Self-esteem is closely connected to autonomy and those that lose independence may feel it impacts their own level of confidence. Everyone suffers from self-esteem issues at some point, but it is those that can implement strategies and regain their confidence that doesn’t let it impact their freedom and independence. There are some things that you can do to build and maintain self-esteem across the lifespan.
Studies show that self-esteem can take a hit as you age. That is, situational stressors, societal stereotypes, and the aging process itself can erode and diminish self-confidence. Getting older has its challenges; self-esteem helps with momentum and positivity in the face of a challenge. Thankfully, there are some ways that you can build and maintain self-esteem now, and as you get older, too.
Another thing that can impact your self-esteem is an accident or injury. If you live with physical limitations or disabilities, consider how mobility aids can help reduce the risk of a fall and preserve your confidence.
Build and maintain your own self-esteem with the following strategies- at any age!
Make and Meet Goals
A big part of your self-esteem is linked to a sense of purpose; that is, making and meeting the goals that you set. Even if you are older, retired, and not pressured to meet quotas or deadlines, go ahead and make some goals. Think about things you would like to achieve, perhaps related to a hobby or maybe in terms of a relationship with someone else. Set goals and strive to reach them. This is very empowering and can give self-esteem and confidence a lift.
Get Ready for the Day
Even if you don’t have any place to go today, get ready for the day as if you do. Take a shower or bath, brush your teeth, and change your clothing. These tasks can help you feel on top of your game and improve how you feel about yourself. Make daily grooming and hygiene a part of your normal routine and try to maintain this habit each and every day.
Studies show that when you feel like you look good, you will feel good, too. Wear apparel that you enjoy, and that you feel flatters you; this can give confidence a boost, which can have positive ripples across all aspects of your life!
Abolish Negative Self-Talk
Challenge negative self-talk. Don’t just believe the unkind things that you may say to yourself when you are feeling down. Negative self-talk fulfills no purpose and can be detrimental to your holistic health. When you feel yourself begin to put yourself down or think negatively, put on the brakes. Make yourself redirect your thoughts to something- anything- more pleasant. Counter unpleasant thoughts about yourself with kinder, gentler ones instead of letting the wear down your self-esteem.
Strive to Stay Healthy
When you feel good, your confidence can soar. Diet and exercise can make you feel strong and healthy, so you feel better about yourself. If you really want to improve your mental health and mood, try yoga. This activity requires focus and can be a great way to improve flexibility as you get older.
Accessibility and mobility issues can take a toll on confidence and esteem. Don’t struggle to get where you need to; talk to your provider about mobility equipment and aids that can make everyday life easier and a lot more pleasant, too. When individuals have challenges with mobility, many may isolate themselves without the right tools to improve accessibility issues. As previously mentioned, social withdrawal can also negatively impact the way that you feel about yourself.
Be of Service to Others
Be of service to someone else and volunteer your time to a worthy cause. There is a great sense of achievement that comes from volunteering and this can contribute to healthy self-esteem. Plus, your efforts will have ripple effects of helping others, too. Not sure where to volunteer? Look online at community groups and agencies to find opportunities in your own area.
Learn Something New
To preserve self-esteem, become a lifelong learner. You can always find something new to explore or learn. Plus, every time you learn a new skill, you grow as a person. Confidence soars when you are making strides to be or do better.
International Boost Self-Esteem Month in February is another resource that can help. This typically involves a series of events that are dedicated to improving how people perceive, believe, and appreciate themselves. Everyone lives with their own challenges and hurdles; good self-esteem can help give you the confidence to overcome them. Check out activities and events planned in your region during this observance.
Use these strategies to combat the stressors of aging that can impact self-esteem. For quality mobility aids from a company that cares, talk to the team at Pacific Mobility to enhance accessibility and maintain confidence and autonomy. Call or visit today.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)