Vicki Archer is an Australian writer who lives between London and Saint Rémy de Provence in southern France.  She has a passion for travel and adventure, fashion and beauty - and a keen eye for beautiful things.  We have long been fans of her sense of style and her fabulous FRENCH ESSENCE blogs that inspire and engage.  She kindly agreed for us to share her recent blog on Confidence.  See

Ten Easy Ways To Boost Confidence

1: Smile more often.

Smile more often and make yourself smile when you don’t feel in the mood. It is surprising how a smile can bring out the best in people, even in less positive circumstances. Smiling takes years off the face, so if nothing else that is as good a reason as any.

2: Surround yourself with positive people.

Negativity brings us down and serves us badly. Spend time with those who are uplifting. It makes a world of difference.

3: Challenge the comfort zone.

Break the mould and try something unfamiliar, something that has always appealed. Don’t set the goal posts too far, small steps are the way to build self-esteem and gain confidence.

4. Take time for yourself.

Make more of an effort with your appearance, dress for yourself and dress for success. Find the time for those activities that give pleasure. Women have a habit of never having time; we need to make time.

5. Act with purpose.

It is important to make every moment count and to do what we do to the best of our ability. Feeling half hearted will never yield the result we are looking for and will ultimately bring us down and sap our confidence.

6: Work on Posture.

Present the image that you desire. Standing tall gives the impression of confidence even if you are shaking inside. Focus on your body in small intervals and leave the hunched shoulders behind. Easier said than done, I know.

7: Compliment and Praise.

Complimenting others has many benefits and not only for the recipient. Complimenting encourages observation and sensitivity, characteristics we aspire to. Making their day kick up a notch is as good as winning the lottery. Thinking about others does sound trite but it works. Giving elicits such a feeling of wellbeing and that means greater confidence.

8: Exercise

Increasing our fitness is one advantage but more importantly, exercise makes us mentally stronger and more positive. Never under estimate the power of a long walk or a yoga session.

9: Laugh.

Sometimes it doesn’t come easily. Try, it does wonders for the confidence. The feel good factor of a belly laugh brightens the eyes, gets the heart pumping and keeps the smile alive.

10: Red lipstick.

When all else fails, I put on the red lips. It helps, I promise.