You probably know that mindfulness has a number of wonderful benefits. From having a better mind-body connection to lowering your blood pressure, mindfulness is an excellent method to for improving body and mind. While you may know of those benefits, did you know that mindfulness could help you build your self-confidence? In this article, you’ll discover exactly how a daily mindfulness practice may help.
Why Should You Build Your Self-confidence?
The most important reason is self-confidence is one of the most important ingredients for your happiness and success. Feeling confident makes you feel more motivated. This motivation gives you more energy. The increased energy helps you to reach your goals. It can even strengthen your relationships and enhance your health.
Are you ready to feel surer of yourself and your ability to face life’s challenges? If you are, then here are some mindfulness meditation methods you can use to build your self- confidence and self-esteem.
Using Mindfulness to Increase Your Awareness
Negative self-talk is one of the biggest causes behind doubting yourself. This self-doubt can narrow your perspective. In turn, this can cause you to lose opportunities as you you shy away from taking risks.
You can use mindfulness, along with the 5 R process to create a safe space for examining your negative self-talk. This can help you change your negative habitual self-talk into something much more empowering. This is how you can begin to build your self-confidence.
Use These Mindfulness Strategies to Build Your Self-Confidence:
1. Keep in mind your posture affects your confidence.
Learning to be mindful of your posture can help build your self-confidence. This is because how you hold your body affects everything your do. You can learn more about developing empowering postures in Mindful Mastery.
As you begin your meditation session, sit tall, lift the top of your head to the sky and take deep breaths. Scan your body from head to foot to locate any discomfort. When you find a spot, try squeezing the muscles in that area and then releasing them.
2. Be nonjudgmental.
We all have thoughts about who we are and what we’ve done. When you have a thought, notice it and it’s accompanying feelings without criticizing them. Accept them for what they are, thoughts.
3. Challenge your assumptions.
Now that you’re noticing your thoughts, take a moment to analyze them. You can use the 5 R process to do this.
The 5 R process is to recognize the thought, record it, remind yourself of past successes, replace old disempowering thoughts with empowering thoughts and then repeat the process. By examining your typical reactions and considering more constructive approaches you are rewiring your thinking. You can find out more about how you can use the 5 R process to help you overcome unhelpful beliefs in Mindful Mastery.
4. Pay attention
Left to its own devices, your mind will drift along on autopilot. It will flit from one thing to another, never staying in one place too long. Buddhists call this the monkey mind.
This is where mindfulness meditation can help. Mindfulness practices can help you pay better attention to what you are doing here and now. This is how you take charge of your thinking and your life life.
Using Mindfulness Meditation to Generate Self-Compassion
As you can see, you may be undermining your self-confidence without even realizing it. As you use mindfulness meditation to pay attention to your thoughts, you will find opportunities to transform the way you think about and, ultimately, treat yourself.
Use these techniques to build your self-confidence:
1. Change your self-talk.
As mentioned before, what you tell yourself makes a huge difference in how you think about yourself. One of the best ways to build your self-confidence is to replace the harsh messages you tell yourself with friendlier feedback.
- Recite Affirmations.
Step 4 of the 5 R process is replacing old self-talk with new, empowering self-talk. You do this by developing powerful positive affirmations. Write your own encouraging affirmations or find inspiration in scriptures and self-help books. You can then use these affirmations as a way to stay focused during meditation.
3. Take care of you.
If you want to build your self-confidence, you need to take care of your whole body. You can begin by scheduling daily meditation time, but don’t stop there. Make healthy eating, regular exercise, and restorative sleep part of your daily routine too.
4. Seek support.
Much of what you think about yourself comes from childhood memories and other influences like teachers and school companions. These early memoires can make it difficult to show compassion for yourself.
One method you can use to counter this is listening to guided meditations. Some people also find NLP and hypnotherapy as a useful way to deal with past problems. Others find talking with a therapist to be very helpful. Find a method that works best for you.
Using Mindfulness Meditation to Accomplish More
True confidence comes from making a habit of learning from feedback and recognizing your achievements. Paying attention gives you the ability to do just that.
By living mindfully, you begin to build your self-confidence. This self-assurance will help you to excel in your personal and professional life. This will help you become the person you really want to be!