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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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Acting Confident: 4 Mistakes You May Be Making

Therapist and blogger Emily Roberts explains mistakes people make when trying to be confident and simple solutions to fix them.

Acting Confident: 4 Mistakes You May Be Making

There are many mistakes people make when attempting to act confident. Last week’s post was a vlog on the difference between self-confidence and selfishness, a common misconception that can be detrimental to relationships and to ones overall self-esteem. Taking this a step further, the three big mistakes mentioned below can be uncomfortable to admit, and yet can help you tremendously on the path to building a better relationship with yourself.

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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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Communicate With Confidence: Must-Have Skills

Learning how to communicate effectively can change your relationships with others and yourself. Learn skills you can implement right now to make yourself a more confidence and effective communicator.

Communicate With Confidence: Must-Have Skills

The way we communicate with others, especially in emotionally intense situations contributes to our overall level of confidence. Years ago, I was in a relationship that was spiraling downward; one of the major catalysts was our ineffective communication. So eager to get our points across, even in everyday conversations, neither one of us was being heard by the other. The end result left both of us feeling exhausted, disrespected and unappreciated. I am sure that you too have been in situations where your ability to communicate feels stuck; perhaps with a boss, friend, or parent. When we can’t communicate effectively we are left with a lot of resentment, unhappiness, and many times we blame ourselves. Learning how to effectively speak with others, especially in situations that can be emotionally triggering is a skill.

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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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How to Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals: The Post-It Challenge

How to Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals: The Post-It Challenge

Dissatisfied with her current job, Kara dreamed about another career, one in which she was her own boss. She spent hours making jewelry for fun, but never really thought she could make it a business. She was confident of her skills, but not in her ability to make big life decisions, leading to conflict within herself.

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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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