COVID-19 and Self-confidence: What Can We Do to Feel Better About Ourselves
There’s no hiding the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our mental health. Our activities are limited, we’re encouraged to spend almost all our time at home, and the fear of the unknown surrounds us. Aside from this, remote working and online classes make it difficult to separate work matters from personal matters. With all these factors in play and no end of the pandemic in sight, it isn’t a surprise that many are losing the motivation and even-self confidence to adjust to the new post-pandemic world.
While it may sound difficult at first, getting your feet back on the ground is the first step to thriving despite everything happening in the world. With that, here are a few tips for doing just that.
Accept the Way Things Are
We often find ourselves in situations that aren’t in our control, and the current global pandemic is one of them. It’s easy to reject this notion and try to grasp any form of normalcy in your life, but the first step to getting your motivation and self-confidence back is acceptance.
Allow yourself to accept that the world has changed and that this is the new normal. By doing this, you won’t only get your peace of mind back, but you’ll also pave the way for a growth mindset. This is where you take your challenges and failures and turn them into opportunities for growth.
So whether you’ve lost your job, are going through a rough breakup, or find yourself struggling with online classes, it’s important to remember that there are just some things in life you can’t control. If you’ve denied yourself that peace in the past, remember that it’s okay to make mistakes and forgive yourself. Mistakes aren’t a reflection of who you are, and making mistakes doesn’t make you a bad person.
Talk to Someone
We often find ourselves struggling to see our worth, especially during our darkest times. Sometimes, opening up your feelings to someone you trust is the best way to get everything off your chest. In turn, you learn to see yourself from somebody else’s point of view. Doing this can help you see a more positive and interesting side of yourself that you might not have realized you had. If you’re not a fan of sharing your personal life with others, practice positive self-talk.
Simply put, self-talk is a combination of beliefs and biases that serve as our inner dialogue. Depending on your personality, your self-talk can be positive or negative. If you’re a pessimist, you use negative self-talk, which isn’t good for your health. Positive self-talk provides benefits like reducing stress, boosting confidence, and even helping build better relationships.
Channel Negativity into Positively
Life is full of both good times and bad times. However, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t let those bad times define your life or abilities. Whenever you find yourself in a bad situation or surrounded by negative emotions, release them in a positive outlet. Yoga, virtual hangouts, singing, making yourself a good meal- there are so many ways to turn bad moments into good ones. Not only is it beneficial for you, but it’s beneficial for your health. Allowing yourself to stay in a bad mood and accumulating stress can impact both your physical and mental health in the long run.
Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is more important than ever. While it’s important to keep an eye on your work and make sure that everything gets done, don’t forget to take a break whenever you can. If you don’t take care of your health, both your health and work will suffer. Consider taking a 5 to 10-minute break between each task to stand, stretch, and get yourself a glass of water.
Looking a little dull in your Zoom meeting? Invest in a skincare routine that you can easily follow to improve your skin. It’s also a great way to prepare you for bedtime. Different products work for different kinds of skin, so if you’re not sure how to go about your skincare routine, a dermatologist might be able to help you with your skin concerns. If you’re in and out of meetings every day, knowing you have fresh and glowing skin is a great way to increase your confidence.
With so much going on in the world, it’s important to check in on our friends and family. However, it’s just as important to check in on ourselves. When you lose your self-confidence and motivation, it shows. But if you want to thrive in the post-pandemic era, raise those confidence and motivation levels by accepting the new normal, living life more positively, and taking care of yourself.
Meta title: Self-confidence Tips to Help You Thrive During a Pandemic
meta desc: The pandemic has brought many changes to our environment, our homes, and most especially, us. With virtual meetings left and right, trying to find the motivation and confidence to power through them is a daunting task.