Powerful Women Share Their Secrets To Feeling More Confident

Bite-sized advice to help boost your mood.

For many women, confidence is a bit of a superpower. At times untapped, it gives us the boost we need to challenge ourselves, build friendships and careers and radiate beauty from the inside out

While we all wish our confidence was unshakable, sometimes, it can take a hit. A hard day in the office, a fight with a friend or a “blah” day can leave us feeling less than our best.

In these moments, we’re turning to those around us to fuel our fire…and reignite our self-assurance.

Here, powerful women from the marie claire Australia team (and beyond!) share their foolproof tips for getting an instant confidence boost.

Career Confidence

“I have a folder saved on my computer called my ‘brag book’ where I file things I’m proud of. I’ll drag in copies of stories that I loved writing or screenshots of emails from past mentors.

“Whenever I have self-doubt, I’ll go through it to remind myself that I’m doing OK.”

—Harriet Sim, features writer

“When it comes to my career, there’s nothing I find better than talking through problems with those who have come before me. I’m fortunate enough to count two former editors as friends, and there’s honestly nothing more confidence-building than talking about work stuff over a coffee or wine.

“All of us will encounter problems at work and there’s so much value in knowing your challenges aren’t unique—we’ve all faced similar circumstances, you know?”

— Alex Bruce-Smith, digital managing editor

A Beauty Boost

Chantelle Otten Kerastase ambassador
Kérastase ambassador Chantelle Otten says self-care and presentation works wonders for her confidence levels. (Credit: @chantelle_otten_sexologist)

“Whenever I’m asked about my personal tips for a quick confidence boost, I always like to emphasise the power of presentation and self-care. I firmly believe that having amazing hair can do wonders to your self-assuredness.

“Whether it’s freshly washed or needs to be slicked back, take some time to style it just right and you’ll instantly feel more powerful and ready to take on the day.”

“It’s not just about the look, but also the feel and the smell. Using a shampoo and conditioner (like Kérastase Chroma Absolu) that leaves your hair fresh, shiny, and smelling incredible will uplift your spirits and strengthen your self-perception.”

—Chantelle Otten, sexologist & Kérastase ambassador

“My failsafe confidence booster when I’m feeling a bit blah or perhaps just overthinking things is to head to the gym. There’s always a good vibe going, and the upbeat music really helps to lift your mood.

“Pushing yourself slightly beyond what you would normally do in a class in terms of reps etc so that you walk out sweaty but proud of yourself is hard to beat. It really helps tune out any of the negative chatter that might be swirling around in your head.”

— Hilary Board, senior copy editor

Feel-Good Friendships

“Being a single parent with two young boys and working full-time can get overwhelming sometimes. When I’m feeling like I need a boost (which can be often!), I always get in touch with one of my close girlfriends or one of my two sisters.

“Whether we meet up or talk over the phone, there is nothing better than having a friend to share and laugh with—it’s also an empowering feeling to be able to offer support back in return.

“It can be easy to think that you’re alone when things get difficult, but being a little bit vulnerable with the people you trust can have a huge effect on your confidence. I find everything feels so much more manageable and you can really grow when you know (and feel) you have that support around you.”

—Sally Hunwick, beauty director

Selena Gomez and Nicola Peltz Beckham
Many powerful women—Selena Gomez and Nicola Peltz Beckham included—count their friendships as helping them boost their mood and confidence instantly. (Credit: @selenagomez)

“Nothing gives me a confidence boost like my girlfriends. Whether we’re celebrating the good times or helping each other through something tough, I know I can always count on them to bring out the best in me.”

—Kirsty Thatcher, digital writer

“There’s no denying that confidence comes from within, but when it’s lacking, there’s nothing better than surrounding yourself with the people that love you.

“Likewise, focus on investing more in your friendships, your workplace, your family, and build up those around you. Surround yourself with people who will do the same in return. Those connections will never lead you astray.”

— Cassandra Green, senior digital writer

Everyday Pick-Me-Ups

“It’s well-know there are three things that can automatically shift your mood: music, exercise, and laughter.

“Never underestimate the power of a good gag to pump up the positive vibes and change perspective. You don’t have to be naturally hysterical to access a big belly laugh—simply keep funny at your fingertips by saving memes, videos, and stories to your phone to re-watch and repeat when required.”

—Mel Gaudron, deputy editor

“I find the simplest and quickest way to boost my confidence if I’m starting to feel flat or self-doubt starts creeping in, is to strike a power pose, take some deep breaths and remember that we’re only here for a short time and nothing lasts forever.  

“Bonus points if you can pop on a pair of glam earrings and some winged liner…”

—Robyn Fay-Perkins, photo director

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