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Top 10 Benefits of Self-Esteem After 60

By Joanie Marx April 15, 2024 Mindset

How often do you find yourself being self-critical of your looks, health, finances, and your overall life?

Perhaps the way in which you view yourself negatively has become so routine you don’t look at it as being critical. Instead of considering it demeaning, self-critical dialogue is viewed as being honest with yourself.

But What If It Is the Opposite of Being Honest?

If you can relate you are not alone. Millions of women, from their 20s all the way into their 60s and over, have spent considerable time lambasting parts of themselves. Most of this is done silently within the privacy of one’s mind, but more often than not, self-critical dialogue seeps out into conversations with others and noticeable behaviors.

What if society’s ideas about candid honesty are really the product of low self-esteem, which has evolved over many years to the point where it is acceptable?

Higher self-esteem has long been associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety for people of all ages. Despite how prevalent the topic of self-esteem is, and the numerous studies conducted on it, there remains a vague idea about what self-esteem means and how to develop it, especially for those of us over 60.

In the first of a new eight-part article and video series on “Being Enough After 60,” we are going to look at what self-esteem is and detail 10 life-altering benefits of developing more self-esteem after 60.

What Is Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem refers to the personalized way you perceive and value your own worth.

Self-esteem influences the beliefs and attitudes you hold about yourself, your capabilities, worthiness of your dreams and desires. It even dictates how you perceive yourself in relation to other people.

Individuals with healthy self-esteem tend to have a positive outlook, believe in their abilities, and have a sense of worthiness and deservingness. But even then, lurking in the subconscious of many people, exist contrary beliefs ruled by low self-esteem.

Low self-esteem refers to a negative perception of oneself, often accompanied by feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and self-criticism. People with low self-esteem may struggle with loving themselves which shows up in a lack of confidence, difficulty asserting themselves, and may be more prone to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Benefits of Building Self-Esteem

To offset negative perceptions and limiting beliefs that contribute to low self-esteem, you will want to be clear on the immense benefits of developing your self-esteem. For without believing in the benefits, you are likely to not sustain the desire to strengthen your self-esteem through self-love practices or develop a daily self-care routine.

Cultivating self-esteem can have numerous, life-altering benefits for women over 60. Here are some of the top benefits:

Improved Mental Well-Being

Developing a healthy sense of self-esteem can enhance your mental well-being by reducing self-doubt, insecurity, and anxiety. It can lead to increased self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life.

Increased Resilience

A strong foundation of resilience allows you to bounce back from setbacks and challenges with greater ease. Self-esteem benefits you in this area by enabling you to face difficult situations with confidence, self-assurance, and determination.

Better Relationships

When you have a positive self-image and self-worth, you are more likely to establish and maintain healthy relationships. Positive self-esteem can help you set better boundaries, express your needs, and make choices that align with your values, fostering more fulfilling relationships.

Enhanced Decision-Making

Self-esteem empowers you to trust your judgment and make decisions that are in your highest good. You are also more likely to assert your preferences, make choices aligned with your desires, and open up to new opportunities, all of which leads to personal growth and satisfaction.

Increased Self-Love

Cultivating self-esteem involves loving and accepting yourself more fully. The more you love yourself the more you embrace your uniqueness. This also helps you let go of unrealistic societal expectations, leading to a greater sense of inner peace.

Improved Physical Health

Research suggests self-esteem is linked to better physical health. When you have a positive self-image, you are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors, such as regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and emotionally beneficial thoughts.

Self-Empowerment and Self-Advocacy

Self-esteem empowers you to advocate for yourself and honor your needs. It enables you to speak up, assert your worthiness and ensure your voice is heard and valued.

Pursue New Opportunities

With higher self-esteem, new opportunities and experiences are explored with less intimidation and hesitancy. This means you are willing to go after your desires with more excitement and confidence.

Increased Creativity & Self-Expression

Self-esteem is an essential element to accessing your creative potential and expressing yourself authentically.

Overall Life Satisfaction

When you have a positive self-image and believe in your self-worth, you are more likely to lead a fulfilling life, embrace your age, and make the most of your experiences.

I invite you to join me in the video where I will share additional benefits of self-esteem along with three journal prompts to help you integrate what you are learning.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Aside from all of the benefits, what’s the #1 reason you feel it’s important to build on your self-esteem? How have you developed your self-esteem after 60?

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Since my divorce last year, I have far more self-esteem than I did when I was married. We are both successful in our businesses, however, he always felt threatened and would put me down in ways that were covert. I wrote a book and he didn’t even read it. After numerous affairs, I divorced him and have never been happier about my decision even though we were together 39 years. I am doing things for myself that would have been questioned, or told it was too much money. It’s all about taking care of me now, and that is a great feeling.


While self-esteem is critical to one’s overall well-being, it’s one of those things that tends to come as a “by product”. More often than not, those actively looking for self esteem are those most doomed to never find it.


The better my self esteem equates to a better life, a life I purposefully go after that is satisfying on many levels! I had little self esteem as a younger person & that led to a more isolated life. Over the years with insights from various avenues, my self esteem started to grow. Today, although life isn’t perfect. I know that how I move forward is up to me, a huge responsibility. I purposefully have created good friends, a huge support. I also look after myself by following a healthy diet & I partake in Pilates, necessary exercise routine & have a team of health professionals which I regularly access as needed. I find purpose in my day which might be a day of rest, a day of chores or errands or a day of socializing. I am aging & I know that this is not a dress rehearsal. I find joy each & every day & I feel good about myself!

The Author

Joanie Marx is a three-time bestselling author and the creator of the new, groundbreaking Refocus & Renew Your Life® online course series on Udemy. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Psychology, and a leading authority on refocusing and renewing your life.

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