To the people in your life, you’re a superhero — you’re mom. That’s not a role that everyone can play. And there is at least one person who depends on you and looks up to you because of it.
As much as your family adores you, though, you might not always feel as wonderfully as everyone sees you. If you find your confidence has waned, you aren’t alone. Surveys have shown that women lose a bit of self-esteem after having a child.
Luckily, though, there’s strength in numbers. Because so many moms have experienced the same lack in self-esteem, they’ve also been willing to share the ways they regained it. Ready to feel more confidence? Try these six easy methods to give yourself a boost.
Master the Five-Minute Face
Mom life is hectic. You know this already.
Because you give so much of your time to others, you probably skip out on the little self-care moments that made you feel confident in the past. So, make a point to devote five minutes to yourself in the morning to brighten up your face. Brightening up the area under your eyes, mattifying your skin and brushing on a slick of mascara can do wonders for your self-confidence.
Imagine it: you’ll catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, and you’ll see the spruced-up version of you. That’s one way to usher in multiple confidence boosts throughout the day.
Break a Sweat
A good workout has so many immediate benefits. You’ll get an influx of endorphins, which will have you feeling good — an instant confidence boost.
Over time, you’ll get even more out of these routine exercise sessions. As your body starts to change and tone up, your self-esteem should spike, too. Obviously, you look fab no matter what. But seeing little gains and feeling stronger can do wonders for your confidence, too.
You’ll be surprised at how easily you can fit workouts into your daily routine. Even if you can’t sneak away to the gym, you can exercise at home with a fitness app or a YouTube channel. Or, just go with a tried-and-true regimen full of squats, lunges, planks — all the moves that’ll help you tone up and feel amazing.
Whiten Your Teeth
A brighter smile can make you more confident to laugh and grin, and all of those actions will make you feel amazing.
And there are plenty of ways for you to whiten your smile, not all of which require professional help or big bucks. Flossing your teeth each night can help teeth look and feel cleaner. You might try mixing together baking soda and peroxide at a two-to-one ratio. Brush that combination onto your teeth for two minutes before rinsing — and revealing a sparkly smile.
Of course, in-office dental whitening can get you the fastest results. So, if you’re in for an easy, quick and effective confidence boost, talk to your dentist about your whitening options.
Catch Your Z’s
You might think that your late nights and early mornings help you get more done, thus making you feel more self-assured. It turns out, though, that sleep is vital in balancing your emotions. So, if you’re not catching enough Zs, it could have a detrimental effect on your mood and confidence.
The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to feel their best. So, make a point to rest for long enough and see how it positively affects your confidence levels.
Start a Gratitude Journal
It’s not just moms who struggle with self-confidence. So many of us log online and see others with seemingly perfect lives and, well, it makes us feel less-than. This applies even when we’re content with what we have. Comparison is the thief of joy!
So, you might boost your self-esteem by realizing exactly what it is you have and love. Wake up each morning and write down five things for which you are grateful. It could be your job, your kids, your health, your delicious breakfast… whatever it is that’s sparking joy, write it down. Then, you’ll remember all you have, which will make you feel confident in who you are and where you stand.
Be Gentle With Yourself
Finally, you might feel a lack of confidence because you’re too hard on yourself. Maybe you make mom mistakes and beat yourself up. Or you might feel overwhelmed by all of your responsibilities — and seeing other parents thrive makes you think you can’t compare.
The truth is, you’re doing the best you can, and you do so much — you’re a mom, after all. That should fill you with so much confidence on its own. Try talking to yourself as you would a friend. As you soften, you’ll feel your self-esteem tick upward.
Be Proud of Who You Are
These six tips could be the tricks you need to boost your confidence. No matter what it takes, it’s worth working a few moments for you into your schedule. You’re strong, you work hard, and you love everyone else fiercely. Now, it’s time to give yourself the same attention — and feel as good about yourself as everyone else does.