For many of us over the age of 60, low self-esteem may be an issue that we face daily. Changes to physical appearance, or struggles with health issues and the resulting loss of independence, can be difficult to bear. Sometimes, those who find that their lives are more isolated can also feel a decrease to their self-esteem levels. The good news is that there are small, everyday changes you can make to increase self-esteem until confidence comes naturally to you again. Here are our tips for how to do so.
Maintain Good Hygiene
Low self-esteem can sometimes result in people neglecting self-care if they feel that they aren’t worth the effort. However, good hygiene helps you look good, which in turn can help you feel better about yourself. Things like maintaining good oral hygiene, showering daily and wearing clean clothes are small habits that go a long way in improving your self-confidence. Keeping these hygiene routines also provide anchors to your day, cultivating a sense of discipline and purpose that help you feel better about yourself too.
Having a regular exercise routine, whether it’s yoga or a morning walk, can help you beat stress and anxiety. Exercise has mental as well as physical benefits – keeping your body and mind active keeps your body and mind well. Exercising also provides you with social opportunities if you choose to join group activities, such as a hiking club or a class. The socialization that you get from these opportunities can help you feel more motivated in getting out of the house, helps you overcome loneliness, and reminds you of your self-worth. There are many ways to keep physically active, so be creative – even gardening is an option!
Spend Time with Friends
Spending time with your loved ones reminds you of your inherent value. If you don’t have close friendships, you can expand your circle by joining clubs, reaching out to your neighbors, or volunteering. You’re never too old to make new friends.
Speaking of volunteering, this activity is another way to raise self-esteem. Volunteering reminds you of your place in a community, keeping you anchored to those around you. By keeping active in your community, you’re not only keeping productive – you’re also making a difference to those around you. Find a cause you’re passionate about, and check your local groups for opportunities.
Wear Something You Love
Aging doesn’t mean you have to put away your favorite colors or fun designs – fashion isn’t just for the young! Your wardrobe gives you the chance to express your style, so don’t be afraid to be adventurous. When you love what you wear, you’ll love how you look.
Talk to a Therapist
Sometimes, what we need is a listening ear. If you find that you feel constantly blue, it may be best to speak with someone who can help. Your loved ones can provide you with comfort, but a therapist is equipped to provide you with strategies to regulate your emotions so that you can develop your emotional toolkit. Don’t be embarrassed to reach out to a therapist if you feel that you need help. After all, that’s what they’re there for.