Are you feeling bored in a day-to-day routine? Do you wish you could get out of your comfort zone but don’t know how to start? Maybe there is something you have always wanted to try but you’re afraid or unmotivated? You are not alone! Most people feel this way at some point in their lives. Here are five proven strategies to build confidence and overcome fear.
- Learn Something New
Start with achievable goals first, then set higher goals as you accomplish them. This will help to keep you motivated. Learning a new skills can provide an opportunity to discover a talent that gives you a greater sense of purpose — or, at the very least — a new creative outlet.
Your brain is capable of change and growth at all stages of life. According to Piedmont.org, the brain’s prefrontal cortex thickens when learning new skills, demonstrating a physiological change that correlates with higher IQ and better memory.
As we learn, we build confidence in different areas of life. Building more confidence reduces the amount of fear and anxiety we experience as well. In continuing to learn new skills, you can actually expand your comfort zone instead of just stepping out of it temporarily.
- Engage in Physical Activity
While any physical activity is beneficial to health and wellbeing, there are a couple of activities that can improve your confidence quickly and reliably.
An article on Prevention.com noted that both yoga and resistance training improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression.
Resistance training is ideal for developing confidence via body image. Yoga can boost confidence rather quickly by improving your mood and posture.
- Helping Others
Helping others can give you a sense of purpose and improve your mindset. According to Livingwell.org, giving and cooperating with others stimulates reward areas in the brain. As you begin to shift the focus from yourself to others, you will likely find that it feels good to get out of your head and be of service. Volunteering, tutoring, and mentoring are all ways that you can step out of your comfort zone and gain confidence at the same time. In addition, those who participate in voluntary service generally have higher self-esteem and better physical and mental health.
People spend too much time dwelling on things they cannot change and making mountains out of molehills. However, being present can be a huge confidence booster. Mindfulness results in improved mood and reduced anxiety — among other benefits. Untangle yourself from the constant stream of unhelpful thoughts, and focus on what you can change instead.
If you need more structure or guidance in your day-to-day life, there are many valuable meditation apps available to try. You can use specific meditations or mantras to boost confidence and motivation to move toward your specific goals.
- Limit Social Media
Spending too much time on social media can negatively impact your mental health and confidence. Selecthealth.org found the average person is on social media for two hours per day and suggests limiting that time to thirty minutes. While there are positive ways to use these platforms, too many of us fall into the cycle of scrolling and comparing ourselves to others’ curated lives. Just think of what you can accomplish with all that extra time!
It is never too late to start making positive changes in your life. Confidence and getting out of your comfort zone are things that work hand in hand and depend on the amount of effort you put in.
The more you accomplish, the more confident you will feel, and the more your comfort zone will expand. Employ these five tips in your life, then get out there and make the most of it!