We often talk about the importance of communication. The words we say, how we say them and how well we listen. But did you know that it is estimated that about 55% of our communication is in fact through body language? Incredible to realise that we may not even be aware of most of the messages we are sending to people.
How does this relate to self-esteem? Often people with low self-esteem give out negative messages about themselves without realising it. You can help to improve your confidence and self-esteem by paying attention to sending positive signals through body language. You may not feel positive or secure but essentially, ‘fake it till you make it’!
So what can you do with your body language to appear to people as friendly, approachable and confident? Following are some basics about body language and how you can use it as a tool to help boost your confidence and self-esteem.
1. Make eye contact
When you have low self-esteem it is often natural to look away from people in social or work situations and have no or little eye contact when in public places. This instantly sends a negative message to people around us.
Make an effort to look people in the eye when you speak to them. If you find this confronting, then focus on the space between the eyes at the top of their nose and they won’t know the difference. [Read more…]