Having a lifetime of experience, you deserve to live out your golden years in confidence. The tendency for you or your loved ones is to feel unwanted and unloved, especially if you may have felt that you aged physically. With the physical and physiological changes aside, there are ways to boost your confidence and feel a holistic sense of personhood.
Reduce Negative Self-Talk
Mental self-talk is the pathway to mental health. A low level of confidence usually stems from negative self-talk. The inner dialogue of one, if not controlled, can be defeating and promote feelings of worthlessness. The consequences can be direr than what we expect. Self-harm can be a result of negative self-talk and low confidence level. Hence, reducing negative self-talk is essential to boost the confidence of you or your loved ones. You can apply this practically by catching yourselves when you feel you are spiraling down emotionally. This can be attributed to the negative inner dialogue of your own age or looks. Detecting and diagnosing negative self-talk is the first step. This will require the next step, which is to challenge the negative self-talk.
Challenge Negative Self-Talk
It can be difficult to disbelieve our inner dialogue. However, boosting your confidence involves challenging the negative inner dialogue. It may involve rebutting the negative self-talk, such as encouraging yourselves when you feel bad. As this becomes a habit, the self-talk grows less negative gradually and will boost confidence levels.
Finding a Community
As the African proverb says: if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together. A conducive and encouraging community goes a long way to boost people’s confidence levels. The caveat here, however, is that the community must be the right one. An encouraging and safe community can boost your confidence through words of affirmation while the wrong community can cause your confidence level to plummet. Finding the right people is important as the right community allows you to share about your inner dialogue too. Sometimes it requires other people to challenge our negative self-talk to boost our confidence levels. A conducive environment promotes a healthy community.
As the right community members boost confidence, you or your loved ones can feel loved and accepted for who you are. In turn, you will be able to boost the confidence levels of others too. By stepping into the right relationships, you can feel confident about your socializing ability and in turn boost your confidence levels.
Wear Your Favorite Clothes
What you put on does affect the way you feel about yourselves. This may be especially true for those who derive their confidence from the way they look and present themselves. They may struggle with confidence about their appearance as they may experience physical and physiological changes, such as wrinkles, weight gain, and affected mobility, and so on. It is not only about clothes though. By wearing a new pair of shoes, or even a haircut to beautify their outward appearances, they can feel good about themselves and will help to boost their confidence levels.