Give a hug
Hugging, kissing, and other forms of physical touch release oxytocin, a hormone commonly known as “the cuddle hormone,” which facilitates bonding and releases stress. A recent study done by UCLA found that the gene that controls oxytocin is also linked to self-confidence. Activating your oxytocin can help you feel more confident. And genetics aside, simply being reminded that you’re loved in any way is an instant self-confidence booster. Don’t forget these powerful ways to remind yourself that you’re worthy.
Hatch a plan
Fear and feelings of inadequacy are a major source of low confidence. The antidote to the poison of fear? Coming up with a solid plan that acknowledges and addresses potential problems. For instance, parents with critically ill babies reported that rather than being scared, they felt much more confident after talking through “nightmare scenarios” with medical personnel, according to a study published in The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.