For many people, being comfortable with their bodies is something that comes naturally. For others, however, it is one of those things that requires a little more work. We all have those days where we feel invincible and as though we can handle anything life throws at us, but equally, many of us also have days where we just want to hibernate and never have to leave the house. If you have some kind of visible condition, such as a skin condition or a facial disfigurement, the latter statement may in be especially applicable. Here’s some tips for staying positive when you have a visible condition.
Living with a visible condition can really knock your confidence and in some cases, might lead to you passing up certain opportunities which you otherwise would have taken. But it is important to remember that you are not your condition and that you should be able to go about your life just as you would if you didn’t have it.
Ease the pain
Some people’s skin conditions/disfigurements are just aesthetic and do not cause them any physical hassle. Others, however, can put some of us in quite a lot of physical pain. This can often make things even worse as it means we are constantly thinking about our condition and we may be afraid to go out in case we don’t have access to pain relief. Visit your doctor and talk to them about practical ways to ease any pain you have related to your condition. You could also look into some types of alternative medicine practices such as yoga, which has been said to help relieve both physical and mental tension.
Stop comparing yourself to others
This is absolutely integral to your journey along the body confidence path. Sure, not everyone else will have a condition like your’s, and you may wish that you had been born without it – ‘normal,’ if you wish. But take a second to think about what ‘normal’ actually means. Everyone has their own little quirks, and the person next to you could be fighting their own battle that you have no idea about. Plus, remember that you are not defined by your condition and that you also have many desirable qualities that other people would love to have. If you’re in need of a little pick-me-up, take a look at this psoriasis blog which features some inspirational people not letting their condition take over their lives. Focus on your strong points and learn to accept your condition as part of you – it’s what helps make you unique!
Do what you love
Sometimes, living a confident life even with a physical condition is simply a case of mind over matter. Lay your cards on the table and consider what it is that’s really holding you back. Got a sporting event you’re desperate to compete in, but spending all your time worrying about your condition? Remember that it’s your sporting ability that’s going to be judged on the day, not your condition. Put your energy into your training and damn the rest – once you know you’re good enough, everyone else will be able to see that too.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.