How to Help a Loved-One Gain Confidence

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Posted on: 23 April 2019 by Emma Parsons

When it comes to dealing with a loved one who lacks confidence, it is always important to try and help them out as much as you can. It can be harder for some people to come out of their shell than with others, especially if the person involved has a disability or a deformity that makes them feel bad about themselves. However, if you can find ways to build them up and give them the support that they need, you should be able to make them feel better in a short amount of time.

When it comes to dealing with a loved one who lacks confidence, it is always important to try and help them out as much as you can. It can be harder for some people to come out of their shell than with others, especially if the person involved has a disability or a deformity that makes them feel bad about themselves. However, if you can find ways to build them up and give them the support that they need, you should be able to make them feel better in a short amount of time.

 

  • Listen to them - Sometimes when people are feeling down, all they need to do is vent about their problems. Living with any type of disability can be difficult at times, so being able to have someone to talk to about your issues is an extremely important part of processing your thoughts and feelings on your disability. Most of the time, these people will not want a conversation or a solution to their problem, but just someone to be there to listen to them and sympathise with what they are going through. So although it may not feel like you are doing a lot by listening to them, you are actually doing a lot and you are doing something that is very important to those who lack confidence.

 

  • Create some affirmations for them - If you know anyone that is lacking a little bit of self-confidence, you should try and get them to create an affirmation that they can say to themselves daily. There are a number of benefits to repeating positive affirmations each day, and they can help your loved one to be confident in themselves. If they say something over and over again enough, they will start to believe what they are saying and subconsciously start to feel better about themselves.

 

  • Get them out of their comfort zone - A good way to get people to think about themselves differently is to try and get them out of their comfort zone and get them to do something different. This does not have to involve anything extreme or dangerous, but the idea is to challenge the individual a little bit so that they can learn of new ways of dealing with difficult situations. For example, if your loved one is autistic and does not like doing different things, try challenging them by taking them to a new place that they have never been to, so that they can get used to something a bit different. Sticking to the status quo can be good at times, but trying new things can be great too, and it can boost their confidence because they will have pushed themselves to do something different.

 

  • Make them feel important - If you can make your loved one feel needed and important, they may start to feel more confident in themselves and not feel so down. If you can, try and show them how they affect other people’s lives around them in positive ways. For example, they may be very helpful around the house, so they will make a positive impact on their family or the people that they live with. Helping them to identify their good qualities is another thing that you can do to help them boost their confidence. If they are really good at listening or if they are great at playing tennis, make sure to let them know that they are good at these things and that they are doing a good job. This can really make all the difference, and will help them to think more positively about themselves and what they can do, rather than what they can’t do.

 

  • Help them find support - Sometimes, when you are dealing with a loved-one that is disabled, you may need some extra help to adequately support them. Most people will get support from their family, doctors, counsellors and support groups, and they will all help you and your loved one as you navigate any issues that you may face. However, it can be hard for people to make friends when they have a disability or deformity, so helping them make good friends that are there to help them is very important. Organisations like Home Care Heroes allow people to get the support that they need from individuals who want to give back to the community by helping others get through their daily lives. Having a extra person to depend on will help your loved-one to feel happier and more confident in themselves so that they can continue to do the things that they love and enjoy. 

 

Helping a loved one regain their confidence can be difficult, especially if they have a disability or a deformity. There are a number of things that you can do make your loved one feel better about themselves, so try and think of ways to make them feel happy and comforted rather than making them feel worse. All you can really do is be there to support them in any way that you can, and make sure that they are feeling loved. Remember that this can be a very long and hard process to go through, so be kind to yourself while you are going through this, because you are doing the best that you can.

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