It may sound odd, but I got a haircut last week - and felt more confident than I've felt in months.
I used to be in great shape a few years ago, but now I guess you could say I'm just average. If I eat bad for a week or two you can really see it in my face. I've been trying to eat healthy for the past few months. I'm not in great shape, but I'm not seeing the chub in my face lately. Normally I ask my barber for a 1 on the sides, faded to a 4 on top - pretty short. This time I had him do the 1 on the side, fade it up, but only take a little off the top - basically leaving it longer on top than usual. I think having it short on the side and longer on the top gives my head/face a more vertical elongated look - making my face look skinnier.
I guess feeling a bit thinner than usual, and thinking I looked better, really boosted my confidence. I had one of the best weeks I've had in months. I was way more social at work, where I sometimes tend to keep to myself if I'm not feeling confident or am feeling "the weirds".
Basically all I'm saying here is that the better I think I look, the better I feel. I think one thing that will help me to be less nervous, less self-conscious, less critical of myself, and more confident is to take better care of myself. When I feel the anxiety kick in I really don't feel like doing anything - which leads to mozying around the apartment - which leads to boredom - which leads to marijuana and munching - which leads to not looking the way I desire.
The more I analyze myself, the more I see what I can do to help myself - this being a significant factor. Motivation is the main thing. I've been wanting to start exercising again for the past 2 months, but just can't push myself to do it. Just my personal experience. Maybe others can relate and feel better when they are healthier, better looking.
Who woulda thought a haircut would pave the path for one of the best weeks I've seen in a long time.