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Rediscovering Self-Love as a Woman Over 60

By Joan Senio May 07, 2024 Mindset

Self-love is a concept that is often associated with youth and personal growth journeys. However, self-love can begin at any stage in life, including in our later years. In fact, rediscovering self-love (or cultivating it for the first time) after 60 can be a powerful, inspiring experience.

Entering your 60s marks a special milestone in life – a time of reflection, wisdom, and self-discovery.

Today, we explore the power of self-love and provide practical tips on how to cultivate a deep sense of self-acceptance, fulfillment, and empowerment in this beautiful phase of life.

How to Rediscover Self-Love Later in Life

In your 60s, it’s essential to embrace your uniqueness and celebrate the journey and experience that has brought you to this moment.

Take the time to reflect on your life choices, the challenges you’ve faced and overcome, the experiences that have shaped you, the lessons you’ve learned, and the wisdom you’ve gained along the way.

Understand that every decision and experience has shaped you into the person you are today.

Embracing your journey, including the highs and lows, allows you to make peace with your past and forge a path towards self-love.

Recognize and appreciate the qualities that make you who you are – a resilient, vibrant, and inspiring person.

Embrace your individuality with pride and conviction, allowing self-love to flourish. As you work towards rekindling or cultivating self-love for the first time, read on to learn more about other strategies that can support your efforts.

Prioritize Self-Care and Well-Being to Nourish Self-Love

Self-care is a vital component of self-love. In your 60s, it’s key to make a conscious effort to prioritize your physical, emotional, and mental health and to incorporate self-care practices into your daily routine.

Find activities that bring you joy, whether it’s reading a book, practicing yoga or tai chi, nourishing your body with nutritious meals, pursuing a creative hobby, going for a walk outdoors, getting the rest and relaxation you need, or spending quality time with loved ones.

By dedicating time and attention to yourself, you send a powerful message of self-worth and love. By prioritizing self-care, you are showing yourself love, compassion, and respect.

Cultivate Positive Relationships to Boost Self-Love

Nurturing positive relationships is key to rediscovering self-love in your 60s. Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you, fostering a sense of belonging and connection. Strengthen existing relationships and seek out new ones through shared hobbies, community groups, or volunteering.

By nurturing a network of positive relationships, you create a supportive environment that reinforces your self-worth and contributes to your overall sense of happiness and fulfillment.

Seek Out New Passions and Adventures

Your 60s can be an excellent time to explore new passions and embark on exciting adventures. Rediscover activities that bring you joy and ignite your curiosity.

Whether it’s learning a new language, exploring different cuisines, traveling to new destinations, or picking up a creative hobby like painting or writing, new experiences broaden your horizons and deepen your connection with yourself.

Novelty and adventure help us cultivate self-love by allowing us to embrace personal growth and the endless possibilities that lie ahead.

Practice Self-Reflection and Gratitude to Enrich Self-Love

Self-reflection and gratitude are powerful practices to cultivate self-love in your 60s. Take time each day to reflect on your life, acknowledge your achievements, and appreciate the blessings that surround you.

Keep a gratitude journal to document moments of joy, growth, and gratitude. This practice helps shift your mindset towards positivity, enhances self-compassion, and reinforces your worth and value.

When we cultivate self-reflection and gratitude, we create a fertile environment for self-love to thrive.

Let Go of Self-Criticism

Self-criticism can be a common obstacle on the path to self-love. It’s essential to let go of the negativity and self-judgment that may have plagued you in the past. Be kind to yourself and challenge the inner critic that puts you down.

Replace negative self-talk with affirmations and remind yourself of your worth and value.

Self-Love Includes Forgiveness

Forgiveness, both toward yourself and others, plays a significant role in self-love. Release any grudges or resentment that you may be holding onto.

Forgiving yourself for past mistakes and accepting that you are human and capable of growth is a powerful act. Allow yourself to heal and move forward with compassion and understanding.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

Surrounding yourself with positive influences that inspire and uplift you is essential. Seek out those who support and encourage you on your journey. Spend time with people who see your worth and value and celebrate your growth.

Distance yourself from toxic relationships or situations that diminish your self-esteem. Choose to surround yourself with those who foster an environment of love and acceptance.

Take Risks and Enjoy New Experiences

Rediscovering self-love later in life often involves stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing new experiences. Challenge yourself to try new hobbies, explore new interests, and take risks that align with your passions and desires.

By stepping into the unknown and embracing the excitement of new experiences, you open yourself up to self-discovery and the possibility of falling in love with yourself all over again.

Rediscovering Self-Love Later in Life

Rediscovering self-love in your 60s is a process filled with self-discovery and that ultimately allows us to become more empowered.

It’s never too late to adopt a self-loving attitude and prioritize your well-being. Embrace your uniqueness. Prioritize self-care. Nurturing positive relationships. Explore new passions!

Adopt these strategies and watch as you begin to cultivate a deeper sense of fulfillment and happiness in this beautiful chapter of life.

Let self-love illuminate your path towards a vibrant and fulfilling future.

Let’s Start a Conversation:

What activities do you find help you to relax and rejuvenate? Are there new hobbies or interests that you have adopted later in life? What does self-love look like in your life? How do you demonstrate an ongoing commitment to your own health and well-being? Do you have advice for women who are seeking to cultivate self-love for the first time later in life? Share your success stories, too, so we can all support and celebrate your accomplishments and happiness! Thank you as always for reading.

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Hi good article about self love


Excellent article thank you. Self love is so important. As for new experiences, at 70 I’ve just joined a belly dancing class! x

Last edited 10 days ago by Jeanieh

I needed to “hear” this. Thank you for this article.

Eileen Johnson

I’m finally learning to get away from the negative things. Filling my time with hobbies, interests and volunteering. Working on finding people with the same mindset. It’s a little lonely out there!

Josephine Dickson

I am thinking of you and wish you happy times.

Esther White

Good Morning Eileen, I agree with you that it’s lonely out there and might I add, a little bit scary. Have a great day Eileen


Good blog. Great thoughts. Never to late to embrace self love!

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The Author

Joan Senio is the founder of KindCompassCoach. She is an entrepreneur, author and consultant. Joan is passionate about the study of positive psychology and is an active personal development mentor and coach to women of all ages. Joan can be contacted at

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