As we age, it’s extremely common to lose some of our confidence as your body changes and your situation changes, too, like entering retirement or moving into a retirement community. Studies have found that our self-esteem increases after childhood and continues to rise throughout adulthood, but there tends to be a pretty steep decline at age 60 once we start to see those effects of aging on our lives. But how can you avoid that decline? It’s not like you start aging; you start feeling bad and can’t do anything about it. So, here are four tips for older adults to boost self-esteem.
Squash the Stereotypes
Throughout our lives, we’re bombarded with negative messages and images about aging from movies and TV. It’s important to squash these stereotypes within your thoughts. If you hold onto these stereotypes, you can end up hurting your self-esteem as you get older, and you start to see some of these “negative” aspects of aging in yourself. So, step 1: get rid of the negativity: aging isn’t about limitations!
Get out and about
As we get older, it can be harder to get out of the house, especially if you have mobility issues, but getting out and about can do wonders for your self-confidence. Even something as simple as going out to lunch with friends or family can do the trick. No matter how old you are, we all want and need to have strong friendships and close family connections. Studies show that older adults with more regular contact with family and friends have higher self-esteem and happiness levels. So, get out of the house and keep those social connections strong; don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!
Practice independence when possible
One of the hardest things to deal with as we age is the loss of independence and no longer being able to do things for ourselves that we once enjoyed. This can be understandably hard to come to terms with and even harder to admit that you need help. Stuff like cooking, cleaning, and yard work can start to feel like more daunting tasks as we get older. But, needing help isn’t tied to your self-worth! If anything, getting help with these everyday tasks can open you up to exploring other interests and hobbies you might not have had time for. The important thing here is to enjoy what you can do by yourself and, wherever possible, take that opportunity to have that independence.
No one feels good about themselves if they don’t care for themselves, no matter how old they are. You can’t sit around in your PJs all day, every day, not doing anything and expecting to feel good; unless that’s truly what you love to do. Positive self-esteem starts when you believe you’re worth taking care of! Whether it’s taking a nice, long bubble bath or taking time to enjoy your hobbies or watch your favourite TV show. It can be easy to let self-care slip away, especially when your self-esteem is low and you’re just not feeling it. But, self-care is always important, so make sure to practice self-care regularly.
The bottom line is when you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to enjoy the little things in your life. As you get older and enter retirement, you can take a step back from your usual busy schedule of managing work and your personal life and start to live a simpler life. The important thing to remember is that what you’re losing as you get older, like independence or mobility, isn’t controlling your self-worth. It’s important to remember that you’re worth it and not to let those negative stereotypes and feelings impact how you feel about yourself.
Whether you need assistance with those everyday tasks or just want a place to relax and enjoy the simple things in your life, Trillium Communities has a place for you. Get in touch today to learn about all our communities have to offer.