The birds are chirping, and the leaves are starting to bud. The signs of spring can be a welcome sight to anyone but particularly those living in harsh winter climates. Spring is a time for renewal and a time to start fresh and clean. This period of renewal can be a breath of fresh air but can also trigger unwanted stress and feelings of uncertainty.
Stress and uncertainty may be inevitable at times. These feelings hamper how you perceive yourself and your confidence levels. Stress can be triggered by work, by family situations, or by simply having too much on your plate. The neverending news cycle, social media comparison, and fears about the future can also cause uncertainty.
While these feelings are valid, there are ways to help mitigate or even combat them before they start to creep up. If you’re reentering the world after hibernating this winter, keep reading. We’ll share three ways to enter spring as your most confident self.
1. Adopt a Morning Routine
How you start your morning can shift your mindset for the rest of the day. A grounding, reviving morning routine can also help you adjust to the new season. Morning routines don’t need to be complicated or long. Think of your routine as a series of mini habits or self-care rituals. Taking even a few minutes to yourself can be rewarding.
Your morning routine will be unique to you and your needs. It can evolve, and you may find it takes a few weeks to adopt one over time. Instead of thinking about what you shouldn’t be doing, think about what you can do for yourself first. For example, maybe you take three deep breaths before reaching for your phone in the morning. Or perhaps you go for a walk or step outside while sipping your morning coffee or tea.
Your morning routine can also include some helpful habits. If you have troublesome skin, for instance, perhaps you make your skincare and acne treatment a priority in the morning. Giving yourself even five minutes to care for your skin can make a difference. Whatever you decide to include or not include in your morning routine is up to you. Stick with it, and you’ll soon be seeing yourself in a more confident, charismatic light.
2. Nourish Your Body
What you put into your body can also alter how you think about yourself. When you are nourishing your body with wholesome and healthful foods, you will feel more radiant. Your digestion will feel good, and your skin will shine. Processed or sugary foods may be delicious, but they can lead to mood swings, sugar crashes, and oxidative stress. Not to mention, one less healthy choice can lead to many more unhealthy choices in the same day, week, or year.
Similar to your morning routine, think about what you can add to your plate rather than what you have to take away. If you are having pasta, add some greens to the dish. Or if you are going out with friends for lunch, order a side salad along with your meal. Add some chia seeds to your smoothie for a healthful source of fiber. Over time, you’ll begin to crave more wholesome foods and decide not to grab the chips or fries every time.
Additionally, certain foods can even boost your mood and your confidence. Anti-inflammatory foods such as leafy greens, salmon, nuts, and seeds are all great options. Don’t think that these foods should deprive or limit you in any way! Chocolate is even known to boost mood, particularly dark chocolate. Start focusing on eating well for a more confident version of you.
3. Pamper Yourself
You know the feeling you have when you leave the hair salon? You feel like a new human and want to show off your new look. Pampering yourself can have real benefits for your mood. The better you feel about yourself, the more confident you feel in your own skin.
Again, how you pamper yourself will vary from person to person. Scheduling some “you” time can help make it a priority. If you’re a busy parent, ask a neighbor or family member if they can watch the kids while you take a yoga class. If you are working from home, block off time in your day to make that afternoon cup of tea. Commit to this time just as you would a regularly scheduled work meeting.
Lastly, don’t think that pampering yourself has to be expensive. There are plenty of self-care options you can do right now at home for free. Some examples are lighting a candle while you cook, playing music while you take a shower, or even just going to bed early. These simple acts of kindness will contribute to your own self confidence by allowing you to rejuvenate and grow.
The changing of seasons from the dreary winter blues to the cheerful spring days is a great opportunity to focus on your confidence. By adopting a morning routine, eating wholesome foods, and pampering yourself, you can start to connect to your deeper sense of self. Moreover, putting your needs first and taking the time to truly care for yourself will increase your confidence.