Finding Confidence: Zara Janjua
Glasgow's Zara Janjua is one busy lady. The journalist, comedian, TV presenter and producer is currently producing Loose Women and This Morning while also writing a sitcom and producing a film. She might be top of her game but even she suffers from self doubt at times...
What makes you feel unconfident?
Jeggings, Margot Robbie and mayonnaise. Not in that order and not together. Understanding that you can shape your life is the most empowering feeling. I started running a few years ago and it changed everything. Whenever I feel low or anxious, I run. I find it cathartic and it’s often when I come up with an idea or a solution to a problem.
Have you been affected by self-doubt in your career?
Everyday. I’d only been a broadcast journalist for a few weeks when I was asked to present the late news programme, last minute. I calmly accepted, went to the toilet and was sick. I called my mum and cried like a baby. Sometimes you need the people who love you to prop you up and tell you everything is going to be ok.
Confidence: is it what’s on the inside or the outside?
For me the better I feel, the better I look. But I’m also a great believer in doing what feels good for you, and I love pampering. I recently had a Vampire Facial from Face & Body and the process is fascinating - it’s the first time I have seen results from a facial. I’ve noticed however that as I get older, it’s harder to shift weight. I try to remind myself that everything changes, and you can either embrace the change or fight against it and be miserable.
Any secrets you’ve discovered for a happier life?
Being kind to yourself is so important. You have to be your own best friend in life. It has made me a kinder person and when you have faith that your actions come from a good place, you have every right to be confident.
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