How Diet, Exercise, and Confidence Are Connected
Do you struggle with not feeling confident? Diet, exercise and confidence are connected, and while therapy and coaching can help, it may also be of great benefit to address your diet and exercise schedules.
When you eat well and exercise, it may very well help boost your self-confidence. Here are some thoughts as to why that may be true.
* 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. I know I’m happier with myself when I commit to some sort of exercise regimen and stick to it. It can be challenging with all we try to pack into a day, but blocking out time on your schedule can help you stay with your exercise commitment.
* Mood food – The food you eat can affect your mood, which in turn affects your confidence. Low blood sugar can cause you to feel grouchy and easily annoyed, while a diet high in sugar may contribute to depression (the ultimate in low confidence!). Lean protein combined with complex carbohydrates and healthy green vegetables are a winning combination.
* Endorphins – Exercise stimulates your body to produce endorphins, which are the chemicals in your brain that help you feel good. These substances play a role in relieving depression and improving mood.
* Energy level – If you’re struggling with self-confidence, feeling sluggish doesn’t help. Exercise and a healthy diet are key elements that contribute to feeling energetic and confident.
* Vitamins and minerals – Your confidence is affected by how you look and feel, and getting the right vitamins and minerals is important for your teeth, skin, and hair. When these aspects of your appearance are healthy and at their optimum, it helps you feel better about yourself.
Some vitamins and minerals are directly implicated in improving mood, thereby improving 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’re getting the right amount of key vitamins and minerals, you are much more likely to feel confident.
* Productivity – When your energy and confidence levels are up because of proper exercise and diet, you’re much more likely to be more productive at work, at school, and in your relationships. This becomes a positive cycle…increased productivity boosts your confidence even more.
If you begin to exercise and eat healthfully, you may find yourself looking better, and 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!
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC