It’s a lot easier said than done, but the first step is figuring out what feeling affirmed in your gender means to you. As you explore, you’ll probably get a better idea of what feels right.
Express yourself. Once you’ve explored different types of gender expression, run with it! Get a new haircut, clothes, piercing, or whatever else feels like you.
Try out new pronouns. Use different pronouns when referring to yourself. It’s helpful to have others involved with this if you are comfortable with it.
Test out a new name. If you don’t feel like your name fits you, try something else! Maybe your middle name or a masculine/feminine version of your name feels better, or maybe you’ve always felt like another name fits best.
Embrace your creative side. If you can’t outwardly express your gender, art is a fantastic way to privately express and affirm who you are. Draw, paint, dance, write – anything that makes you feel like you can build confidence in your identity.