Chances are you are tuned in to your spouse’s self-esteem and notice when they are feeling vulnerable. When you spot this trait in your partner ask yourself, “Where is my spouse feeling most vulnerable right now, and what can I do to help build them up and affirm who they are?”
There are practical ways you can boost your partner’s confidence. It can be easy to get stuck in somewhat of a rut (like complimenting how your partner looks every-single-day by saying “you look nice”). Don’t get us wrong, complimenting your partner’s looks are important, however there are other ways you can reach your partner’s heart and help give them a confidence boost.
So how can you do this? Researchers say most people are looking for ways to be encouraged and affirmed in four different areas; Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Physical. These four areas are called the four legs of self-esteem. Here are practical tips on how you can boost your spouse’s confidence. Let’s dive in.
Respecting someone’s mind is a huge compliment. By speaking words of affirmation to your partner when you notice something positive they do, you will help them feel less vulnerable. For example, if your partner took the time to think through a situation that was complicated, let them know you appreciate this. Say something as simple as “I appreciate how you thought that through, that was clear thinking!”
Or perhaps your partner has been working through a challenging problem at work. If so, speak up and let them know you notice how hard they are working. Showing respect and appreciation to your partner’s intellect will go a long way in the self-esteem department.
Emotional intelligence affects how we act in social situations as well as when we are presented with challenging day to day circumstances. We often see the effects of emotions when we are confronted with difficult situations. This can be anywhere from work, to at home with the kids.
When you notice your spouse successfully conquers a situation they are clearly uncomfortable in (or perhaps very stressed about) you can support them by saying something along the lines of, “wow you handled that really well!” Emotional affirmation is a huge confidence booster, especially when it comes from someone you love.
It’s a special thing to say to someone, “I see spiritual strength in you.” Spiritual attunement and connection empower values and beliefs in so many ways. When you support your spouse’s spiritual journey, you are providing them the confidence they need to grow. Whether you do this by providing words of affirmation, through prayer together, devotional time, etc, you are providing your partner the means they need to know you support them. Don’t be afraid to speak up and let them know you see and value their spiritual strength.
Earlier we mentioned the “you look nice” compliment and how that can get repetitive (or cliché). However, don’t completely toss this idea in the trash! It is important to let your partner know you are attracted to them. There are many other small ways you can do this rather than simply saying “you look nice” each day. Perhaps your spouse came home with a new haircut, you can say “hey I really like how you changed your hair. It looks nice on you!” Let them know you noticed.
Or if your spouse has an important meeting at work, you can give them a big boost as they walk out the door by mentioning how professional and admirable they look. Physical attraction is important in a relationship, and by conveying compliments to your spouse you’ll help evoke feelings of confidence and self-worth.
If you are looking for practical ways to affirm your spouse and boost their self-esteem, then remember to focus on the four legs: Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Physical. These four areas are a sure way to reach your partner’s heart.
When you are feeling vulnerable, what are ways your spouse affirms you? How do you help your spouse when you notice they need a confidence boost? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!