Everyone has some insecurity in their life. When left unchecked, that insecurity can lead to major anxiety that affects your everyday life. Let’s take a look at some simple tips that can help you overcome your insecurities and concerns so that you face tomorrow with a smile.
Don’t Forget Your Own Value
Everyone has value, and everyone does something right. As of right now, you’ve probably taken the proper steps to help yourself. It’s essential to also recognize our efforts for ourselves.
Are you making the decision to eat healthier? That’s the first step to living healthy. Are you going to join an acting workshop to help you with confidence issues? That’s a commendable and confident move. Or it can even be something small, like helping your neighbor or coworker or feeding your pets. We’re valuable, and pinning negative thoughts on ourselves does a disservice for all the good that we do.
Accept Your Uniqueness and Awkwardness
We’re living in an age where people understand that not everyone is super eloquent, that people can be weird or different. And it is fine to be unique. If you think you’re awkward, the person you’re with probably thinks the same thing about themselves. Accept your differences and learn to laugh at your own failures. People will find your humor contagious and feel comfortable around you. Nowadays, being awkward is often seen as cute, so that’s one less thing to fret about.
Address Your Needs
Most of our insecurities come from a genuine concern that has a realistic source. It can be that we have crooked teeth, we avoid smiling, or feel like we’re so”fat” and have weight issues, or it could be other self-image-related issues. Taking care of yourself and addressing your insecurities also means taking practical steps to help rid yourself of insecurities.
Get bonded wire retainers to help fix your teeth, or join a health club so that you’re at a better weight. You can even ask friends to help dress you. Ultimately, most insecurities can be addressed by an actionable step; it should be addressed that way. It’s not a guarantee that it will make you feel confident, but it can help significantly.
Be with Loving People
When you surround yourself with apathetic and impersonal people, it’s easy to think that we’re not essential, and it magnifies our insecurities. This can happen in your job or even a social circle you’re in. While it’s not realistic to avoid those people, you should also surround yourself with people who love you.
Be with your friends who share the same interests and love you for what you are. Spend more time with your family. Having a social support system is essential for your mental health, and being with people who boost your confidence will help you carry that to other aspects of your life as well.
Contest Your Negative Ideas
Why is it that when we think of something positive for ourselves, we immediately pedal back and turn it into a negative? It’s a common trait among people with insecurity. However, a clever technique is to reverse it. When you’re thinking negatively of yourself, challenge your own thinking. You might have failed your test, but that’s not a reflection of your intelligence. It could be that you were tired or didn’t have enough time to prepare.
If you didn’t get the promotion you wanted, maybe it’s just that your managers don’t see your contributions. Making an effort to be more visible will help you with that. Instead of constantly doubting the positive things in our life, let’s switch that and start questioning the negative stuff. Often, we’ll learn something useful about it that can make our future better,
Learn to Walk Away
Certain situations trigger our insecurities, and walking away from them might seem like a “cowardly act” when in truth, it’s not. Learn to walk away from situations that make you feel uncomfortable. Learn to say no to people who make you feel insecure. It’s not that you’re running away from problems; you’re just avoiding stressors in your life.
This is especially important if you’re currently feeling anxious due to insecurities. You can address them later on and prove to yourself that you are, indeed, valuable. But for now, your mental well-being is more important. Return when you’ve prepared for it, as preparation is always the key.
Working with a therapist
At the end of the day, a professional can do more for you when you think you can’t do more for yourself. There’s no shame in asking for help, especially professional help for mental issues. It might just be the missing thing you’re looking for.