8 Steps On Your Road To Confidence

8 Steps On Your Road To Confidence

You just have to put in the effort!

Many individuals in today’s society suffer from a lack of confidence and, thus, face the consequences of their low self-esteem. However, this self-consciousness does not have to control us or our lives any longer. Here are some tips to build your confidence level. Many individuals in today’s society suffer from a lack of confidence and, thus, face the consequences of their low self-esteem.

1. Dress to impress.

It is proven that if you take the time to pick out a nice outfit and fix your hair in the morning, you will exert more confidence throughout the day. If you dress frumpy, you are more likely to be embarrassed by the way you look and, consequently, you will feel less confident. So, dress nice, hold your head up high, and show off your great outfit!

2. Practice good hygiene.

Along with dressing nice, showering, brushing your teeth, and smelling nice can also improve the way you look and feel. These tasks only take a few short minutes and can make a world of difference in the way you hold yourself. Along with dressing nice, showering, brushing your teeth, and smelling nice can also improve the way you look and feel.

3. Get active.

A large portion of having a low self-esteem comes from body image. In today’s society, people have a certain idea of what they would like to look like. Not looking this "ideal" way can result in low self-esteem. A way to improve this and feel better is to exercise and work towards achieving your ideal body.

4. Get to know yourself.

Understanding yourself and embrace the things that you consider “flaws”. Each person has their own look and this individuality and uniqueness makes you who you are. When you learn to be okay with the way you look, confidence will flow in.

5. Do a good deed.

This can be as simple as holding the door for someone or picking up a piece of trash you find on the sidewalk. This will only take a few seconds and will help you feel good about yourself as well as the world around you.

6. Relax.

Put on a face mask, take a bath, listen to music. Treating yourself to this relaxation can help decrease stress levels, making you feel better in general. Handling stress can help you take control of your life, and also your confidence.

7. Think positive.

Pessimistic thinking and the assumption of negative outcomes in day to day tasks can only make you feel worse about yourself. Thinking positive and avoiding such negativity will increase your self-esteem and lead you to a more optimistic lifestyle.

8. Fake it til’ you make it.

Probably the easiest way to boost your self-esteem is to fake having confidence. Hold your posture high, strut as you walk, and show everyone how confident you can be. Pretending to have this confidence will, in return, increase your actual confidence.

Confidence can take a long time to obtain, but using these easy steps the road to a higher self-esteem will be a breeze. You just have to put in the effort. Good luck!

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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.


There are so many health crazes out there now, it's hard to tell what actually works and what doesn't; or more importantly what is healthy and what is making your body worse. I read about simply drinking lemon water and I figured that didn't sound gross or bad for me so I figured I would give it a try. I've been drinking it consistently for a week and a half and I already notice some results.

I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

I also feel skinnier as I feel like I'm not holding as much water weight. I only exercise lightly, for the most part, walking around a mile or two a day so we can eliminate exercise factor to the slender feeling.

I have a messy stomach. Everything upsets it, and even though lemons are very acidic, they have not affected me in a negative way at all. It almost seems like the lemon water is helping me digest the difficult foods that my stomach doesn't like. I'm nowhere near a doctor so don't trust my word but it seems to be working for me.

From the effects I've felt so far, it also seems like lemon water may be a great hangover cure! I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't say a negative thing about drinking lemon water so far expect you have to buy the lemons! If you try this for yourself though just make sure you are using an enamel saving mouthwash or toothpaste since lemons aren't so great for your teeth.

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You May Be Gaining Weight Because Of Your Sleep Habits

Sleep deficiency may contribute to weight gain.


Sleep is one of the most important activities that we, humans, take part in every day. According to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, "good night's sleep improves learning" and plays a role "in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels." In addition, sleep deficiency may lead to "trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change," and "sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior." Yet, middle school and high school hours almost promote sleep deficiency by demanding students to complete numerous homework assignments. Many of us in college risk sleep deficiency over academic performance and career-oriented extracurriculars.

Interestingly, a study in 2016 revealed that "short sleep duration, poor sleep quality, and late bedtimes are all associated with excess food intake, poor diet quality, and obesity in adolescence." Although it may seem like then that obesity is not necessarily a biochemical pathway and rather the behavior of individuals during the time that they are awake, research has shown otherwise. In a 2004 study, a clinical study measured "plasma leptin and ghrelin levels and subjective ratings of hunger and appetite" in 12 healthy men around 22 years old. Leptin is a molecule produced by the fat cells of the body, signaling satiety. In other words, leptin is primarily responsible for suppressing hunger. Ghrelin, on the other hand, is produced mainly by the stomach and small intestines which signals hunger. The results of the experiment revealed that deprivation of sleep was associated with "decreased leptin levels, increased ghrelin levels, and increased hunger and appetite." Perhaps there are molecular mechanisms beyond our conscious control that induce hunger with less sleep.

Other experimental evidence confirms this idea. In a controlled experiment in 2013 with 225 healthy adults ranging from 22 to 50 years old, "sleep-restricted subjects gained more weight than control subjects." After five consecutive nights with 4 hours of sleep per night, the participants in the sleep restriction group gained 1 kg (2.2 pounds) more. In a different 2013 study, 37 children between the age of 8 to 11 years underwent a 3-weeks of assigned sleep such that in the first week, all children slept for their typical sleep duration. For the second week, the children were randomized into a decreased sleep group (sleep duration shortened by 1.5 hr) or increased sleep group (sleep duration increased by 1.5 hr). During the third week, the children were subjected to whichever group they were not during the second week. The authors showed that "compared with decreased sleep condition, during the increase condition, children reported consuming an average of 134 kcal/day less."

These studies on sleep go to show how sleep is important not only for cognition but also our physiological states. When given the choice, prioritizing other activities oversleep may not be so beneficial to our health. It also may be worthwhile to advocate for shorter school hours for children, given these data.

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