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There’s something about being over 50 that scares a lot of women. Between menopause, children leaving the nest, navigating the next phase of your romantic life, and aging, your self-esteem can take a dip or even become non-existent.
But the last thing you want to do is neglect the importance of having a never-ending supply of self-esteem as you get older. Without it, your holistic health and quality of life can suffer. Do these six things to boost your self-esteem and develop a more positive outlook on life if you’re a woman over 50.
Improve Your Physical Health
Being physically healthy not only helps you look and feel good but also ensures your body is in tip-top shape. Ramp up your efforts to improve your physical health into your 50s. Ensure you’re sticking to a balanced, nutritious diet. Finally curb your addiction to sweets. Make sure you’re getting the vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats that are essential in each meal.
Focus on strength training and balance to carve out your best physique, ensure flexibility, and remain mobile. Consider purchasing home workout equipment and/or working with a trainer to ensure you’re doing what’s best for your body at this age.
Also, there’s a simple thing you can do daily to feel better — drink plenty of water. It’ll help boost your mood, regulate your temperature, and carry necessary nutrients and oxygen throughout your body. Having a water bottle with you will ensure you get the appropriate amount of hydration.
Prioritize Your Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
According to “The State of Mental Health and Aging in America” by the Center for Disease Control, 20% of people 55 and up have at least one mental health concern. These concerns commonly include anxiety, cognitive impairment, and mood disorders. The 20% is only those older adults that admit to having these issues or are diagnosed, so it may be much higher. If you’re feeling depressed or are diagnosed with any mental illness, you’re not alone.
Allowing mental health challenges and emotional well-being concerns to go unchecked at an older age is dangerous to your self-esteem and overall quality of life. On the contrary, maintaining mental strength and emotional stability keeps you uplifted and open to the future.
Nurture your mental health and emotional well-being by:
● Learning to let go;
● Growing self-love;
● Taking time to rest and recover;
● Making a connection with nature;
● Seeing a counselor or therapist regularly;
● Unpacking trauma, pain, and grief you’ve yet to address;
● Learning about mindfulness and implementing activities to practice it.
It’s not realistic to be happy every waking moment. Life has its ups and downs, but prioritizing your mental health and emotional well-being can inspire more smiles.
Smiling can positively impact your health — physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can help reduce stress, strengthen your immune system, and prolong your life. A warm smile makes you happier. Laugh with friends and family or when you find yourself enjoying music, dancing, or nature walks. If you aren’t happy with your smile right now, visit your dentist to see what you can do to improve your oral hygiene so you can flaunt your smile confidently. You deserve it.
Switching careers can have a positive impact on your self-esteem as well. Many women take on careers that aren’t their first choices for the sake of providing a stable home for their children. Working at a job you don’t like or in a toxic environment for years can ruin how you feel about yourself.
Now that you’re older and may be an empty nester, it’s a perfect time to consider shifting to a career that’s much more meaningful to you. Doing work you’re passionate about can ignite a new passion for life, leading to higher self-esteem.
First, analyze your finances and ensure you’re ready to make a career transition. Then, research the work you want to do and put your bid in for opportunities you connect with.
Start a Passion Project
Starting a passion project to boost your self-esteem is a brilliant idea. Whether or not we’re good at it, doing something we’re passionate about prompts happiness, peace, and fulfillment — all of which boost self-esteem.
Make a list of things you’re passionate about but have yet to pursue seriously. Prioritize them by interest and how enthusiastic you are about starting them. Then, dive into number one on the list. Devise a step-by-step plan to stick with each passion project if you need to. When you do more of what you love, self-esteem follows.
Indulge in Self-care
Nurturing the relationship you have with yourself is critical for boosting your self-esteem. Unfortunately, many of us put ourselves on the back burner in our earlier lives. But now is the perfect time to delve into intentional self-care and become number one in your life.
Indulging in self-care can help you learn more about who you are and that, in turn, increases your confidence, self-esteem, and belief in yourself. Self-care activities can be as simple as taking a bubble bath once a week or as intricate as seeing a therapist. Define self-care for you and integrate it into your every day to boost your self-esteem.
Boosting your self-esteem when you’re over 50 is just as important as when you’re under 50. By implementing some of what’s detailed in this article, you can maintain high self-esteem and a positive outlook on this next stage of your life.