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Are You Suffering From A Confidence Crisis?
As well as increasing anxiety levels, stress and depression as a result of the pandemic, another unexpected effect is the lack of self-confidence many people are feeling. Research suggests that there has been a massive 74% increase in the number of people searching online for help with confidence this year. So, what’s causing this confidence crisis, and how can we build confidence in such an uncertain time?
Is Working From Home Affecting Your Confidence?
One of the reasons cited for the lack of confidence at this time is due to people working from home. With this, many people have seen a change to their responsibilities, working environment and set-up. What’s more, the way we communicate has changed significantly. Zoom calls and chat windows make it harder for us to receive the non-verbal cues of reassurance and the regular interaction that can help when overcoming anxieties.
Working in isolation can bring feelings of uncertainty to the forefront. For example, after every email, you may be second-guessing what the recipient thought. It may be that you misread the tone of work requests that make you doubt your abilities. You may also question your work performance if you’re not sure what’s expected of you or feel like you’re sending your work off into the void without any feedback.
Another confidence-killer at work is the threat of redundancies and furlough schemes. It can be easy to jump to the wrong conclusion if you’ve been asked to furlough or the business is making difficult decisions regarding its staff.
You may call into question how critical your role is, how effective you are and the reasons behind the business decisions. Often your mind can go into overdrive worrying about your own abilities, and this over-thinking can lead to a significant drop in confidence.
Whether you’re working harder at home, your responsibilities have changed, or you’re struggling with work uncertainty; there are so many factors that could be causing a confidence crisis. If you’ve noticed that your confidence has dropped from being at home, you are certainly not alone. The good news is that there are some quick and easy ways to give your confidence a boost when you’re working from home.
Avoid A Confidence Crisis: Top Tips To Boost Your Confidence
Play Out Your Work In Advance
If you have a virtual meeting or complex task ahead, it can help to visualise the activity before you start. Start in a quiet space and focus on your breath. Then, begin to play out the event in your mind. Place yourself in the scene as extremely calm, confident and in control. Try and bring a feeling of success to your mind. How does it feel?
Then, when it is time to complete the task for real, you’ll begin to feel that same sense of confidence and success guiding you.
Interrupt Your Thought Patterns
Whenever you feel unconfident, it shows with your body language. However, you can help to override these negative thought patterns by changing the way you present yourself. Rolling your shoulders back to sit or stand up straighter, smiling and holding your head high are all triggers for your brain to feel more positive and confident. If you show it on the outside, you begin to feel it on the inside.
Boost Your Confidence Subconsciously
Hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful tool to boost your confidence. It works by accessing your unconscious thoughts and begins to re-teach your inner voice to be helpful and supportive while breaking down those negative thought patterns. Hypnosis helps to empower you from the inside out.
I offer a Confidence Hypnosis program which provides a confidence hypnosis audio that you can listen to regularly to help access the inner voice to restore confidence and positivity. I recommend listening to this audio at least once a week before bed.
Create Your Own Reward System
It is not always possible to receive the positive feedback or support that you may usually experience at work. This means you have to set your own feedback system. Developing a growth mindset when working from home is useful. With this, you accept challenges and understand that, succeed or struggle, it is always an opportunity to learn and to grow your skill set.
Setting daily goals can help too. More than three goals per day is usually overwhelming, so prioritise your most important goals and then break these down into manageable tasks.
Finally, make sure you acknowledge and celebrate the wins, however small. It can help to have a ‘win board’ next to your workspace. Here, you can pin up any kind feedback or positive comments that can help reconfirm your beliefs of what a fantastic job you are doing.
Are You Struggling With A Confidence Crisis?
If you need confidence support, then my bespoke, blended method of therapy can help to deconstruct any negative thought patterns and rebuild confidence. Throughout lockdown, I offer online therapy with video calls, such as through Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp. You can also join my live online group hypnosis sessions with live hypnosis taking place once a month and access to recordings through an exclusive client portal. Sign up now to receive your free one-month trial.