3. Become a cheerleader for yourself
Make it a habit to praise yourself. Every night before bed, stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eyes, and (silently or out loud) praise yourself for one thing you did well that day.
Make self-praise familiar. Become a cheerleader for yourself. When you notice feelings of anxiety, which is only to be expected as your comfort zone and confidence grows, reassure yourself by saying: 'I can do this.' You may like to write down a list of other phrases, affirmations, or 'power thoughts' you'd like to say to yourself throughout the day. You could even set silent alarms on your phone, so these empowering words pop up for you to read.
4. Focus on triggering the 'rest and digest' response
During 'fight or flight', our sympathetic nervous system helps us face the threat by increasing our heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Once our mind feels the threat has been eliminated, our blood pressure, heart, and breathing rate return to normal, our muscles relax, and processes such as digestion - which stop during 'fight or flight' - are resumed. This is because of the parasympathetic nervous system, or 'rest and digest' response, which works to restore balance in the body. Each day, create time for self-care - which will trigger your 'rest and digest' response. How you do this is down to you, but could include meditation, yoga, or breath-work.
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help
Remember: you are not alone. Share your thoughts, feelings, and challenges, with friends and family, and ask for their support. They, too, will want to see you back feeling more confident again. There are support groups, online and offline, for people on the same journey as you, wishing to rebuild their confidence after anxiety. There are also skilled professionals who can help you understand the roots of the anxiety, and share tools to make you feel better equipped when life gets stressful.