Words by Carlie Tucker
Have you ever had a tough day at work? Somehow the day starts off on the wrong foot and you find yourself getting bogged down by negative thoughts. By the end of the day, you feel like you've achieved nothing and your professional confidence is shattered. It can happen to the best of us, but instead of letting that negativity rule your day, here are a few easy (and quick) ways to boost your confidence at work.
Sit up straight
One of the easiest things you can do to feel better about yourself is to sit up straight. It only takes a second and research shows that it can lead to more confident thoughts. You'll look and feel more assured with your back straight and head level.
Smile more often
If your professional confidence has been shaken, one easy way to get back on the right path is to smile. You'll look happier and more composed to those around you, and smiling more can help shake stress. It won't be long before you're feeling more relaxed and happy within yourself.
Dress the part
Giving yourself a little extra boost for the day can be as simple as putting on the right clothes. The key is comfort while remaining stylish and appropriate. You'd be surprised at how much better you'll feel through the day if you know you look good. Plus, dressing for the job you want rather than the job you have is a great way to make you look more confident, poised and professional to those around you.
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Think of things you're good at
If you find yourself getting bogged down by negative thoughts, stop and make a list of all the things you're good at. It's a great way to remind yourself of what you're capable of and refocus your brain on more positive thoughts.
Set some professional goals
If you're facing a big day or week, don't kick things off by thinking of how tough it's going to be to overcome. Instead, start off by setting some professional goals. This allows you to be more organised in your approach, making each task seem more manageable. And when you start ticking off a few of those goals, your confidence will get an immediate boost.
Aside from doing a body good, exercise is great for the mind. It's a stress reliever and studies show that people with regular exercise routines feel more confident about themselves. Even 20 minutes a day dedicated to a brisk walk is enough to get those endorphins going, which leads to positive thinking.
Find your 'power pose'
There has been plenty of research on the link between posture and confidence, with many studies concluding that if you stand or sit a certain way it can make you feel like you can conquer the world. Known as the 'power pose', holding this stance for two minutes or so is known to boost testosterone and lower stress hormones. The aim is basically to make yourself as big as possible. Puff up that chest, raise your arms to your hips Wonder Woman-style or throw them over your head in a v-shape for victory.
Get out of your comfort zone
It pays to take risks every once in awhile. Getting out of your comfort zone is a great way to prove to yourself that you're capable of doing more than you think. It's also a great way to push your boundaries and expand your horizons. It can be as simple as talking to someone new at the office or volunteering your time on a new project. With every success (big or small) comes a little boost of confidence, leaving you feeling like you can do anything you set your mind to.
One of the best ways to get your confidence going is knowing that you're prepared for anything. If you're feeling a little unsure of yourself at work, brush up on any and everything about all aspects of your job. You'll soon find that you're prepared to handle anything that gets thrown at you, which makes you look and feel like you really do know what you're doing.