Age comes with changing bodies and increasing risks of health concerns which may be a bummer. Studies from the American Psychological Association have purported that our self-esteem is bound to gradually dip once we hit the age of 60. This is due to the significant life changes that happen as we grow older, be it the biological nature of human bodies or having been through rough patches.
While it is important to acknowledge and recognize our confidence levels and feelings, it is more important to find ways to boost our self-esteem. Boosting your loved ones’ self-esteem in their senior years can contribute to their overall well-being as they will feel happier and find enjoyment in the things they do. Read about five ways you can boost your loved ones’ confidence levels!
Regardless of age, all of us need companionship at various points of our lives, including older adults. Being surrounded by a supportive group of friends and family helps with our mental and emotional wellbeing as it makes us look forward to meeting people. Socializing is crucial for seniors as they can enjoy the companionship and presence of like-minded individuals while engaging in common hobbies and interests together. It exposes them to new friendships and learns new things about themselves which enhances their self-esteem in the long run.
Meditate and Stretch
Meditating allows us to relax, unwind, and feel calm. Seniors who often meditate – be it closing their eyes while listening to relaxing music or enjoying the sound of nature – find it easier to destress and free themselves of negative thoughts. Alternatively, yoga engages your body and mind so you and your loved ones can try doing yoga as a form of physical and mental exercise.
Social media elicits unrealistic body images and perpetuates these norms that the average Joe sometimes falls for. It is normal to feel envy of others, but never let these negative feelings get to you. Stay positive and be optimistic! There’s so much more to life than dwelling in misery. Seniors’ loved ones can reassure one another or even organize bonding activities for the family so everyone can have some fun and laughter together.
Be Physically Active
Having a sense of purpose and having something to look forward to each passing day makes life so much more meaningful. Be it going for long walks with your friends, cleaning the house and doing gardening work in the backyard, or participating in recreational activities with your loved ones, taking your mind off personal concerns and distracting yourself with activities helps to boost your self-esteem.
Talk to Someone
Ever heard of ranting? Letting out your inner frustrations and negative thoughts is bound to make you feel better afterward. Approach a family member for help and have an open conversation. Ask a friend out for an afternoon tea session and reminiscence the good old times. Asking for others’ input helps you to walk through your problems, and conversely, your loved ones will be more than delighted to provide a listening ear. Who knows? They may have something troubling their minds and are looking for someone to share their concerns with as well!
These are some ways that older adults can combat loneliness in their senior years, enhance their overall wellbeing, and boost their self-esteem. It is not an overnight change as it takes time, but don’t worry and live life!