Building Confidence In Your 60's

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on April 21 2019

Confidence is something that needs to be worked on every single day, and it’s not just limited to something that you learn in your younger years. In fact, confidence is similar to our muscles, and the more we use it the stronger we become. Not only does confidence allow us to engage in activities that we never thought possible, it also puts a halt to that game of second-guessing that we have a tendency to do, and it serves as a tool to manage our fears.

Here are a few tips for boosting your confidence regardless of what age you are…

 

Narrow it down. There is no time like the present to discover how you really want to spend your time. Take a long hard look at your life and ask yourself what activities and people make you truly happy. Are you spending a lot of time with a negative friend who sucks all the energy out of you? If so, it may be time to turn that friend in for one who will bring out your best and has a natural tendency to boost your spirits. There is a saying that we are the five people who we spend the most time with. So, if you spend a lot of time with people who aren’t encouraging you to try new things or follow your dreams, then you may be in the wrong circle.  The same thing goes for activities. If you’ve been engaging in a hobby or activity that has grown dull over the years, it may be time to step outside the box and try something new, preferably something that you’ve always wanted to try.

Stretch your mind muscle. One solid way to raise your confidence is to learn something new. Whether it be a painting class or an online course on a foreign language, expand your know-how and learn something that you’ve always wanted to learn. You will soon find that a little burst of confidence comes right alongside your new venture and the activity that will be percolating in your mind. This will naturally stimulate your confidence.

Laugh. Sometimes, the best way to build a little confidence is to laugh at yourself. It’s time to throw away your fear of looking silly and embrace those laugh lines and the things that make you feel vulnerable. Remember that there is no such thing as perfection and if you can’t laugh at yourself and have some fun in life, then how are you going to step outside your boundaries and give confidence a chance?


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