When you are focusing on growing professionally, it’s easy to let your appearance fall by the wayside. At the very least, you may think that your outward presentation and internal self-image aren’t affecting your career trajectory.

However, how you perceive yourself plays a large role in your path to success. It runs deeper than finding the perfect business suit or having time to do your hair in the morning. Regardless of your industry, it’s imperative to feel good about yourself from the inside out. Discover how to optimize your wellness while maximizing your career growth.

Self-Confidence and Your Career

Being self-assured has its perks in almost every area of your life. Your career may include numerous social interactions throughout the day or you could work solitarily from your home. You could have aspirations that include becoming a supervisor or CEO of your company, or you could be aiming to stay and grow stronger in your current position. Whatever the case, it’s inevitable that the way you think and feel about yourself will seep into your professional life. Here are some ways to make that impact as positive as possible. 


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Improving Relationships

Your relationship with yourself impacts your relationships with others, personally and professionally. Maintaining your mental and physical health can positively influence how you relate to others, whether in your friendships, work relationships, romantic relationships, or casual social interactions. When you have a positive view of yourself, your confidence is raised, allowing you to show your best qualities.

Thus, if you want to increase professional opportunities by boosting your image, try: 

  • Dressing your best
  • Acknowledging and celebrating small achievements
  • Working on self-awareness, seeking feedback from others to improve yourself
  • Making time for self-care like meditation and hobbies
  • Seeking professional help, like therapy or counseling
  • Doing anything that makes you feel like your best self

Connecting the image of yourself you have in your head with your external image creates harmony in your mind and the way you present to others. Doing so in a professional setting will give you the confidence to shoot for that promotion, talk openly with your boss and peers, and show up every day and perform your best. When you care about yourself, it shows, and you allow others in your workplace to care about you and your professional growth.


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Eating Healthier

Caring for yourself includes giving your body the nutrients it needs to function effectively. When you are eating healthy foods regularly, your mind and body are nourished and able to execute functions more easily every day. This makes a big impact on your work performance, with “brain foods” leading to increased focus and leaner foods sculpting your body. 

You can even align your internal image with your outward behaviors. For example, going vegan could increase your self-confidence because it is more in tune with your values and morals — important aspects of propelling your career forward in the right direction that feels authentic to you. As you start feeling more empowered through your food choices, your self-image naturally receives a positive boost. Your professional network will take notice. 


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Staying in Shape

Professional duties often give you limited time to do extracurricular activities like working out. However, if you treat exercise as an essential part of your day, you can fit it into your routine and see the benefits overflow into your work life. If your work-life balance is positive enough to allow you time to work on your fitness, you’re likely speaking up for your needs at work. 

On the flip side, don’t push yourself past your breaking point just to get a workout in at the crack of dawn. This can work for some people, but make sure you gradually introduce workout routines with the advice of a medical professional. This way, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of staying in shape without burning yourself out.

A great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine without slogging to the gym in the dark is to try home workouts. Set up a workout space in your garage or extra room that has everything you need to do the physical activity of your choice. By challenging yourself to work out at home, you can then take that increased motivation into your professional life and crush the tasks assigned to you. Further, you will feel good about honoring your body and will be less likely to feel insecure about your appearance on the job.

Focusing on Overall Wellness

Healthy habits for your mind and body are crucial for every aspect of your functioning, but they especially can give you that little boost you need to get ahead of the curve at work. Regardless of your professional goals, feeling good about yourself inside and out can give you the confidence and motivation you need to succeed. Find the right balance of work and self-care to make the most out of your professional and personal journey.


Author bio

Katie Brenneman is a passionate writer specializing in lifestyle, mental health, education, and fitness-related content. When she isn’t writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a book or hiking with her dog, Charlie. To connect with Katie, you can follow her on Twitter.


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