Like running water, friends, and MRT trains, self-confidence is one of those things that you take for granted until it is gone. At which point, it can badly affect your lifestyle and health. “When we talk about self-confidence we are really talking about self-esteem. It is knowing that you are good enough,” says psychotherapist Diane Young. As we slowly emerge from two years of the pandemic, you may have noticed you have less confidence in yourself. Perhaps you feel less interest in moving outside your comfort zone. Maybe you just feel blah? Or you are worried about the future?
During the last two years, you have probably experienced isolation at home plus extra pressure at work and at home. Maybe you also experienced a job loss, financial worries or ill health. We have all faced a lot during the last few years. So you are not alone if you feel less confident now. Perhaps you are overthinking what might go wrong? Or do you fear you cannot cope? These are all signs that your confidence has taken a hit. “Our inner thoughts about ourselves deeply impact our physical and emotional wellbeing, ” says Diane.
Fortunately, you can get your confidence back. And here is why it is worth the effort – confidence is not just a warm and fuzzy feeling of happiness, confidence is a vital part of resilience. Confidence gives you the power to take good risks, like making much-needed changes to your life. So it is time to spread your wings again;