There are times our confidence gets a bit of a shake up and who can blame you in this fast paced world where information, opinions and facts are all flying at us at once from all sides! While I believe it takes time to build up your self confidence and a healthy dose of putting yourself out there, there are a few little tricks you can employ to feel confident at any moment.
When I think of this first one, I'm always reminded of that episode of Grey's Anatomy when the neurosurgeon strikes a pose before a super intense surgery. I'm not saying you have to be brain surgeon for this one to work, but perhaps this idea could gift you some of that confidence in the face of your challenge.
1. Super Hero Pose!
Yes! Visualize yourself as a super hero; you know the pose. Hands on the hips and feet a little wider than hip distance. Most importantly take your gaze and your chin a little higher to the sky. BREATHE here. Feel that confidence and power flowing through you. You can do ANYTHING; perhaps even save the world.
I'd recommend taking a few breathes here but if you have the time prepping with Super Hero pose for just 2 minutes has been proven to alter your hormone levels. Let your super hero ego take center stage to really amp up that confidence. Give it a try for a week and see how you feel. Bonus points if you prep this way before a big meeting or performance.
2. Write out your wins!
Got a little more time? Gift yourself a sense of accomplishment. You have done amazing things; big, small and everything in between. Grab a piece of paper or open up a word document and start listing out all the things you have accomplished.
Completed that big project at work
Led a sports team
Washed AND put away all the laundry this week
Cared and loved a pet
You can go into detail or just list out as many items as possible. You are an amazing individual and your accomplishments are important. Having that listing will remind you of all the things you have been through and succeeded in. Whatever challenge you are currently facing will one day be on that accomplishment list!
3. Wear a Power outfit!
When we look good, we feel good and I'm a firm believer that no matter where you're at in your body story you have a power outfit! If you want to embody some color theory, Red is a color of power and has been said to help you command the room (hint: great for meetings). Though, let your personal preferences guide you here. You just know when you feel good in an outfit. That feeling good will help you amp up the confidence to take on any challenge coming your way.
If you gave any of these a try, let me know if they helped! Or perhaps you have your own tips to share with our Zenn Community? Pop those ideas in the comments below. <3
- Jenn Rose
(Woman Photo by Lucas Lenzi on Unsplash
Journal Photo by Mia Moessinger on Unsplash)
This is a guest post by the lovely Brad of selfcareing.info who reached out to me about posting. Check out these self-care tips that you may or may not already be sneaking into your day!
- Jenn Rose
You can’t seem to catch your breath. You have deadlines piling up; you have clutter piling up at home; and your friends are complaining that they never see you. There is so much pressure to be everything to everyone that you struggle to be something meaningful for yourself.
Self-care is the victim of our fast-paced, to-do-list-obsessed, and achievement-driven society. We take on too much because doing more has become the standard. But, researchers and doctors agree, it’s not sustainable and is taking a toll on our health both mentally and physically.
It’s time to make yourself a priority. Self-care doesn’t mean you are being selfish or putting responsibilities on to others. When you take the time to care for yourself, you are making sure you are better able to care for others.
It's been a while since we've had one of these and there is SOOO much out there to be shared.
This time around it's all about mindset and success. Are you ready to dive into some good stuff?!
Grab a cup of you favorite hot beverage and get down to some good reading!
The Seven Secrets of Success
There are many stories shared in the Hindu traditions that provide helpful knowledge on how to attain enlightenment. While rooting around the internet one day I stumbled upon the Sivana East website, whose blog posts range from yoga ideas to mindfulness and meditation. This week I ran into Shiva's Seven Secrets of Success.
Back in November we took some time to check in with that gratitude mindset towards others and of course for yourself! We see a lot of posts on social media about gratitude during the holidays, but what about connecting with that feeling when it's no longer being published in every social media post/etc. to remind us to do it?
1. Journal it out.
Always my first suggestion. Taking the time to write something out helps us to organize our thoughts and give us time to really feel it. Also, if you write it down you can go back to it later and remember that feeling of gratitude or joy.
What stories would your body share if it could speak for you?
Would it tell of the gall bladder surgery when you were thirteen or of the beautiful dance performance with that gorgeous group in Las Vegas on a legendary stage? Perhaps that tooth you lost when you got hit by a snowball? Or maybe how your fingernails feel fancy when they're freshly painted?
What stories do you tell your body?
Do you stare in the mirror with love or ..... ?
Often times our body stories are a mix of our past and our feelings.
The wanting to be something that we aren't right now and not enjoying the journey or the present moment.
I'm all for tuning out social media and turning your phone off every now again, but hear me out! Perhaps your cellphone could be your most mindful tool yet. Based on the apps and settings you have in place your phone could be a great tool for wellness, mindfulness, magic and meditation.
Let's dive deeper...