Why is this important?
Because the stronger your belief that you are indeed worthy, competent, and excellent, the more likely you are to push back against the autoimmune messages from the brain that you are not good enough.
- You are NOT a bad or broken person.
- You are so much more.
- You do a great job.
- You deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.
- You are a good person.
- Your body is actually doing quite well.
If you speak out, you can increase your inner strength and help your body to grow stronger and healthier.
Here are seven reasons why it’s critical to build strong inner confidence to prevent autoimmune disease and help your body thrive:
#1 Strong belief in self is essential to emotional, physical health
What you believe about yourself is created by you.
And your belief in yourself is more important than anything else in your life.
When you believe that you are a good person, you become confident, and it makes you feel good.
It’s natural to want to take care of your body and stay healthy.
But if you don’t believe you are good enough to do that, you will stay away from food, medications, and exercise.
If you don’t believe in yourself, you will seek affirmation from others and will also minimize or completely ignore negative information about yourself.
If you don’t believe in yourself, you will shut yourself off from all of the very powerful, positive changes that you can make.
#2 Confidence is required for happiness
Researchers have found that people with a strong sense of self-confidence are happier, more secure, more satisfied, and more resilient than people with low levels of self-confidence.
The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that “individuals with high self-esteem feel more committed to interpersonal interactions and are less likely to experience negative or harmful social interactions.”
Researchers concluded that people who are confident, comfortable in their own skin, and feel good about themselves are more willing to connect and seek out support from others.
Happiness is tied to your belief in yourself and your own abilities.
If you can’t rely on yourself to reach your goals, you can’t be happy.
#3 Confidence builds physical health
Strong self-belief can also help increase your level of physical health.
In a study that examined the relationships between physical health and self-esteem, participants who scored highest in self-esteem were more likely to be physically active than those who scored lowest.
This increase in physical activity, in turn, helped to reduce inflammatory markers and blood pressure in participants.
Elevated levels of inflammatory markers and blood pressure can contribute to many of the chronic health problems that we hear so much about today, including autoimmune diseases.
Also, researchers found that people with high self-esteem are less likely to smoke or be addicted to substances, and they are also less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.
#4 Social support is crucial for a healthy self-image
One way to build a strong belief in yourself is to connect with others who believe in you.
The Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington School of Public Health found that having a supportive network of friends and family has a positive impact on our health.
They found that people with supportive social networks have a lower risk of premature death from common causes such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Also, they were more likely to have a higher quality of life and higher levels of self-esteem.
#5 Isolation and negative media can increase the risk for autoimmune diseases
One of the most important ways you can build confidence is to be surrounded by positive people who believe in you.
A University of Vermont study found that social isolation increases your risk for autoimmune disease.
Also, a Harvard study found that frequent exposure to negative media increases the risk for autoimmune diseases.
Specifically, frequent exposure to violence on TV was associated with more risk of developing a personality disorder.
Also, frequent exposure to violence in movies and on the Internet was linked to a higher risk of depressive symptoms, even among women who reported low levels of depressive symptoms before the film.
#6 Weak internal communications are risk factors for autoimmune disease
Your emotions and your thoughts can play a big role in determining your health.
Research has found that poor communication is a common precursor to autoimmune disease.
People with more communication difficulties tend to be more susceptible to autoimmune disease.
For example, people with poorer communication skills were more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
Additionally, a systematic review found that people with communication difficulties are more likely to develop a form of multiple sclerosis.
They were also at greater risk for type 1 diabetes.
#7 Psychologically healthy people feel strong emotions and can process negative thoughts
When you are psychologically healthy, you experience strong emotions.
For example, researchers found that men with high levels of anxiety are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
Moreover, men with high levels of anxiety reported more chronic pain, which may be due to the effects of these chronic pain conditions.
Additionally, they were less likely to have a healthy relationship with their partner.
Because anxiety and depression may be linked to poor communication, this study may also have found a connection to autoimmune diseases.
#8 Meditate to maintain self-confidence
One of the most important factors in building a confident body image is to maintain a positive mental attitude.
A University of Kansas study found that emotionally stable people are less likely to develop certain autoimmune diseases.
They are also less likely to experience stress, which may put them at increased risk for developing an autoimmune disease.
However, only 14 percent of people of all ages reported that they meditate regularly.
The most common reasons people report for not meditating are time and money.