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10 Ways to instantly boost your confidence

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Don't let your self-esteem suffer

Everyone wants to feel their best during Thanksgiving, but it's no secret the holidays can be a stressful time. If your self-esteem lulls, simply refer to our list of 10 easy ways to improve your confidence level.

Repeat a self-affirming mantra

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

In all seriousness, studies have shown if you believe something about yourself, it will likely become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We suggest borrowing Ron Burgundy's completely confident mantra to help you survive Thanksgiving dinner with those relatives famous for cutting you down to size.


Dress to the nines

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

Ladies, slip on that overpriced dress you traded half your paycheck to hang in your closet. Amp up the effect by swiping on some equally luxurious red lipstick. Fellas, don't disappoint — make like Justin Timberlake and "suit & tie" it up.


Swipe on some superior odor protection

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

Nothing — and we repeat — nothing can make you feel more self-conscious than realizing your deodorant didn't show up to the festivities. Leave sniffing inconspicuously in your past by investing in Degree Clinical Active Clean. With Degree's best odor protection ever, it'll ensure you stand up to the heat in the kitchen.

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Have a heart-to-heart with your mom

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

If listening to your cousin talk about the six-figure book deal he just signed has you feeling less than impressive, pull your mom aside for a pep talk. Mothers have the innate ability to make even the most rudimentary accomplishments seem worthy of a Nobel Prize.


Straighten up

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

Yes, your grandma will likely be the one nagging you about this during your family gathering, but she's onto something — improving your posture can seriously bolster your self-esteem.


Work up a sweat

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

We're not saying eating that second slice of carrot cake was a mistake, per se, but it probably killed that high you've been riding recently for losing 5 pounds. Don't let it get you down, though! Grab a cousin you can gab with and pound the neighborhood pavement. You've got your Degree Clinical Active Clean on, so you're safe from sweat-induced smelliness.

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Do something good for someone else

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

One of the most rewarding ways you can boost your confidence is by simply lending a hand. Spend your morning volunteering at a local soup kitchen or even just take your elderly neighbor a plate of turkey and fixin's, and you won't be able to help feeling good about yourself.


Break out the snap cup

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

There's no shame in borrowing this sorority house tradition from the Legally Blonde movies. Elle Woods had the right idea — it's always productive to offer up a sincere compliment or two.


Hit the hair salon

Don't let your self-esteem suffer

Disclaimer: This trick only works if you go to a hairstylist you love and trust to make you look like the best possible version of yourself. A gorgeous new 'do will make you feel like the queen B! But now is not the time to experiment... having to sit through Thanksgiving dinner with hair like Marge Simpson would be a major backfire.

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Don't let your self-esteem suffer

Trite, but true — the most important thing you put on is a smile. If you're in a funk, force yourself to smile. Make it big and cheesy until it's genuine. You'll not only feel better about yourself, but you're pretty much guaranteed to start a chain reaction.

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