Breast cancer has a way of taking its toll on a woman. From the serious side effects that come with treatment to the changes it leaves on your body, cancer survivors are often left with a much different view of themselves. Yet, confidence is a key part of life, and it’s important to work toward a healthy and positive self-image. Take care of yourself both during and after treatment with these three ways to boost your confidence after breast cancer.
Set and Pursue Challenges
Setting and achieving goals is one of the best ways to boost your confidence after breast cancer. Make a list of goals and challenges for yourself—these can be anything you want. Maybe there’s a hobby you want to get back into, or a new experience you’ve always wanted to try. Even small goals like going to the park once a week or reading a certain number of books in a month are worth writing down and trying to achieve. Once you achieve your goals, don’t forget to celebrate. Every single success—no matter how small—is a victory.
Rediscover Your Style
Have you ever seen a look or outfit that you wanted to try, but didn’t put it on? As women, we often shy away from new fashion choices because we’re nervous, uncertain, or it just doesn’t fit our style. It takes guts to try something new, but there’s no time like the present. There are plenty of fresh and exciting styles to try, no matter how treatment has affected your body. Wigs, scarves, and hats offer plenty of new hairstyles to try. If you get a mastectomy or if you opt for reconstructive surgery, compression bras can help you heal comfortably, allowing you to get back to your life and enjoy your body.
Drop the Comparisons
It’s easy to compare yourself to others, no matter who you are or what you’ve been through. When you look at other people and what they’ve accomplished, it’s easy to forget your own strengths and achievements. Once you go through breast cancer treatment, you might also start making comparisons between you and your old self. Try not to trap yourself in this cycle of thinking. Instead of focusing on how great you used to be, think about how you’ve grown since then—and how much you still have to look forward to.