How Diet, Exercise, and Confidence Are Connected (self-confidence blog series #4)

I just wanted to say sorry for being MIA last week. I took the week off work and enjoyed a staycation while my kids were on a Caribbean cruise with my parents.

Most people would moan and groan about being stuck at home during a Canadian winter… not Me! I was super grateful to get that week alone and get some much needed decluttering and organizing done. And an impromptu dance party 🤣👇

Now back to this weeks blog. I wanted to talk about how our diet, exercise and confidence are connected.

Do you struggle with not feeling confident?

While therapy and coaching can help, it may also be of benefit to address your diet and exercise schedules.

The Connection

When you eat well and exercise, it may help boost your self-confidence. Why? Here are some thoughts.

* Body image – While exercising won’t necessarily result in the perfect body, it does tend to give you a sense that you are being proactive about your health; you’re doing the right thing and working toward getting fit. Recognizing this – even if you can’t get rid of those love handles – can help you feel more confident in yourself.

* Mood food – The food you eat can affect your mood, sources say, which in turn affects your confidence. Low blood sugar can cause you to feel grouchy and easily annoyed, and a diet high in sugar may contribute to depression (the ultimate in low confidence!). Lean protein combined with complex carbohydrates is a winning combination. My go-to mood enhancing meal- salmon, asparagus, and mashed cauliflower!

* Endorphins – Exercise stimulates your body to produce endorphins, which are brain chemicals that help you feel good. These substances play a role in relieving depression and improving mood. They can also be released when we binge eat sweet foods so be careful and mindful of what is releasing endorphins for you and try to remove the bad ones!

* Energy level – If you’re struggling with self-confidence, feeling sluggish doesn’t help. Exercise and a healthy diet are key elements to feeling energetic and, ultimately, confident. I am still working on this one but I have started adding time in my agenda to workout.

* Vitamins and minerals – Your confidence is affected by how you look and feel, and getting the right vitamins and minerals is important for things like teeth, skin, and hair. When these aspects of your appearance are healthy and at their optimum, it helps you feel better about yourself.

Specifically, some vitamins and minerals are directly implicated in improving mood and, consequently, confidence. These include B-complex vitamins and Vitamin D. In fact, fat-soluble Vitamin D is sometimes used by medical professionals to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). When you are getting the right amount of key vitamins and minerals, you are much more likely to feel confident in yourself.
Drop me a comment if you have a certain vitamin you would recommend and I may do a shoutout in my next blog!

* Productivity – When your energy and confidence levels are up due to exercise and diet, you are much more likely to be more productive in work, school, and relationships. And this becomes a positive cycle – increased productivity boosts your confidence even more.

* Positive effects – If you begin to exercise and eat healthfully, you may find yourself looking better – you may experience weight loss, better muscle tone, and healthier skin. Looking in the mirror and liking what you see can go a long way toward boosting confidence!

Have anything you want to add or need to share your favorite way to boost your confidence? Leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you!

Xoxo
Jenny

I Hope you learned something from this article today and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. if you have anything you want to add, or you just need to share your favorite way to boost your confidence please do! You can even pop on over and join the Bawse Babes Society on facebook where you will be greeted by an amazing group of women in business looking to boost their confidence in themselves and their businesses!

Looking forward to connecting,

Xoxo
Jenny Crumb
Your personal cheer leader & creator of the Bawse Babes Society

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