Spring and summer are coming and with it are hot days that will require you to wear shorts, tank tops, and other hot weather clothing items. For some people, this can leave them feeling less than confident. We all have parts of our bodies that we don’t love, but that doesn’t mean you can’t walk in confidence no matter what you wear this summer. Here are some ways to boost your summer confidence so you can enjoy your time in the sun.
Invest in Clothes That Fit Your Body
Too many people wear clothing that’s either too loose or too tight and this can impact their self-confidence tremendously. Wearing clothes that fit your body can improve your confidence by helping you feel good about the way you look. When clothes fit well, you won’t feel frumpy or scared that a button is going to pop loose at an inconvenient time. Finding the right fit of shorts, tank tops, and other summer attire is important.
Splurge on a Luxury Swimsuit
Why a luxury swimsuit? It’s one of those items that can last for many years if you buy the right quality. They are often made to last longer, and they incorporate better and more comfortable materials. Too many people end up wearing cheap bathing suits that don’t help them look and feel their best. Whether you want luxury bikini bottoms that aren’t see-through or you prefer something high-waisted to hold in your mom pooch, there are tons of luxurious options out there. Luxury swimsuits are worth every penny when you can step out to the pool and the beach feeling your best.
Stop Comparing Yourself to People on Social Media
The first step to boosting your confidence is learning to stop comparing yourself to others. You’re not supposed to be like everyone else, and you shouldn’t try to be. It’s okay if your body doesn’t look smooth and perfect. That’s normal and that’s okay. It’s okay if you have extra cellulite and your thighs jiggle. Your body is still beautiful and you shouldn’t feel bad if it doesn’t meet some arbitrary ideal of beauty.
Do Something Fun and Playful
Want to boost your confidence this summer? Do things that are fun, that you enjoy, and that add play back into your life. Learn a new skill, or brush up on an old one. Find a game of frisbee golf to play with friends or sign up for a 5K race. Doing fun and playful things can boost your confidence immensely – especially as you get better at a skill or work hard toward a goal.
Practice Mindfulness Daily
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. It can help you be more focused, less stressed, and more aware of your body and how your emotions are affecting how you feel. You can do this through meditation or simply stopping when something feels uncomfortable.
Exercise More Often, Even if It’s Just 10 Minutes at a Time
Many people feel overwhelmed at the thought of exercising every day. However, daily exercise is one of the best ways to boost your mood. If you’re feeling low and unmotivated, it’s time to get moving. Even if it’s just 10 minutes at a time, exercise can make a big difference in how much confidence you feel during the day. Find an exercise routine that works with your schedule and your ability levels. You won’t be climbing mountains if you can barely walk to the mailbox. But don’t feel ashamed about only being able to walk a short distance. Over time, you can increase your stamina and your strength.
Be Mindful of Any Negative Self-Talk
Negative self-talk is a form of internal dialogue that we have with ourselves that’s not positive or encouraging. Calling yourself stupid or fat or unworthy are examples of negative things you could be saying about yourself. The key to recognizing negative self-talk is paying attention to how you talk to yourself in your head. If it sounds harsh and unkind or you wouldn’t say it to a friend, then chances are that you’re engaging in negative self-talk.
To stop this kind of thinking and build your self-confidence, start to replace those negative words with positive ones. “I made a mistake, but I am learning from it,” or “I have gained an extra 30 pounds from stress, but I am working on doing things that lower my stress levels,” are far more positive than calling yourself stupid or fat. You have the power to boost your confidence and have a great time this summer!