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4 Ways To Boost Your Confidence When Age-Related Changes And Illness Come

Ladies, we have to face the fact that we aren’t going to stay 35, 45, or 55 forever. We are aging and we will experience age-related changes and possibly some type of illness. That said, just because we must deal with these things, doesn’t mean we have to bow down to them and lose ourselves and our unique style. In fact, I recommend that we use our aging as a passage to greater confidence and authenticity. Here are a few quick ways to boost your style when age-related changes and illness come.

Mobility Changes

Mobility change that comes from age or illness can steal joy and independence. Furthermore, it can create a desire to stay home and not be seen by anyone. First, it’s important to know that when something changes, we have a choice to succumb to its grip or rise above it.

I know a part of it is that having to walk with a cane other walking aid (which I have) can seem unattractive and burdensome. Also, when I had mobility issues, I had to stop wearing certain types of stylish shoes…boy, I hated that. However, I learned how to be just as fashionable with lower, wider heels that give me more support. Though most of my issues have passed now, I still can’t wear stilettos…:(

I recommend that you look for fashionable walking sticks, shoes, and other walking aids that enhance your style. Make a personality statement that you can be proud of! Show some of that bright and beautiful perseverance to the world. Most of all, believe that mobility issues don’t define you. You get to choose who you are and how you present yourself!

When Hearing Goes South

You should know that gone are the days when everyone stares at the hearing aid protruding from your ear. Hearing aids are now so advanced that you don’t even know they are there. Hearing aids are usually custom-fit and based on a cast or impression of your ear for the best fit. They are also available in a range of skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. Additionally, there are several styles available. Learn more about hearing aids that sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. 

Ultimately, hearing well will boost your confidence, especially if you’ve been dealing with hearing loss for a while. Don’t avoid it or try to hide it. Again, know that these health and body changes don’t define who you are. And, thankfully, you can get help to restore what you lost and do it discreetly.

Life is Too Short to Wear Boring Glasses

I don’t know about you, but I have always thought eyewear is a fashion statement. So you don’t have to be in your golden years to put on some cool, attention-getting glasses! But, if you are, this is an even better time to spread your fashion wings!

The glasses you wear can be a genuine part of your personality and image. As we age we need to know that we are staying true to who we are and not falling into some boring stereotype. Try lots of styles until you find some that you absolutely love! Most importantly, keep up with your eye health practices, as this will ultimately help you stay confident that you are seeing your world optimally.

Eat Well and Stay Active

The absolute worse thing you can do as you age or illness strikes is giving up on basic healthcare practices. Our bodies need quality food and movement to heal. Of course, consult with your doctor about what is appropriate for you and your state of health, but take responsibility for your lifestyle.

Giving your diet an overhaul and exercising helps you to energize your body and also produces “feel good” chemicals in your brain. In other words, it’s harder to get depressed or lose confidence when you feel and look good. You might even lose some unwanted pounds and fit into some things that have caught your eye in the store. Now, that’s a style and confidence booster! 

When Your Hair Changes

Though I am not in my golden years yet, I have experienced some major changes in my hair. It’s simply not what it used to be in volume or texture. I’ve lost so much of it that I have considered wearing some fantastic wigs at times. The best advice I can give you about your hair is to treat it with full respect. Be gentle and accept that it’s going to change as you age. Additionally, illness can cause hair loss and other temporary changes in texture and moisture.

Consult with your hairstylist about any products that might slow down or conceal thinning hair. A good cut and some color can do wonders for your self-esteem and even help your hair appear thicker. You can also use this time to experiment with scarves, hats, and other fun accessories. Make it a part of your style and let that personality shine through! 

 

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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