7 Ways to Feel More Confident

 

It’s the beginning of a New Year and even if you don’t make resolutions, feeling confident about your physical appearance is something we all struggle with. If you’re like most of us, it starts during the teenage years. This can be very difficult to overcome. We tend to get more confidence as we grow older, this doesn’t always apply to how we feel about the way we look. Here are some things we can all do to improve ourselves. 

     Go to the gym

Not only will you be able to tone up, but you’ll feel better about yourself knowing that you’re working hard to achieve something and actually use your body. Exercise releases endorphins too which will naturally make you feel happier. 

     Make a list of things you like about yourself

You probably already have a mental list of the things you don’t like about your appearance, but what about the things you do like? There’s always at least one thing that people like about themselves, so spend half an hour looking in the mirror and making your list. 

     Change the things you can

Rather than dwelling on the things you don’t like about yourself, recognize the ones you have some control over and start changing them bit by bit. If you bite your fingernails and don’t like the look of your hands, stop biting them and start looking after them more. If you don’t like your hair, look into options for different styles and colors.

    Surround yourself with positive people

Don’t surround yourself with people who talk negatively about themselves or about you and other people. Talking to people who constantly put themselves down can make you feel worse about yourself too.

   Relax

You can feel better about yourself if you take time to relax and look after your body. Take part in meditation classes, go for regular massages, have a bath at the end of a long day or treat yourself to some new cosmetic products.

    Buy a new wardrobe

You can feel bad about the way you look if you’re wearing old clothes or clothes which don’t fit you properly anymore. Go out with a friend one weekend and buy yourself a new wardrobe for the upcoming season.

    Smile more

When you smile more, you will automatically become more attractive, both to yourself when you look in the mirror and to the people around you. This will lead to more compliments which will always boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself. You don’t have to take big steps to change you life in 2018. Start with some of the easy ones and add to them in six months. Sometimes we jump right in expect too much of ourselves. Have a great and peaceful year, while you become a new you.

 

 

First Sunday of Lent

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry Matthew 4:1-2 NIV

Well it’s the first Sunday in Lent. Have you been successful in choosing a tasty delectable to give up for Lent or chosen to do some good for others? I’ve decided to do both. I’m not bragging. At my age I figure I better double up on my penance. I was going to give up only Doritos. They are my all time favorite snack, but I was afraid I would substitute one of the many other crunchy, chip type snacks, so I’m giving up all salty crunch snacks. I’ll have to give the bag I opened last night to my nephews. Hmm, I wonder if the chips will get stale over the forty days. It’s not going to be easy; no matter what cart I pick in the grocery store, it seems pull me toward the snack isle. I’m older and weaker, but during Lent I’ll rely on prayer. Lots of short prayers in the grocery store. This will help me feel God’s nudge and he will help me to succeed.

Do you have time for every activity under the sun, but think it’s silly or old-time to fast during Lent? If so, please take the time to time to pray and act on that prayer. This Lent season reflect on who you are as a Christian. God is always calling you or me to go out and do something. We don’t because we feel we don’t have the time. Other times we may feel a nudge to pray and spend time alone with God and don’t. If God calls us, who are we not to answer. It doesn’t have to be hours of prayer, just spend some time with Him. He has a lot more to do than we do, especially now days. If He’s willing to spend time with us, who are we to ignore His nudges. He will supply the time and strength to answer His calls on us. During our Lent fasting, its a great time speak to God and ask him where he’s calling. Watch each day as he leads you to help another or spend time with him. Remember our fasting and praying is nothing compared to what he gave for us.

Lord help us to use this Lenten season wisely. Help us to grow and change. May our prayers be the catalyst to help others and our country. May our prayers ensure us of a future for our children and grandchildren.