BOOST YOUR SELF-ESTEEM WITH 5 SURPRISING SOURCES OF INCREASED CONFIDENCE

When it comes to career confidence, there’s no substitute for positive self-talk, a strong support network or goal planning – strategies that require long-term dedication and on-going work.

Our surprising sources of confidence – all backed by research and science – aren’t shortcuts to everlasting self-esteem, but they can be useful ways to top up the results of your endeavours to be you at your most confident.

 

1. A FEW MORE SECONDS OF EXERCISE

It’s well documented that exercise boosts serotonin levels which give us that ‘top-of-the-world-I-can-do-anything’ feeling immediately after a gym session. But pushing yourself just that little harder – one more squat when you’ve hit your limit or a few extra lengths of the pool when your legs are turning to jelly – can make all the difference to your mental prowess.>

Researchers at Penn State University found that a few surplus dead lifts, lunges or burpees can pump up self-esteem as well as blood flow, and give you a feeling of being in control even when you’re in your weakest ego state – all of which adds up to super-toned confidence levels.

 

2. A LIBERAL SPRITZ OF CHANEL NO.5

Or indeed any scent you know and love. We all know that power dressing can be a huge confidence booster – looking the part can make you feel the part to the extent where you really become the part. But research also suggests that taking pride in how you smell can also affect how you feel, and in turn elevate your confidence levels.

The study states: “This effect highlights the flexible nature of self-esteem to respond to rapid changes in one’s own physical traits through the use of artificial cosmetic products. An individual’s personal odour and the perfume product chosen may thus influence both self-perception and impressions formed by others.”

In other words, a quick spritz before that big presentation or job interview could not only increase your inner confidence levels, but also make you behave more confidently, thus appearing so to your audience.

 

3. PUMP UP THE VOLUME