#LALC: 7 Tips For Regaining Confidence & Living Your Best Life
Written By: Virginia Cooper
Stressful life changes happen at every age: You may deal with a death in the family, transfer to a new university, struggle to manage a chronic illness, or navigate a move across the country. Consider the following tips from Creative Executive Lens for regaining your confidence and re-entering the world ready to continue with your life.
1. Let Go of What Does Not Help You
We all hang onto people, places, and events from our past. Sometimes, these things do not help us thrive. In the worst-case scenario, they can even hold us back from being our true selves. Take a good look at your relationships, career, and self-talk to determine what's worth keeping and worth letting go of.
2. Start Your Own Business
Now may be a perfect time to start your dream business. Create a business plan before you dive in to describe your business idea, your services, and your small enterprise's structure. Include plans for funding as well as at least a year's worth of financial projections to attract quality investors. Of course, there’s much more that goes into starting a business, from finding funding to registering everything with the state. There are many online resources that can provide you with all the information you need to get the ball rolling.
3. Go Back to School
Reinventing yourself might mean a career change. If you don't want to start a business, think about what industry you'd like to work in and determine what degree, certifications, or experiences you'll need to succeed in this field. Consider enrolling in an online degree program with flexible part-time options so that you can successfully balance work, school, and family responsibilities.
4. Start a New Fitness Routine
If you're bored with going to the gym, find a more mentally stimulating workout routine. Consider joining a hot yoga class, trying Zumba, or giving martial arts a shot. Martial arts can help you build confidence and discipline, and it'll help you learn important self-defense skills as well.
5. Relax More Effectively
There are many types of rest that don't involve sitting down and putting your feet up. If you're physically rested from getting eight hours of sleep every night but still feel mentally exhausted, you may not be getting enough creative or emotional rest. Make a list of what you need to relax, recharge, and go into the world as your best self — even if your idea of "rest" is not conventional and may seem strange to someone else.
6. Get Ahold of Your Finances
Many people find themselves in a difficult financial situation at some point in their lives. If you’re struggling to make ends meet or keep living paycheck to paycheck, it is important to take action and get a hold of your finances. There are a number of things you can do to reduce debt and improve your financial situation. One option is to refinance your home. This can lower your monthly payments and give you some breathing room in your budget. Another option is to reduce your overall debt by consolidating your debts into one payment. This can make it easier to keep track of your finances and make progress in paying off your debts.
7. Try Counseling
According to mental health workers and physicians alike, mental health is just as important as physical health. Prolonged stress can cause physical disease, and severe anxiety can get in the way of you enjoying every aspect of your life. If you're overwhelmed by anxiety or dragged down by depression — or, if you already take medication for a diagnosed condition such as ADHD or bipolar disorder and feel like you need more than pharmaceutical help — it may be time to try counseling.
Look online for a therapist who offers a free consultation and can work with you virtually to give you the care you need. You'll be able to select a professional from a wider variety of options, and you'll also save time on travel.
You don't have to spend your life working at a dead-end job, dealing with mounting debt or pleasing people who don't care about you. Learn to focus on your own goals and spend time with those who matter to you so that you can regain the confidence you need to succeed in the next chapter of your life.