This blog is for women over 50 who want to rewrite their lives and find a renewed sense of purpose so they can make a difference in the next phase of their journeys.
We all have times when we are down on ourselves, but there are easy ways to combat those feelings of low self-esteem. Take these tiny steps to boost your self-image. You’ll be surprised at the results.
Get better everyday.
Plan to do one thing today that will help you improve physically, intellectually, emotionally or spiritually. Making just one change for the better will boost your attitude from the inside out. Don’t try to change everything at once. Just choose one area and make one improvement.
Little things add up.
It's amazing, really. The seemingly meaningless things you do for yourself may not have immediate results, but after just a short period of time they'll have you looking and feeling better. So add those bubbles to your bath, make sure you eat your vegetables, get enough sleep, think of doing something fun when you have nothing to do and the results will be worth it.
Take another look in the mirror.
When we’re not feeling our best, we may want to pull our hair into a ponytail, throw on old sweats and slouch out the door. Instead, take an extra minute or two to put on a good pair of jeans and an extra swipe of mascara. It will make all the difference in how you feel about yourself when you leave home.
Appreciate the good things in your life.
To get that attitude going the right way, you need to appreciate your blessings. In our down times, we forget how blessed we re. All of us have many gifts. Just pick one and focus on that. You may think of the loving family you have or the food in your fridge, or just the warmth of a hot shower. Remembering how fortunate we are lessens any sadness we may be experiencing.
Any of these steps will go a long way to improving your mental state. Just take one and start the journey back to good self-esteem.
Have you ever let a negative experience ruin your day? It happens to all of us.
For example, when you were a child, if your goldfish dies, you would be heartbroken. Your parents will probably buy you another goldfish but the sorrow is still there.
Things get even more complex when you become an adult. A fight with your spouse the night before will affect your entire day. You will go to work angry, tired, and your mind will wander. On the way home from work you will not notice the sun shining and you would not be tempted to stop at a roadside stand to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables.
All this because that one negative thought has contaminated the way you perceive the reality around you.
Finding a safe place to relax your mind will do wonders for your emotional and mental improvement. That place is relatively easy to find. It can be an actual place or an imaginary location. The best idea is to totally lose yourself in it.
Let us say you have a problem on your mind and it just would not go away. Go bowling. Do not know how? Just give it a shot. Get caught up in the game. Your mind will drift away from the negative thoughts that dominated your last hours or days and start processing a whole new kind of information.
A safe haven can take many forms. It can be a song, a movie, even a person or animal. The main thing is to allow yourself to get completely involved with this new activity.
Your choices have power. Decision-making skills are necessary to make vital life changes. Successful people make good decisions. They take the time to calmly review their options to make their best choices.
Be aware of your choices. Bring your decision-making to the front of your mind. Think about what you choose to eat, with whom and how you decide to spend your time, how you spend your money.
Are your choices bringing you closer to your dreams? Think about that with each choice you make.