Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
HAPPY HUMP DAY!
Just the other day Dan and I were talking about this very thing.
As we get older, it is common to lose some confidence as your body changes and you face life-altering events, like retirement, health issues, and loss of loved ones.
So, as we have been exploring words and how it effects our health, I welcome you to check out the past two weeks posts with words such as, time, faith, self-worth, happiness, encouragement, self-talk, optimism, karma, forgiveness, trust, appreciation, thoughts and words, power, rebuilding, passion and how they are related to our health.
Today the word is confidence.
A person's level of confidence and self-esteem typically follows a bell curve.
It gradually rises during the late teen years, peaks during middle age, and tends to decline after age 60, according to a 2010 study of people ages 25 to 104 in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
The researchers said the main reason for this pattern is that midlife is when people typically occupy the highest positions of power, status, and importance.
They are working, involved in relationships, and more adventurous about trying new things.
In contrast, older adults often lose these roles as they enter the later stages of life.
The best way to regain confidence is to remind yourself of your capabilities, address the obstacles that keep you from feeling confident, and work around those obstacles.
Do not feel bad if you cannot do everything you once did, or at the same level or intensity.
The goal is to focus on what you can do now and build from there.
This will help show you that you have much to offer and can still enjoy an active, satisfying life.
There are ways that can help you gain greater confidence and realize that your best days may still lie ahead.
One way is by looking good.
When you look good, you feel good, so take pride in your appearance.
Make it a point to practice good hygiene and get dressed each morning like you were going to work.
When you put in the effort to improve your appearance, you find that your opinion of yourself becomes more positive.
What about learning something new?
Activities like learning to paint or putting together a model car, studying history, or taking dance lessons or Tai Chi classes help tap into the natural desire to learn and master a new skill.
Being a beginner again is tough, but it shows you can still accomplish new things and find enjoyment in them.
This also reminds you that it is okay to make mistakes, so you can improve and grow, which helps build self-confidence.
Just yesterday we started ballroom dancing at our local senior citizen community.
Yes, Dan and I are learning the Waltz.
Another way is challenging yourself physically.
Find a physical challenge that you can realistically complete, create a plan of execution, and then work to meet that goal.
For example, for Dan and I for our health, we walk at least four days of the week, at least two miles.
And other times we go to the gym and walk on the treadmill.
Just yesterday, Dan made a comment that we should try for three miles.
Any form of exercise, no matter how great or small, is beneficial for both physical and mental health.
Regular exercise also helps you build confidence in your ability to be active, while setting a challenge with mini goals along the way lets you experience the wonderful feeling of accomplishment.
We need to stay connected.
It is not as easy to venture out and interact with people as you age, and this is even harder when you feel less confident.
Yet studies show that personal connections help reduce the risks for depression and anxiety often associated with feelings of low self-esteem.
It is never too late, let us start today!
As Dan and I start a new year; we will be posting daily 365 morning meditations for joyful days all year long.
The book is SUNRISE GRATITUDE by Emily Silva.
STRIVING FOR BALANCE CAN FEEL like an uphill battle, one that never reaches a summit.
As we strive to balance life, we often become even more imbalanced.
There will be times when certain areas in our lives demand more attention than others.
When this happens, instead of stressing out about balance, strive to bring grace and understanding to the situation and the process.
Life has difficulties.
Bless the highs and lows, they are what make life such a magnificent journey.
PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
Dan and I have started back bouncing and walking to Walk at Home YouTube.
It is always important to change your routine around you but continue keeping a healthy lifestyle.
For us, that may be walking through a park, walking in a mall, or going to the gym and just staying home, bouncing, and walking to Walk at Home with YouTube.
This also includes daily meditation and twice a week Tai Chi.
15 Minute Meditation for Building True Confidence to Start Your Day/ Mindful Movement
Relax into the truth that you are enough, and you deserve all that you desire.
Develop positive beliefs about yourself using this practice consistently to reinforce your building confidence.
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Until Thursday, people are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in;
their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.