Low self-esteem can be difficult for people of all ages. A lack of confidence in yourself can limit your daily activities – you might avoid trying new activities or making new friends, and the isolation from this can add to negative thinking patterns. Your golden years should be the time where you enjoy life to the fullest, but that can be difficult with low self-esteem. You may be experiencing a decline in confidence because of health issues, loss of independence, or changes to your physical appearance. Perhaps you may be feeling disconnected from the world. It’s important that you not let any of these reasons prevent you from enjoying your golden years. Here are 5 ways to improve self-confidence at your age.
Maintain Good Hygiene
Taking care of your hygiene is a great way to maintain and boost confidence. Low self-esteem can cause a vicious cycle whereby people start neglecting self-care as they don’t feel that they are worth the effort. This, in turn, leads to a further decline in self-esteem. Taking daily showers, maintaining good oral hygiene, and dressing in clean clothes helps you feel more confident in your appearance. Even if you aren’t heading out for the day, keeping up with your hygiene routine can lift your mood and provide you with some structure.
Keeping active is a great way to boost your self-esteem. Exercise helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise also helps you keep up your physical health and appearance, both of which are good for your confidence levels. With benefits like maintaining and improving mobility, exercise also helps you retain your independence. Keeping active also increases the opportunity for social interaction – a hiking class or senior exercise group are great options for you to expand your social network. TerraBella Summit’s Dimensions Health & Wellness program provides a host of physical activities for you to peruse.
There’s nothing like volunteering to make you feel valuable. Find a cause you’re passionate about and figure out how you can help. Perhaps you would like to help out in a soup kitchen or an animal shelter. Not only does volunteering keep you preoccupied with something worthwhile, but it’s also a great way to socialize.
No matter how old you are, there is always a new skill you can pick up or improve. Practical and achievable goals allow you to motivate yourself so that you are constantly learning and growing. The sense of accomplishment you feel once you reach your goals can help strengthen your self-confidence.
Spend Time with Friends
Spending time with your loved ones provides a boost to your self-esteem. It helps you remember that you are valuable to the people in your life. If you would like to have more close friendships, you can expand your social circle by joining clubs or reaching out to your neighbors. You are never too old for new friends. At TerraBella Summit, our Celebrations Activities & Events program provides ample opportunities for forming new friendships through a bustling calendar of social events. Schedule a tour today!