Feeling powerful begins with harnessing your inner strength. Regardless of social status, ethnicity, gender, or skill set, people of all ages and backgrounds have the capability to be strong, courageous and authentic. I encourage you to exchange those negative attitudes for self-empowerment. To channel your inner warrior, here are 14 simple exercises to feel more powerful every day.
Wake Up Earlier
Having more time in the morning before starting your day means more control – over your routine, your health, and your sanity. Challenge yourself to wake up 15 minutes before you usually do and see what happens.
There’s immense power in focusing on the present moment. Too often we dismiss our emotions or attitudes and ignore the initial spark of innovation or romance because we’re afraid of commitment or rejection. Addressing them head-on builds self-awareness, leading to positive leaps in your overall wellness.
Write It Down
Documenting thoughts about your day (both positive and negative) is simply cathartic. Seeing your strengths, weaknesses, goals and worries written on paper somehow makes them more real. Owning up to your vulnerability is such a powerful feeling.
Physically feeling strong makes you feel more powerful. Cardio and weight workouts, dance, and yoga all release endorphins and build muscle endurance. Staying healthy is one of the best forms of confidence and empowerment.
Plan for Pleasant Commutes
Not every day is going to be easy, but taking just 15 minutes to load an inspiring podcast or Ted Talk will work wonders for your commutes, morning walks or trips to the gym.
Take notes from Marie Kondo, a Japanese organization guru, who instructs clients to throw away anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” De-cluttering is empowering because your physical space reflects a clean slate.
Send “Gratitude” Emails Or Texts
Instagram messages/comments and tweets count, too! This is especially powerful in relationships, friendships and family, but also incredibly useful for maintaining connections with acquaintances and mentors.
This doesn’t need to take 15 minutes. It’s actually an impulse. Speaking with deliberate authenticity and honesty is a conscious habit.
Wear Red Lipstick
Literally or figuratively, “red lipstick” can be replaced with sexy lingerie, plum or peach lipgloss, or a worn pair of jeans—whatever makes you feel absolutely ravishing. The Red Lipstick Project puts the spotlight on real women describing what makes them feel most powerful.
Learn a new skill on Skillshare, Coursera, or Codecademy.
These sites enable you to learn specific skills in segments. Plus, 15 minutes every day adds up—that’s at least 1 hour and 45 minutes each week! Learning a new skill in arts, coding and foreign languages boosts of self esteem, strengthens memory, and improves mental health.
Work On Your Posture
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy, gave a TED talk on “power posing,” one of the most powerful insights on how body language can physically shape who you are.
Give Someone You Care for A Call
Take the time to call a dear friend, family member, or loved one. Whether they live with you, down the block, or halfway across the world, I can assure you that this deed will not go unappreciated.
What are your quick tips for empowering yourself?