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Five Easy Tips for Improving Self-Confidence

“Be confident.” On one hand, this is good advice for any situation. But also, if you could be confident on command you would be all the time, right? People don’t lack confidence because they don’t want to be confident. For the most part, they lack confidence because they don’t know how to be. The good news, according to many leading psychologists and confidence experts, is that confidence is a skill. If you practice the right strategies, you can get better at it.

With National Self-Confidence Day coming up on March 26th, it’s a good time to talk about some of these strategies.

How about some mood music?

Confidence is a skill, but it’s also a feeling. And few things have the power to change how you’re feeling as quickly and effectively as music. Use that to your advantage. Think about different songs that affect you in different ways–songs that pump you up and songs that make you feel creative, songs that make you feel social and songs that make you feel focused–and how they could give you with the right kind of confidence for a certain situation. The next time you need some confidence to-go, you’ll have the perfect song at your fingertips.

You feel great when you’re wearing your favorite clothes

It’s an unfortunate reality that people we meet will judge us by our appearance, but we’re guilty of doing it to ourselves, too. If you’ve ever noticed that you’re nicer to yourself when you like how you look, that’s called the enclothed cognition effect. When you wear clothes that fit well, you feel comfortable, and that changes how you carry yourself. When your clothes reflect your personality, it contributes to feelings of acceptance, which makes a big difference in how you interact with people.

Practice positive self-awareness

The more you understand about yourself at your deepest core level, the easier it is to summon self-confidence. Think about what you believe in, and live your life based on those guidelines. Take pride in the things you’re good at and the friendships you’ve built—you’ve earned them, and nobody can take them away. Be honest with yourself—but not in a negative way. If you can master the fine balance between being realistic but not overly critical, you will have a strong foundation upon which self-confidence can be built.

Start small and work your way up

If you search “confidence boosters,” you’ll find hundreds of lists offering dozens of tips like “Smile” and “Get plenty of sleep” and “Drink lots of water,” which, sure, probably can’t hurt. What we mean here, however, is to set your sights on a large goal. Then, before you set out to slay the dragon, think about similar but smaller and easier tasks you can complete. Knocking out these tasks will give you practice and experience. The feeling of accomplishment in achieving the smaller goal will make you feel like the larger goal is also attainable.

Stop listening to the negative lies your brain is telling you

Negativity can be tempting. When you think something good might happen, it’s a huge letdown when it doesn’t. Whereas if you trick yourself into believing you absolutely cannot accomplish your goal, you have an easy excuse not to even try. When you think of it in these terms, it becomes painfully clear that negativity is nothing more than a defense mechanism. And this particular defense mechanism exists to protect you from disappointment, not to tell you the truth. When you’re being pessimistic, it’s easy to believe that you’re actually being realistic. It’s weird to think about: sometimes your brain doesn’t want what’s best for you. But it’s true.

We hope some of these ideas will help light a flame of confidence that will one day grow into an inferno. If not, remember that self-confidence comes from many different places and different strategies will work better for different people. If these ideas aren’t your kindling, keep looking! We promise it will be worth it.

Come Join the Party!

The best thing about a Sock It to Me party is everyone’s invited! That’s why we gathered up all our new knee highs, crew socks, STRETCH-IT™s, and kids socks to one party to start the year out on the right foot. Read on for some behind the scenes secrets: what inspires us and our new styles.

Dance All Night

Our new sock styles were inspired by bright colors and brighter vibes. Sure the days are short, but they are getting longer every day! While we wait, we bring the brightness with us. For these new sock styles we thought: neon lights, balloons (both mylar and regular), and glitter EVERYTHING. Anything that reflects light is an inspiration because we have to use what little light we have. If you’ve got something, shine it!

Send a positive message across the dance floor and beyond in Hands Across Calves knee highs and STRETCH-IT Pride & Fabulous knee high socks. These are bold purple socks with an even bolder statement. And Pugasus, part pug, part pegasus—there’s a pup on a crew sock who knows how to flaunt what he’s got. But the party’s not over until everyone’s clinking glasses in the classy Socktail Hour men’s crew socks and striking poses in our men’s Say Cheese.

Play All Night

New fantasy and gaming socks for women, men, and kids featuring pandas, dragons, dolphins, spaceships, and a cinderella story.Nostalgia’s the game and we’re great at it. Growing up is for adults, so leave that to them and the fun and games to us. Our designs are inspired by what we do in real life, gathering around tables to eat and play!

Winter is the perfect time to share a meal and strategize. We love losing ourselves in boardgames and video games. It’s a fun way to escape, but also dial in our real life problem solving skills. Join us for a game or two in men’s crews Beware of Dragons and Intergalactic to hone your inside geek! (and your fantasy can become a reality too).

Music box ballerina socks for kids paired with ballerina shoes.We love to dress up and play pretend. Living your fantasy life during the winter can help keep things bright, and a little disguise can go a long way. But we’re not hiding in Happily Ever After, we’re living our own fairy tale lives! We’re all the the hero of our stories in these knee highs! Your little one can have big dreams in Tiny Dancer—straight from the music box onto the stage. These kids ballerina socks are available in youth crew and junior crew. Everyone can play dress up in Dancing Dolphin socks, inspired in part by our old sticker collections and part by our dream vacations. These Hawaiian sunsets on a sock are available in women’s crew, youth crew, junior crew, and toddler crew.

Care All Night

Bearly sprinkled bear socks for women, kids, and toddler.

When it’s cold and dark outside, we gather together for warmth and cheer. Sometimes we grab some matching socks too, so if we’re not near, we can stare at our feet, think of those we love, and smile. Bearly Sprinkled (inspired by a child’s drawing) is the perfect fit. With styles in women’s crew, youth and junior crew, and toddler knee high the whole family can wear them together or apart. Darker days can easily turn to darker moods, but bright styles and bright smiles can help when you surround yourself with those you love, even if it’s just a totem.

And whatever you do, stay you, stay positive, stay weird!