The holidays are the most joyful time of the year, correct? Well, for some ladies, holiday parties can bring a lot of stress and anxiety. In case you’re lacking confidence and not happy with your weight, these occasions can lead you to doubt and judge yourself more critically.

In case you’re feeling unsure, here are some simple ways to support your confidence:

1. Smile.

A smile can light up the room, and it can also light up your mood. Research has demonstrated a smile and direct eye contact can signal you’re more trusting and more welcoming than somebody who’s not smiling.

Additionally, you start to feel the way you look. If you get a look of yourself in the mirror smiling, or if other people smile back at you, you may simply begin to feel happier.

Great posture is also an instant confidence boost because by standing tall and glad (shoulders back and abs pulled in), you’re physically opening yourself up instead of hiding or playing small.

2. Concentrate on a component you want to highlight.

Play up your eyes with a smoky shadow, or your freshen up your nail treatment with a sparkly ring. Draw attention (and compliments!) to ranges of your body that you already feel confident in. Rather of worrying about how your dress fits, you can concentrate on a positive feature that you like and place emphasis on that.

3. Before the party, say positive affirmations to yourself.

Are you always telling yourself you’re ugly or overweight? If so, begin pumping yourself up with positive self-talk and remarks to make you feel more confident about your body. Focus on negative self-talk, and use it as a chance to start a positive conversation.

Let yourself know, “I feel confident.” You can write this on a sticky note and place it on your bathroom mirror as a reminder. Research demonstrates these positive affirmations have both short-term and long-term effects, so say them frequently!

4. Do 10 push-ups.

You’ll in a split second feel tighter in your arms, and more confident in your body. Practices like push-ups or squats can make the “burn” feeling after only 10 or 20 repetitions.

Connect with your body physically so you can feel the impacts of what you’ve just done, and in turn feel more sure about yourself. When you’re ready to do an activity and accomplish an immediate goal, that feels great mentally, as well.

5. When in doubt, take a break.

Preceding your first holiday party of the season, record yourself saying, “I feel sure,” or “I am strong!” Then, if you’re beginning to feel self-conscious at a party, you can venture out and go to the bathroom. Play the insistence on your phone as if you’re playing and listening to a voice message. It’ll be an extra shot of confidence that you have to take back off to the party and have a good time.