Maintaining a positive sense of self-worth as we age has mental and physical health benefits, and can help delay the negative effects of aging.
Low self-esteem can be linked to both stress and depression, as well as a constant feeling of lethargy in everyday life. Increasing self-worth has been proven to improve creativity, mobility, and make everyday activities easier.
A change in mental state will influence the physical wellbeing of your loved one, which can then have a snowball effect on their happiness.
AgingCare has outlined 3 simple ways to increase your loved one’s self-esteem.
Seek out social connection
Individuals that engage in frequent contact with family and friends are more likely to have high self-esteem and overall happiness. This can be very important for your loved one as they may feel isolated at times.
Having regular social interactions will release dopamine, the chemical responsible for making people feel pleasure, from the brain and improve movement, cognition, and sleep.
Promote feelings of independence
Physical and cognitive decline can lead to your loved one feeling a loss of independence. Allowing them the freedom to complete simple tasks on their own will help them regain some self-esteem.
Performing small tasks will assist your loved one in feeling more productive and capable in their everyday life. It can also help them to remain active both mentally and physically.
Cope with life changes by finding support
There are communities and groups that assist people going through life transitions. Your loved one may need to share experiences and stories with people that understand what they are going through. Engaging in a positive discussion can help to cope with events in a healthy way. It will also provide a comfortable environment for your loved one to engage in an ongoing social dialogue and make new friends.
It is important for people of all ages to maintain a positive sense of self-worth in order to live a long and happy life. Helping to increase your loved one’s self-esteem can combat any negativity and help enrich their life moving forward. Make sure to reach out to your loved one and provide them with the help that they need, because mental health is as important as physical health.
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