3 Tips for Superhero Confidence

Article posted in: Lifestyle

Sometimes you got it—you feel in control, good about yourself and prepared to tackle whatever crazy the day throws your way. Other times, not so much. In those moments when you can’t seem to muster even half an ounce of confidence, just fake it. Seriously, it can help. We dug up three science-backed tricks that can help give you a mental boost when you need it most: like right before you ask for a raise, have a tough conversation with your spouse, or walk into your high school reunion—with, dare we say, a hint of swagger.

Stand like a superhero. Yes, for real. Before a nerve-wracking situation, go hide in the bathroom or something and assume the position: feet shoulder-width apart, hands firmly on your hips, head held high, chest out, shoulders back (you know, like a superhero). A team of social psychologists found that study participants who held this ‘high-power pose’ for as little as two minutes reported feeling more powerful and more willing to take risks when compared to those who held a ‘low-power pose’ (slumped over, arms folded across the chest). High-power posers experienced an increase in testosterone and a decrease in the stress-hormone cortisol. Also, be sure to sit up straight in your chair–research shows that simple act influences how other perceive you, but also gives you more confidence in our own thoughts.

Go for a run, jog or even just a quick walk. It doesn’t matter how fast, how long or how much you move: just doing some form of exercise can boost your body image, according to a study from the University of Florida. Other research suggests people who work out regularly are more confident they can manage their work-life balance. Add those to your already long list of reasons to get moving.

Pump up the bass. Researchers at Northwestern University found that listening to tunes with a thumping bass may help you feel more powerful and in control. Cue up Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give it Away” and “Boom Boom Pow” by The Black Eyed Peas. It really is all about the bass.