Are you lacking confidence in your job? Perhaps you’re getting into the swing of things after starting a new role or taking time away from work. Alternatively, you might have hit a wall or had your self-belief knocked by events in your personal life. Whatever your situation, confidence is learned, not innate, and there are lots of ways to build yours up.
The problem could be a lack of fulfilment in your work, of course. Three in five UK workers plan to make changes to their career following the pandemic, according to research by Aviva. But even so, growing your confidence will help with any potential job hunt or career switch too.
Below, read five practical tips from lingerie specialist Hunkemöller for building better trust in yourself.
Get a good night’s sleep
They say the key to a great day starts the night before, and getting good sleep will give you the physical energy and headspace you need to feel good.
The NHS advises that the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Aim to go to bed and get up at consistent times, start winding down an hour or two before bed, and curate a comfortable and relaxing sleep environment.
If you struggle to get to sleep on an evening, you could consider
- Limiting your screen time and exposure to blue light on an evening
- Utilising sleep sprays on your pillows
- Spend some time emptying your thoughts and feelings into a journal before bed to help feel cathartic and at peace
Hone your morning routine
Next, going through a healthy routine once up will help start your day on the right note. Making time for a healthy breakfast is key to maintaining positive energy throughout the day, while exercise can also boost your mood and mental health.
Morning meditation is another great option, especially if you often feel overwhelmed or anxious. You could combine this practice with positive self-affirmations, which help reinforce your self-worth. Try drinking lemon water around 20 minutes before a healthy breakfast to fuel your body with the energy it needs to have a productive day.
Dress to impress
Homeworking might have changed how many of us dress for work, but the fact remains that we often feel better when we look our best. Clean, tailored clothes such as shirts or dresses are a must but remember to stick to your employers dress code. No matter what you’re wearing, well-fitting lingerie can help you feel more confident and create smooth lines whether you’re holding video calls or heading out.
It’s not the only way to feel good of course. But if you’ve gotten a little too comfortable in loungewear, it could be time to switch things up.
Celebrate your progress
It’s easy to go through life constantly searching for the next step up, while overlooking everything you’ve done to get to where you are. But celebrating your wins is important for building and maintaining confidence.
Remember where you’ve come from, whether that means school, junior positions or somewhere else. Setting regular goals meanwhile is a great way to recognise your progress on a monthly or even daily basis.
Ask for help
Some people see asking for help as a sign of weakness, but many wiser heads will tell you it’s a sign of strength. You might lack confidence in a particular skill, for example, or feel overwhelmed by your workload. Often, speaking up is the best way to ease your worries.
Having a mentor can be especially beneficial in this regard, so try and find a suitable candidate if you don’t have one already.
Could your lack of confidence be down to shortcomings in any of these areas? By taking proactive steps to address the problem, you could soon start feeling more confident in your day-to-day work.