I work with so many young people who are suffering from low self-esteem
and a lack of confidence. All are amazing individuals with so much potential
but they just simply cannot see it within themselves. It takes me back to when
I was a teenager at school constantly comparing myself to everyone else and
never feeling like I was good enough. Low self-esteem has been one of my
biggest challenges in life and when I look back over the last 10 years I can
see such a huge difference from the insecure girl I was to where I am now. Not
to say there isn’t still room for growth but it just reinforces to me that if
you put in the effort to grow as an individual amazing things truly can happen.
Here are 5 tips I give my clients to help boost their confidence
levels which have thoroughly aided me with mine over the years.
1.Take risks! If you stay within your comfort zone
you may avoid the anxiety and fear but you will also miss out on the
excitement, sense of accomplishment and personal growth that occurs with risk
taking (safe risk taking that is). I am not saying go bungee jumping but if
there is something you have been avoiding such as talking in front of a group
or going up to the boy your like to say hello just go and do it. Really, what
is the worst that can happen? He doesn’t say hi back? Either way the boost of
confidence you feel after attempting something that terrifies you is indescribable
and it just shows you that you can do it again in the future and the world will
2.Find something that you are good at and enjoy. For
me I always enjoyed art so I did many art related extra-curriculum activities
which always left me in a really good mood. I would also feel really good about
myself when I completed a project. But it doesn’t have to be art, you can join
the vocal ensemble at school if you enjoy singing, join a sports team, do some writing
or cooking at home. Just find something that brings you joy and go do it!
3.Do something active daily that will help to raise
your energy levels. When you are exhausted you simply cannot find the energy to
go do something fun or out of your comfort zone. All you want to do is sit on
the couch watching TV. Exercise is one of the best ways to boost your energy
levels. If you don’t want to go outside and take a walk or a jog, you can simply
run on the spot for 2 minutes a day and it’s as good as going for a 2 minute
run (besides the lack of fresh air of course). You can even do this while watch
TV so no excuses!
4.Surround yourself with like-minded, positive people.
How are you ever going to feel good about yourself if you are constantly
surrounded by people who bring you down? This is one lesson I have had to learn
over the years. If after spending time with your friends you leave feeling down
rather than happy then maybe they are the wrong type of people for you to be
hanging out with. Friends are there to make you feel good about yourself and to
have fun with. If this is not happening find some new friends.
5.Meditate. Doing something that helps you connect
to yourself, reduce stress and feel grounded will allow to be the amazing
person you are supposed to be. Meditation helps you feel empowered to take on
the world and gives you direction in life.
We all look forward to going on holidays but one thing that tends to detract from the fun is jet lag. The change of time zones can really throw off your body. Here are some simple tips to help you adjust to the change in time zones and reduce the feeling of jet lag.
1.Get straight back into a proper sleeping patter.
Try to avoid napping during the day, wait until night time before going to
2.Go outside and look at the moon before bed and
get some morning sun first thing in the morning. This helps to reset your body
3.Take a vitamin B complex in the morning with
4.Eat foods rich in tryptophan in the evening so
that your body can naturally produce melatonin out circadian rhythm hormone
such as turkey, chicken, dairy products, nuts and seeds, dates, oysters.
5.Stay hydrated. While traveling aim to drink as
much water as possible. Avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and
caffeine. Drink plenty of water after landing as well as remaining hydrated
will significantly reduce the effects of travel.
6.Get up and walk around the cabin frequently.
7.Bring snacks on to the plane such as fruit,
mixed nuts and seeds or vegetable sticks. Try to minimise plane food, particularly
heavy food when traveling.
8.Take a melatonin supplement on the plane to help
you sleep and for the first few nights when arriving at your destination.
9.Think of the plane as being in the time zone of
your destination and use the melatonin accordingly.
10.If you feel tired and require a coffee or tea
make sure they are consumed no later than lunch time and you drink an extra
glass of water to aid hydration.