When it comes to simple, fun ways to socialise,
bowling is right up there. But did you know a trip to a bowling
alley can also help you build self-confidence? After all, bowling
can be played and enjoyed by anyone, so it offers a level playing
field (or alley!) where all you need to think about is taking part
and enjoying yourself.
What is Self-Confidence?
Exercise benefits aside, we all like to feel confident in
ourselves whether we're athletic or not. But what is
self-confidence? Most people would define it as feeling comfortably
in control and confident in your ability to succeed. In our book,
anything that makes you feel like that is something well worth
doing - and often!
Come Out of Your Shell
Feeling shy? Going bowling offers a light-hearted way to
interact with people and get to know them in a relaxed situation.
Cheer each other on, congratulate good shots, commiserate with
unlucky ones - with the pressure off, all you need to do is enjoy
each other's company.
Hitting your first pin is always an exciting moment that's sure
to get you hooked on bowling. So when you start to knock over more
and more and eventually score yourself a strike - there's sure to
be cheering all round and you'll be feeling great about yourself in
The Endorphin Effect
Let's not forget that bowling is a physical
activity so it can have all kinds of positive effects. It can help
you to lose weight and get more toned - which always boosts
self-confidence. Plus, when you exercise, your body releases
chemicals called endorphins. These trigger a positive feeling in
the body which can help you achieve a more positive outlook on
Sounds Like Team Spirit
Hitting your local bowling alley with your friends can help give
you a sense of belonging. Research has shown that spending time as
a group can help people develop a sense of identity, create
positive connections and build their self-esteem.
And, of course, the excitement when you win as a team is always
great for everyone's confidence!
Remember, you may not be the only one worrying about your lack
of self-confidence. Even those who seem to be bursting with energy
may be hiding their anxieties. So make sure you congratulate your
team members (and your opponents too!) and be supportive when
people are struggling.