Life with Alopecia

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I’m not going to lie, living with Alopecia can be down-right difficult.

It’s so frustrating to wake up and have to deal with eyebrows and hair pieces and all the annoyances that come along with it. But, the truth is, I’m used to it.

I started losing my hair when I was 16 years old, and I’m 23 now.

I think what helps me the most is finding ways I can feel confident and beautiful, whether that be through makeup, fashion, or even joking about my condition.

Confidence: Highly desired, yet often elusive. We dedicate so much of our time, energy and money trying to gain the maximum amount of confidence for when we need it the most; amongst our peers, our family, our co-workers. I read an article recently on how to not only feel, but look, confident – and get this – they are scientifically proven (woaahhh!)

  1. Stand Tall

Tall, correct posture is the hallmark outer sign of confidence — and research shows standing up straight will help you feel it on the inside, too. A study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that a tall, expansive posture helps you act and feel more powerful than more drawn-in stances.

2. Recall a time you were powerful.

Making everyone laugh in your best man speech, nailing that job interview, publishing a well-written piece — whatever it is, those small moments of confidence can make an impact when you’re not feeling your best. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, channeling a moment when you were genuinely captivating can make you feel (and as a result, act) more confidently. Reviewing your credentials and accomplishments by looking at your resume also may do the trick, TIME reported.

3. Indulge in your morning ritual

Those first few seconds when you put yourself together in the morning aren’t just crucial for starting your day — they can bring a surge of self-confidence, too. And while the whole concept may seem more vain than valuable, there’s still something to be said for that grooming ritual if you turn it into a mindfulness opportunity (find the simple way to do it here). More confidence and calming thought awareness? We’ll take it.

I hope these tips help put a little bit of pep in your step! Let me know which one is your favorite.

Devon XO

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