As the years go by there are many changes, both physical and emotional that can change the way we think about ourselves. And — let’s be honest — the way society values seniors doesn’t usually help. All these changes have an enormous impact on the way we view ourselves. Generally speaking, our self-esteem is pretty robust by the time we reach our 50’s and 60’s, and unless there are significant life changes this remains constant, according to this research. So, how do you keep improving your self-confidence during this time in your life?
So, how do you keep improving your self-confidence while you age?
Ask anyone in a senior living community and you will quickly discover that there is no age limit for new social circles. Apart from helping you manage depression, your social circle is important to self-confidence because we rely on our friends for support. Whether it’s wanting to try something new — and maybe a little scary — or simply wanting to vent about something stressful, your social circle is the place you are able to do that. And getting feedback from your friends is also how you can build the courage to do something daring or finding a shoulder to lean on while we manage a burden. It’s no surprise that the more support you have, the more empowered you will feel to manage your life.
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Learn Something New
Not only is this good for keeping your mind sharp, but it can improve your self-esteem and confidence. Whether it’s learning how to play an instrument or speak a new language, learning new things can change the way we think about ourselves. The most important thing it indicates that you are still a capable and intelligent person. Learning new things is the best kind of empowerment because not only does it add to your ever-growing list of skills but it also proves that your life journey is just beginning and you can make it into whatever you choose. Here are just a few ways learning new things can contribute to your self-esteem
- Cultivating your creative side is personally rewarding.
- You are more prepared to meet certain challenges.
- It can influence how you communicate because your mind is more active.
- It can improve your independence which is great for your self-esteem.
But its not just about adding to your knowledge base, but also improves your social life because — not surprisingly — learning new things makes you more interesting. When we start to learn about new ideas or talents, we often become enamored with the topic. Basically, we are passionate about it. And people really respond to the passion of others. It makes you come across as happy, healthy, and — above all — interesting.
There is a growing awareness of “movement as medicine” in the mindfulness community. This refers to the idea that active people have healthier muscles and better moods. It’s easy to see how staying fit could have a major impact on your self-image. Apart from feeling better about your physical appearance, stronger muscles also help you remain capable and independent.
According to an article published in The New York Times, they found that people in their 70’s could have healthy muscles indistinguishable form from a 25-year-old. What these older individuals had in common was maintaining an active lifestyle for decades. Biologically speaking, these people were 30 years younger.
This affects everything from injury prevention to healthier immune and cognitive function. It’s no surprise that when you physically feel better you would emotionally feel better. Mindfulness can be a great way to begin improving your wellness lifestyle. Interested in other ways to improve your health easily, read more here.
Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Westlake, Ohio. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online or at 440-871-0090. Concord Reserve is a continuing care retirement community in Cleveland, Ohio.