As we age and have more time on our hands, we may feel all our best accomplishments are behind us, and we have nothing left to keep us busy. Some of our family or friends may have passed away or we no longer live close to them. These thoughts and feelings can lower our self-esteem. Village at Oakwood would like to share ways you can keep your self-esteem up as you get older.
Being more social can help you boost your feelings of self-confidence. Join a church community, social club or senior center activities. Find a worthy cause and volunteer. Helping others can make you feel better about yourself.
Maintain proper nutrition, get your rest and exercise. A good diet and physical activity make you feel better in both mind and body. Take all of your medications, and talk over health concerns with your doctor. In communities for assisted living in Oklahoma, medication administration is a service typically offered to residents.
Smile more! Smiling releases endorphins and makes you feel good, which will increase your self-esteem. Do something nice for yourself. In an affordable assisted living environment, a customary service can include a hair and beauty salon. Act with confidence when you are out socially. You will feel more valued if you behave as if you are worthy of good things.
Make a list of your assets, the things you like best about yourself. On days when you feel your self-esteem slipping, you can come back and read this list to remind yourself of all your good qualities.
When you make a mistake, act responsibly but try not to dwell on the issue. Stay away from negative self-talk and instead think positively about how you can do better in the future.
List something you are grateful for each day. Every day, list several things with no repeats from the previous days. You can list family, friends, events, abilities, the weather, as well as your affordable assisted living community. Adding to this list of thankfulness on a daily basis will greatly improve your mood.
If you find it difficult to raise your self-esteem, reach out to a friend or therapist to help you understand what may be causing your low self-esteem. This will help put you on the road to feeling better about yourself.
If you are in the market for affordable assisted living for you or your loved one, contact us. The staff at Village at Oakwood in Oklahoma City are caring and compassionate, providing residents with a safe and healthy environment.