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With a brand new day comes the opportunity to be a brand new, best version ever of you. Each day can be treated like a new start and there is something amazingly cathartic about knowing you can off a new day a brand new, invigorated, and bolder version of you. Don’t you want that for yourself? To be the boldest, brightest, most kickass person possible? The fastest way to be that woman is to have more self-esteem. Confidence is not only sexy as hell; it’s also essential for every woman to have in spades.
How do you become a more confident version of yourself though? How can you bolster, strengthen, and bring to the forefront all the awesomeness already inside you and better yet, how do you bring forth parts of yourself you never even knew existed? If you’re still struggling to find that badass within, here are 15 ways to boost that self-esteem and start strutting.
Take Care of Yourself
Little in this world will make you feel sexier, more confident, and have higher self-esteem than knowing you’re looking and feeling your best. We’re not just talking about just hitting the gym with more regularity, we’re talking about taking care of yourself in all aspects of your life. This means working out, eating right, getting enough sleep, and pampering yourself now and again. It also means that it is all right to put taking care of yourself at the top of your “To Do” list without feeling guilty.
When you take care of yourself you are a better, happier, healthier version of you and then (and only then) can you be the best mother, wife, girlfriend, employee, sister, and friend possible. Taking an hour in the evening for a Zumba class that keeps you feeling saucy is not selfish. Indulging in a massage, facial, or expensive organic lunch is not something you have to explain away budget wise. It’s all right to treat and take care of yourself.
It may not be the most “positive” way to boost your self-esteem but who are we kidding? When you see how far you’ve come compared to your high school bully, heart-breaking ex, or evil boss you do feel better about yourself. Sure, self-esteem comes from within, but it’s a fact of life that you walk a little taller knowing you’ve made something fantastic of yourself and your life in the face of all the crap others may have put you through. We’re not saying to take perverse pleasure in their downfalls and misfortunes, only to take that time to appreciate just how far you have come, how much further you will go, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. After all, you’re taking care of yourself and making your dreams come true! But you gotta admit, seeing your high school nemesis blown up like a balloon and bitching about her government check being delayed has a certain amount of karmic justice.
Take Up a Hobby
There is a self-esteem boost that comes with being good at something that not everyone else is and in being a unique and diverse woman. When you find a hobby that suits you and you dive into it, you feel good about your accomplishments. It might be coding websites, graphic design, bowling, scrap booking, sketching, photography, or blogging. Whatever it is, find something that interests you and invest some time in it. Have fun with something that peaks your curiosity and make a serious go at killin’ it. You’ll be amazed how many people you meet within the community of your new hobby and having new, like-minded friends always boosts self-esteem.