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You may have been absent from everyday life for some time due to illness, parental leave, or other worldwide factors over which you had no control. Whatever the reasons, if you are getting ready to re-enter the world after a long period of time away, there are four things you can do right now to make your re-entry easier and filled with confidence and joy. Take a look at these great tips from doTERRA.
1. Freshen Your Wardrobe
You don’t have to shop at brand-name designer stores to update your look. If the bulk of your clothing is old or worn, or looks outdated compared to what people are currently wearing, it may be time to replace a few of the old pieces. Choose fashion that makes you feel confident, affirmed, and ready to take on your new life. Dress for your personal coloring and body type to look and feel your best.
2. Straighten Your Smile
Having straighter teeth can afford you a huge boost in self-esteem and confidence, allow you to be perceived more favorably by others, and help you keep your teeth cleaner, as bacteria and plaque tend to build up in places you can’t reach to clean. If you don’t have the budget — or the time — to visit a provider for braces, consider using clear at-home aligners that work gradually during the day, at night, or both. With some companies, you may have the option of scheduling virtual visits with a licensed orthodontist during the time you’re wearing the aligners.
The best at-home aligner kits are often more affordable than traditional treatments and take less time to complete. If you have a severe dental issue or a very misaligned smile, at-home aligners may not be the best choice for you, though. They work well for mildly or moderately misaligned teeth.
3. Speak to Your Employer About Flexible Job Options
If you’re re-entering your workplace after months (or years) away, or if you’re coming back to work after spending the past year as a virtual employee, you may be thrilled at the idea of having co-workers to socialize with every week — but you not be looking forward to commuting two hours a day or spending all your time in the office. The sinking feeling you get when thinking about your lack of workplace control may be contributing to your lack of confidence.
Confident, happy employees may need more flexibility in their schedules or the ability to work remotely a couple of days every week. Employees with small children or other family or school obligations often find that having a position with flexibility affords them greater work-life balance than a traditional nine-to-five job. Fortunately, many employers are getting on board because they realize that their employees’ work does not suffer when they do not work in-office.
4. Attend a Virtual Counseling Session
There’s no need to leave your home to access high-quality counseling for anxiety, low self-esteem, or depression. Look for apps that can connect you with a licensed professional or search for a provider in your area who holds sessions over telemedicine. Consider working long-distance with professionals who specialize in self-care, traditional therapy, or life coaching to re-discover your authentic self.
Re-entering the world after a period of absence can seem overwhelming at first. Go slowly while taking into account these four tips, and you may notice that your confidence rises faster than you thought it would!