!!
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