It can be hard to feel attractive when going through cancer. From our day-to-day routine, to how we think and feel and, sometimes, how we look, cancer can change everything.
Maintaining your sense of self and identity if you’re impacted by cancer can be a difficult task. We asked our community members to share their tips for feeling attractive when going through cancer and this is what they had to say:
- Get dressed up. Have an outfit that makes you feel good? Put it on. Doesn’t matter if you’re not planning on leaving the house or just popping to the shops. It’s about how it makes you feel.
- Skincare. Cancer treatment can impact your skin which can leave us feeling rubbish. Try to view a skincare routine, during or after cancer treatment, as time for yourself. Something that makes your skin feel good, but also makes you feel good too.
- Prioritise self-care. It can be easy to get caught up in feeling like a patient and nothing else. Allow yourself some ‘you’ time on a regular basis to indulge in the things that make you feel good. It might be a cup of coffee and reading a book, getting outside for a walk or taking an extra long shower. Whatever it is, feeling attractive is all about how you feel on the inside, so give yourself the space to do the things that make you feel beautiful.
- Play around with make-up. There are no rules for make-up. Don’t be afraid to experiment, if you want to. With that being said, it’s also absolutely ok if you want to embrace wearing no make-up at all. Ultimately it’s about what makes you feel good – no one else – or any societal standards or expectations for that matter – get to tell you what that is.
- Talk to friends and family. You are so loved. No really, you are. If you’re having a day where you’re feeling low about yourself, lean into the people who love you and let them lift you up. The people in your life want to be there to support you and make you feel good.
- Share your worries with others who can relate. Sometimes, you just need to talk to someone who gets how you feel – someone who has also lost their hair or gained weight or lost weight or feel nauseous or however else cancer may have impacted you. When those moments strike, our community is always here to listen.