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You Can Be Confident All Day Long

Want to feel more confident everyday? Try these tips for overcoming self-doubt and build unshakeable confidence in every moment of the day.

You Can Be Confident All Day Long

Every day you are faced with situations that can make or break your confidence. A late start, coffee spill, or inbox full of emails can stress you out, and bring about self-doubt. Interactions with others can lift you up or bring you way down. These experiences don’t have to take over your day, but often times they do. Rather than letting them get to you, try adding in these confidence building activities to keep you thinking positive throughout the day.

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Act Like An Adult and Build Self-Esteem

Psychotherapist and author Emily Roberts explains why acting like an adult can increase your self-esteem and is easier than you may think.

Act Like An Adult and Build Self-Esteem

When you behave and act like an adult, it is good for creating healthy self-esteem. This doesn’t mean you have to read The Times every morning or button up your suit, rather it is a way you treat yourself and others that reduces anxiety and negative self-talk. I know many adults who act immature and children whose behaviors are better than grey haired grown-ups. Whether you’re 14 or 42, you have likely been taught some basics about acting maturely. The more childish you are in handling life’s ups and downs, the worse you will feel in the long run.

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Tools For Building Self-Esteem in Children

Therapist and Healthy Place Blogger, Emily Roberts, gives parents tools to help their child develop self-esteem from difficult situations.

Tools For Building Self-Esteem in Children

Self-esteem in children is such an important issue. After all, childhood is full of experiences that can help or hinder one’s self-esteem as an adult. It is the foundation for the metaphorical “house” we live in as our adult selves. Too many unresolved cracks can attribute to insecurity as adults.

Many situations with peers, academics, and stress affect a child’s self-esteem and can contribute to how a child see’s him/herself in the future. It is impossible for parents to be there every step of the way, however there is certain language, questions and ways of acting that can help build self-assurance, confidence and a healthy self-esteem in your child. When parents use the right skills, it also enhances the relationship with their child in terms of the child’s trust and communication with the parent throughout adolescence. When parents use tools that the child feels are invalidating, the opposite occurs.

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Insecurity: Is the Media to Blame?

Insecurity comes from the media, our culture, and our inner feelings. Learn how insecurity and the media’s provocative images are related and how self-esteem can be built.

Insecurity: Is the Media to Blame?

Many times, people relate confidence and self-esteem to their outer appearance, rather than their internal qualities. This is often the first thing I hear from clients when asked what they like about themselves: they give me features that others have suggested to be physically appealing rather than skills, accomplishments, and personality traits they feel to be true.  Often, they truly don’t even believe the compliments, “well my friends say I have pretty hair” or “Other guys tell me I’m in good shape.” Let’s be honest, how can they not? It’s difficult to get that deep, especially in a culture that bombards us with images that are impossible to achieve without Photoshop. The emphasis on external perfection is detrimental to both male and females, as it confuses self-esteem and self-worth with one’s appearance.

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The Comparison Game: You’ll Never Win

Comparing ourselves to others is a recipe for disaster and lowers our self-esteem. Find out how to feel good in your own skin with tactic to help you stop comparing and start embracing your uniqueness.

The Comparison Game: You’ll Never Win

Comparing Yourself to Others

We all play the comparison game, often times completely unaware that we will always lose in some capacity. Maybe it’s guy next to you on the treadmill who just ran a 6 minute mile while you are huffing and puffing after just a lap, or your best friend who just got engaged, when you’ve have had zero dating prospects in the last 12 months. It’s natural to compare ourselves to others, especially when we perceive them as having something we want. Our ego, or negative self-talk, tries to convince us that it’s “motivating” to look at and compare when the reality is that it’s totally self-destructive and lowers our self-esteem

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Choosing Happiness

Learn how to choose to live a happier lifestyle that increases your confidence and healthy with 6 simple steps that you can practice now.

Choosing Happiness

For years, research has suggested that the happier and less stressed we are, the less likely we are to get sick, develop long-term health issues and lead more fulfilled lives. The more pessimistic, stressed out, and lacking in self-confidence we are, the more health hazards come our way. From stroke, heart attacks, depression, even cancer, many studies suggest that a happier life leads to lower risks for developing such health problems.

It can be habitual for some to look at the glass half empty, going through each day as if it is a burden, and consequently impacting their relationships with others and themselves. A lack of self-confidence leads to low self–esteem, fear of failure, negative expectations, self doubt, and unhappiness.

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Maintaining Confidence and Control Amongst Chaos

This blog discusses how one can maintain their confidence even in chaotic, stressful life circumstances. Emily Roberts, gives readers tips and tools to apply to life situations in order to enhance their control and confidence during these times and in everyday circumstances.

Maintaining Confidence and Control Amongst Chaos

Life transitions can wreak havoc on your confidence level and sense of self. Breakups, breakdowns, job changes, moves, friendship woes, an illness, or simply a change in routine, can be beyond stressful for many of us, and be a catalyst for bringing you down. Often, in these chaotic times, what matters most is how you take on the event and what you do to stay true to yourself.

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How to Make A Confident First Impression

Making a confident first impression can be challenging, learn how to feel confident and make a positive first impression by following these three tips.

How to Make A Confident First Impression

Do you ever find yourself stressing out before attending an event or meeting new people? Making a first impression and feeling self-confident in social situations can be challenging for many, but doesn’t have to be. Emily shares three tips on how to make a confident first impression while appearing self-assured, thinking positively, and most importantly, feeling good about yourself.

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Speaking Up Will Increase Your Self-Esteem

Do you assert yourself? Is your self-esteem suffering due to the inability to communicate you needs? Discover new assertiveness techniques that can help increase your self-esteem and confidence.

Speaking Up Will Increase Your Self-Esteem

Speaking up and the ability to act assertively is a common challenge for anyone struggling with self-esteem. Assertiveness is expressing ones needs and desires in an effective and respectable manner. When we avoid speaking up and expressing how we feel or what we need, we are sabotaging our self-esteem and allowing negative feelings to build up internally.

The way we communicate with others is a direct reflection of how we feel about ourselves. When you don’t speak up for yourself, it gives others the impression that you have little self-respect. The same is true when you express yourself in a flippant or aggressive manner, people stop listening  and lose respect. However, when feelings are effectively communicated, others hear you. This creates healthy relationships and increases confidence to manage feelings, thus building self-esteem.

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Simple Self-Esteem Boosters to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Simple Self-Esteem Boosters to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem boosters are a good way to begin your journey to building or improving your self-esteem.

When you are feeling insecure, nervous, or lacking confidence and self-esteem in a situation, your body language reflects it. Remember the first day of school when you were growing up? Were the confident kids the ones looking down at their shoes, mumbling, and standing shrugging their shoulders? No, they were the ones who were smiling at you, inviting you to sit with them at lunch, and walking around the halls with a purpose. Think about how this plays out in adulthood. Do you walk around like the shy kid who gets pushed around in a crowded cafeteria, or the self-assured, student who has no problem raising her hand in class and making new friends?

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