Having confidence in yourself is such an important part of life. Without it, you’ll miss out on so many opportunities but often, we struggle to find that confidence. It ends up becoming a vicious cycle because when you aren’t confident, you’ll retreat back into yourself and that will only make you feel worse and harm your confidence further. But often, there are specific things that are causing that lack of self-confidence and there is something you can do about it. These are the unexpected things that damage your confidence and what you can do about it.
The food that we eat has a huge impact on our mood so if you aren’t eating well, it could easily be causing you to lack confidence. Constantly snacking on sugary foods and not getting enough nutrition can lead to feelings of anxiety which will have a big effect in social situations. On top of that, you’re far more likely to suffer from weight issues if you aren’t eating properly and that’s another big confidence killer. But if you start living a healthy lifestyle, eating properly and exercising regularly, you’ll be a lot happier. You’ll find that you have a lot more confidence in social situations and some of that anxiety you feel around people will go away. You’ll also be a lot happier with the way that you look which is always a big confidence booster.
Nobody really considers the social implications of hearing problems but they are massive. If you can’t hear people properly and you’re constantly asking them to repeat themselves, you’ll really struggle in social situations. People with hearing problems often feel like they’re out of the loop and they can’t really join in properly. If you think that you might have a hearing issue, get a test and look into getting hearing aids. You’ll find that it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for you and you won’t lack that confidence in social situations.
Stress is probably one of the biggest health problems that we face as a society. It’s been linked to so many physical and mental illnesses and it can also really affect your confidence. When you get stressed, your fight or flight mechanism kicks in and your body releases stress hormones. When that’s happening all the time, it can lead to a lot of mental health issues which really affect your confidence. It’s also difficult to engage with people after a long, stressful day so you may find that your relationships with friends suffer. If left untreated, this can easily lead to a big lack of confidence. Often, it’s difficult to avoid stress if you’re busy at work but you just need to make sure that you’re not taking your work home with you and you’re taking regular holidays. If things get really bad, you should speak to your boss and see if there is anything you can do.
These things can easily cause a lack of confidence but you can always do something about it and get your confidence back.