Even if you’ve got a Rihanna-like ego, you’re bound to need a good self-esteem boost every so often. Next time your confidence is on shaky ground, crank it up with one of these easy tactics.
Fiddle with your Facebook timeline. Sure, reading a bunch of humblebragging status updates from friends may just piss you off, but a study found that spending time editing and adding to your own profile actually makes you feel better about yourself and the awesome things going on in your life.
Put on the one outfit or item of clothing you already know you look fantastic in. When you’re wearing something you really can rock, your self-assuredness skyrockets.
Have a dance party. Any form of exercise produces biochemical changes in your body that boost your mood and your confidence. Plus, shaking your ass to Nicki Minaj has a way of making you want to steal her awesome attitude.
Sit up straight. We know we sound like a nagging mother, but it totally works. Researchers found that improving your posture removes self-doubt from your thoughts. Try it the next time you’re in an important meeting; you’ll come off as strong and smart.
Keeping reminders of the amazing things you’ve accomplished—a degree, solo vacation, even finally kicking a jerky guy to the curb—reminds you how capable you are.
Wear red. Studies have shown that it’s the hue that instantly draws men to you. Knowing that thhottie at the bar is captivated by your hotness makes you act more confident, which in turn keeps him more entranced.
Do something nice. When we do something nice, it’s one of the rare moments that we really talk ourselves up, which is an instant boost for your ego.
Nod your head. Sounds silly, but a studyfound that nodding up and down as you speak (like when you’re telling your boss “I really deserve this raise”) makes you appear bolder and gutsier. Translation: no shaky, nervous voice.
Have sex. We swear, there isevidence to back this one up. When your stress level is high, your self-esteem begins to crack. An orgasm reduces stress, and that gets your confidence back where it belongs. If your guy isn’t available, do it solo.
Set a mini goal. We’re not talking about running a marathon or writing a novel—your goal can be as simple as finally printing out the 100+ photos you’re hoarding online or cooking a real dinner one night a week. Having a goal—and nailing it!—scores you some ballsiness.