Happy Thursday! Let’s discuss today the benefits of confidence as we age.
The idea of discussing the benefits of confidence has been birthed out of different responses to the term….TEAM OVERDRESSED.
Some love it…some balk at it…but really it all boils down to one word…confidence.
I know I write about this often, but allow me to review why the benefits of confidence are so important as we age.
I am going to begin with a brief review of how this blog came to be….
THE BENEFITS OF CONFIDENCE AS WE AGE: HOW I LEARNED FIRST HAND
I will keep this as brief as I can…..
My time as a working mother wore down my confidence. As a busy- financially-strapped woman, I let go of me.
I stopped caring about my appearance and at age 50 experienced a wake-up call…AH-HA moment…whatever you want to call it.
When I began to care about me again…from the inside out…my confidence began to grow.
A friend noticed the difference…all that I was learning I was sharing with women around me…and she said…”YOU NEED TO START A BLOG.”
I still did not have enough confidence to picture my face on the blog and this mask was my profile picture for a couple of years….I truly was the headless blogger…behind books and newspapers…and dramatic head chops.
Seems so silly now…fourteen years later.
Fellow bloggers were the ones who said…SHOW ALL OF YOU…your audience will grow…so I did and it was true that more came to read what I had to say.
That was when my confidence began to grow again…suddenly I cared more about my health and desired to accomplish more as I aged. New opportunities appeared. A new freedom began to grow.
There was light and excitement within me as I embraced the woman God had created me to be.
I was living the benefits of confidence as we age in real time.
THE BENEFITS OF CONFIDENCE AS WE AGE: THE LIST
Basically, if you search “the benefits of confidence as we age,” you will find the importance of confidence for mental health and overall well being.
You will also discover that studies reveal “confidence” as we age is a problem…many seniors struggle with it.
There are several articles which recommend social interaction, to avoid isolation, volunteer, get involved, practice physical exercise, and go outdoors.
This blog has recommended the same things, particularly to live life one day at a time, face the day with joyful expectations, and have a purpose which can be a profession, volunteer work, or family time….or both.
However, I have learned first hand that my outward appearance does affect my confidence in big ways…and more happens for me when I take care of that before leaving the house.
I am more likely to meet new people, to talk with others, and to recognize new opportunities when I look my very best…and those are huge benefits of confidence.
Remember also that confidence and arrogance are two different things!
THE BENEFITS OF CONFIDENCE AS WE AGE: TEAM OVERDRESSED
What does “Team Overdressed” have to do with confidence and the benefits of confidence?…well, it has everything to do with it.
When we say (and I believe the creator of the term would agree with me) we are on Team Overdressed, we are saying that we want to be confident and find joy in that day…no matter what is on the calendar.
How we find that confidence in what we are wearing is a very unique, individual decision…that Is why there are many levels.
I may feel confident wearing jeans and blazers…and you may feel confident wearing athletic style…and someone else may be confident in fashion-forward distressed denim…IT IS INDIVIDUAL.
YOU are the best one to know your own unique personal best which will have you feeling confident when you go out and enjoying your time each day.
Of course, I do not dress up to stay around the house or be in the yard…but when I leave the house, I want the world to know that I am joyful, approachable, polished, creative, and current.
And I will add one…INTELLIGENT!
AND, finally, to know that I am completely confident …which is most often reflected by the smile on my face.
The greatest benefit of confidence is a JOYFUL ATTITUDE.
If we do not dress in a manner to show self respect and confidence, it is so easy to slip into depression. And I know that from experience!
I often make sure to say hello to women I see dressed poorly, because, so often their clothing is saying I need someone to care.
TEAM OVERDRESSED is just a tongue-in-cheek way to say we care…we want to enjoy each day…we are still here…and there is much yet for us to do and say.
Also, I am more comfortable when I am dressed in my confident best, than in comfy sweats at home. Because the first way is empowering.
This can be done on any income, for any size body, at any age….some of my best looks came out of Goodwill and I definitely looked like a member of Team Overdressed.
Those who love Team Overdressed have said they do not mind at all being the best dressed woman at lunch, at the wedding, at church, wherever.
Team Overdressed is a flag we wave to say…we care about ourselves …and also about those around us.
I only desire for you to be your confident best because there are great benefits of confidence as we age.
Always ask before you leave the house…What do these clothes say about me? and if the answer builds your confidence then go have fun!
THE BENEFITS OF CONFIDENCE AS WE AGE: STRENGTH & JOY
The greatest benefits of confidence are strength and joy.
We can handle almost anything if we are confident, which helps us to feel stronger.
Confidence really is empowering and I discovered it when I came out from behind the mask.
Strength, joy, faith, and confidence all go hand in hand to help us as we age.
I really believed that someone needed to hear this today…and hope it helps.
Would anyone else like to share the benefits of confidence in their world? I do believe our communities and unique locations influence our own confident style.
It is a big picture.
Thanks for being here, hopefully we will see you tomorrow for more from Forever Strong, and remember to
STAY STRONG & KEEP SMILING!!
By Pamela Lutrell
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