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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By: Maureen Belden

Having Confidence in Health

Improving self-esteem and building your confidence are often common phrases in studies and psychology for teenagers. We may even be familiar with the ties of self-esteem and depression. But a recent study of senior citizens suggests that self-esteem is directly related to the health of senior citizens.

Improving self-esteem and building your confidence are often common phrases in studies and psychology for teenagers. We may even be familiar with the ties of self-esteem and depression. But a recent study of senior citizens suggests that self-esteem is directly related to the health of senior citizens.

A study conducted at Concordia University examined changes to self-esteem within senior individuals over time. They found that an individual's self-esteem was directly correlated to the stress hormone cortisol. When self-esteem measured low, the stress hormone measured high and vice versa.

What, then, are the implications of this study? Can a person really build their confidence and self-esteem later in life? The study suggests that making of new friends, trying out new activities and staying active physically and mentally will keep you physically healthier longer.

A variety of social, intellectual, spiritual, and physical activities are available at retirement communities such as those of Ingleside at Rock Creek. One of the great advantages of such a community is the convenience of gathering your peers and involving yourself in a variety of opportunities. Whether it is in a mosaic art class, socials, hospitality teas, political lectures, or music appreciations, you can count on cultural arts and events for the residents to enjoy.  On the surface they are enjoyable activities, but they are also a buffer to the stress of aging. While residents are enjoying themselves in activities that suggest the building of self-confidence, they are increasing the likelihood of maintaining their health.

So today, as you make you routine decisions, take the extra effort to meet someone new, try something new, or continue an activity you truly enjoy- it is not just pleasurable, but healthy!

See full article at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/273998.php



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