5 ways to fire up your social confidence
Partying comes easily to a lot of people, while others can struggle with the lifestyle. Being able to dance and express yourself freely in a room full of strangers can be a daunting prospect for some.
Not only that, but meeting new people and navigating the intensity of the dance floor can also create unease. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid raves altogether. There are ways to fire up your social confidence…
FOCUS ON YOURSELF
It’s all too easy to get in your head and worry about what other people think of you. On the best dance floors, there’s hardly any judgement, everyone is having their own experience. So, remind yourself that no one is concerned with you, your appearance, or your dance moves, and relax.
ROLL WITH YOUR CLOSEST PEEPS
Goes without saying, but the people you surround yourself with will impact your sense of safety and comfort. Partying with friends who understand your anxieties, those who will support and elevate you, is crucial to keeping the confidence levels high.
Wear an outfit that makes you feel amazing. Fashion choices have a direct impact on your mood and self-esteem. “Power dressing”, i.e. wearing an outfit that instils confidence, can be very useful. The impact of getting dressed up cannot be underestimated - in fact it’s one of the essential components of building confidence on a night out.
FAKE CONFIDENCE TIL YOU MAKE IT
Though you may be feeling jittery inside, a confident posture can not only project an assured presence, but it can also help to calm your nerves. Standing up straight and tall, with your chest out, for example, is scientifically proven to boost confidence.
Just like your posture, making a conscious effort to smile creates a feedback loop effect where, even if you’re faking it, the body’s physiology responds positively. When you smile, your brain releases neuropeptides to help fight off stress. Other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins are also released.
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