Unfortunately, many people around the world suffer from negative thoughts and low self-esteem. Improving your confidence is one of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life, and general everyday happiness, and start reaching more life goals. Here are 10 things that you need to try to improve your confidence, that won’t take too much time and effort!

Try New Things 

Have you always wanted to try a new restaurant in your city, or a new activity that everyone’s talking about on social media? Or, have you always wanted to travel to a particular destination, but you keep holding yourself back? Trying new things and putting yourself out there by changing your scenery is extremely important if you want to improve your confidence, whether it’s something near home or inexpensive things to do whilst travelling. Sign up for a new social group, try a new meal, and book that flight to a brand new city and watch how your confidence starts to build! Trying new things is important to an adult’s sense of self-actualisation and self-confidence. 

Learn A Skill

Learning a skill is also a very important thing you can do if you want to build on your confidence levels. Many people stop learning new skills when they graduate from high school or university, and instead just do the same things over and over. However, learning a new skill can improve your brain activity, improve your memory – and do wonders for your confidence. Always wanted to learn guitar or start speaking Spanish? This is your sign to start. You can even start with learning small skills, such as cooking a brand new dish – this will still work wonders for your confidence!

Employ Positive Self-Talk

One of the biggest causes of low self-esteem has got to be when people employ negative self-talk, such as calling themselves stupid, or putting themselves down. This often occurs when people make a mistake or behave awkwardly, and only reinforces a negative self-image. However, making sure to talk to yourself positively and talking to yourself like you would a friend is a great way to start reprogramming your brain and tricking yourself into becoming more confident. Think of things such as ‘you did your best,’ ‘try again next time’ and ‘good effort’ instead of putting yourself down!

Take Yourself On A Date 

Spending time with yourself is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your confidence and build on your knowledge of yourself. Take yourself on a date and spend time with yourself, nurturing your interests and hobbies. For example, if you love films, go to the cinema by yourself and start to enjoy your own company. When you enjoy your own company, you will be more confident in general, giving you the belief in yourself that you need. Take yourself on a date today, and get to know the real you – this will make you love yourself more!

Invest In Self-Care 

When you care about yourself and your own self-care, you can trick yourself into having confidence and improving your self-esteem. Setting time inside to invest in yourself (such as making sure to eat and shower, have a skincare routine with natural skincare products, and get enough sleep) will help you advocate for yourself. When you put time and effort into yourself, you will grow your confidence levels simply because instead of putting energy into negative self-talk, you will be investing in yourself. Make sure to take the time to invest in your self-care every day. 

Eat The Right Foods

Unfortunately, if you eat a lot of bad foods, it can affect your brain chemistry. People who eat a lot of junk foods and limit their diet to one specific food group were found to have worse mental health than people who ate a healthy and varied diet. Your brain function has a massive effect on your mental health and confidence, so you should eat foods that promote healthy brain function. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, protein, and dairy are all great ways to promote healthy brain function, which could start to improve your mental health and confidence. 

Get Moving 

Exercise is crucial if you want to be happy and confident every day. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day is very important if you want to be an adult with good self-esteem and great confidence. Exercise releases endorphins into the brain – otherwise known as the happiness chemical. Ensuring that your brain gets enough endorphins is crucial if you want to improve your mental health and self-esteem. Just like your self-care, make sure to set out time to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day – and monitor your confidence and happiness over the course of a few weeks!

Teach Yourself To Smile

Smiling is also important if you want to increase your base level of happiness and confidence every day. By smiling in the mirror and making the conscious effort to smile, you will over time, improve your general happiness and confidence. When you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides that help to reduce stress levels. Smiling also releases dopamine, serotonin and endorphins that can reduce levels of unhappiness and fight feelings of depression. When you wake up, make sure to smile in the mirror and start your day right!

Spend Time With The People You Love

One of the best things you can do for your confidence is to build on your relationships and spend time with the people you love. Relationships are crucial for the development of happiness and confidence, and having a great support system around you can do wonders for your self-esteem. When you’re feeling a bit down and self-conscious, talk to people you can trust, such as your friends and family. They can help you relieve stress and anxiety, and make you feel more secure in your relationships, which can improve confidence. Spending time and talking to the people you love is crucial if you want to improve your self-esteem. 

Talk About Your Fears 

Fear is the number one cause of lacking confidence and low self-esteem. Fear of rejection or mockery means that people don’t want to put themselves out there or try new things, meaning that they don’t build on their confidence levels. A dentist in Leamington Spa found that patients who talked about their fears were much more confident when facing dental procedures, even if they had suffered from significant dental anxiety previously. This means that talking about your fears is a great way to build on your confidence, and fight the fear which can knock your self-esteem. 


If you suffer from a lack of confidence, make sure to try out these small and simple tips – they could massively build your self-esteem and allow you to take back your happiness!