Major surgeries such as mastectomy, facial surgery and hysterectomy can harm women’s confidence and self-esteem. A lot of willpower and determination is required to go through with the operation, and the recovery process can be long and difficult.
If you are one of these brave women about to go for such significant surgeries or have just completed one, here are some ways for you to restore a positive body image of yourself.
Voice What You Like About Yourself
When you find yourself hyper-focusing on everything that you do not like about yourself, imagine what you would say to your closest friend when they are feeling the same way.
Give the same kindness to yourself as you would to your closest friends and family members. After all, you are a strong survivor! Try identifying what you like about your body at this time, and remember that these feelings will pass.
You can even put little positive notes on the mirror and smile at yourself when you walk past it. Having a positive mindset can often make you feel better about yourself immediately, so get creative with the notes.
Sharing with Similar People
Many other ladies all around the world have gone through what you have. These people know exactly how you feel, and they will no doubt be more than willing to be supportive as you recover.
Go online to find forums and support groups for people who have gone through a similar experience, and start sharing your experiences there.
Most of the time, these individuals would also have talked about how they managed to get over their sense of insecurity, which can be very inspiring too.
Look Good, Feel Good
Most of us feel a burst of confidence when we wear something that flatters our body shape. If you have saved up some money for a pleasant shopping spree, why not splash out on some new French lingerie?
There are many types of lingerie to choose from, and you can always experiment with something new. Even if you are not keen on trying new lingerie options, you can still get yourself something comfortable to wear, such as a satin nightgown.
It is your choice whether you are to walk away from the lingerie store with something fancy or something comfy.
You have gone through quite an ordeal, and now is the time to pamper yourself.
This is the time for you to go for massages, spa sessions and more. Self-care here can also refer to catering to your basic needs, such as proper eating and sleeping habits.
These self-care sessions can help you to relax, ultimately bringing your mind’s focus away from the negative perception that you have formed on your body.
Consider taking extra time off work to focus on healing truly.
Spend this time guilt-free, and once you have rested and recovered enough, you will be ready to reconnect with the world around you.
It is too easy to be wrapped up in everything that looks and feels wrong about your body. It would help if you forced yourself to find something to be grateful for to get through your mental block.
There is always something to be grateful for even though you may feel that you have lost something. It could be the comforting fact that your last surgery stopped your cancer from getting worse, or maybe you are finally getting rid of the pain and bleeding you have had from your endometriosis.
When you are genuinely grateful for events in your life, you will find that you are much more capable of taking care of yourself, hence improving your recovery rate as well.
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