Components of Confidence: Your Appearance and Posture

Your Appearance

Taking pride in your appearance and feeling good in what you are wearing, at all times, is an important part of feeling good about yourself.  You may feel that caring too much about what we look like can make us seem self-absorbed or vein, however when we feel good about our appearance it brings our energy up and others can see and feel that.  Start each day by putting that energy into yourself. On the days you put a little more effort into how you look or what you are wearing, you must admit that you feel better about yourself.  A new article of clothing or haircut that we love is proof of how our appearance can do wonders in boosting our confidence.  Ironically when we feel confidence about our own appearance, we can actually focus less on ourselves and worry less about what we look like and instead give more to others.

Your Posture
How you hold yourself on the outside not only shows others you are confident, according to several scientific studies it is a proven fact that holding your body in a proper alignment gives your emotional state a confidence boost. In one such study, researchers in New Zealand studied what effect slumped or straightened posture had on the hearts and minds of 74 people, who were strapped into their assigned postures with tape. Their blood pressure and heart rates were measured as they completed a series of tasks designed to assess their mood, self-esteem and stress levels.  “The upright participants reported feeling more enthusiastic, excited, and strong, while the slumped participants reported feeling more fearful, hostile, nervous, quiet, still, passive, dull, sleepy, and sluggish,” study authors write. Good posture was also associated with higher self-esteem, less social fear and fewer negative emotions. That’s not all: they also had stronger pulse responses than their slumped friends. So there you have it; When we have good posture there’s a physical and chemical reaction within the body that actually improves our mood and confidence.

Check back for the next post:  Your Attitude & Demeanor

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