How to Feel Beautiful When Living with Chronic Illness

One in three people suffer from some type of chronic health condition worldwide according to ELSEVIER.

Living with chronic disease is a challenge and a great psychological burden that affects one’s self-esteem, among other things.

So few of those affected truly feel beautiful, which only exacerbates the tragedy, because boosting self-esteem can help patients cope with the condition more effectively.

But, fear not, there are ways to help patients feel beautiful and attractive even when struggling with some chronic illness.


3 Simple Tips for Feeling Beautiful When Coping with a Chronic Health Condition

1. Make makeup your friend

Women with chronic illness don’t feel beautiful, mostly because they lack self-confidence. It’s been proven that wearing makeup boosts a woman’s confidence and self-perception, so doing this is a must for the chronically ill.

People suffering from chronic diseases can often look tired and stressed and their skin may become dull and unattractive. Therefore, a few makeup tricks that help you fake radiant beauty are essential. Seeing the impact of these tricks in the mirror will brighten mood and mind which, in turn, will help to naturally brighten the skin.

Apply highlighter strategically to give skin a healthy glow and do some careful contouring to highlight features and make them sharper. Add a tinted moisturizer or CC cream to even out skin tone and concealer to help deal with most problematic areas. A combo of blush, highlighter and a slick of bright lipstick will leave the patient looking healthier and feeling happier. (Be sure to look in the mirror and smile often to truly boost happiness.)


2. Make your hair look amazing in an instant with leave-in products

Shampoo and conditioner are essential elements of a hair care routine, but if for locks to look stunning at all times, a leave-in product is essential. When you look at the available options, you’ll see that leave-in treatments vary greatly, from restructuring sprays with minerals to shine serums to anti-frizz products. This means that everyone, with every hair type, can find their perfect option. What’s even better, is that there is always the right treatment for any situation, so you’ll be able to make locks look their best on any kind of hair day. Leave-in products not only make your locks look healthier and stronger, but can actually alter the condition of your hair with regular use.

Sadly they won’t be able to undo the unflattering effects of a bad hairstyle so it might be time to visit the salon to get a stylish haircut. When struggling with chronic illness, it’s so hard to find time to actually care for yourself and your appearance, but a change of hairstyle is good for the soul and will give you a boost of positivity so this is one self-care appointment that’s definitely worth keeping!


3. Connect with others using social media

These days everyone seems to be berating social media, however, these platforms can be a great source of comfort and help for people struggling with chronic illness. Such conditions often make patients feel isolated, so social media can provide patients a chance to keep socializing regardless of their condition.

Most importantly, the right social media groups can give patients a chance to connect with others in similar situations.

Socializing is extremely important for mental health and making friends who are understanding and supportive is a great way to feel more confident in spite of suffering with a chronic illness.

There are all kinds of support groups for people with chronic condition online, but it’s also a good idea to join groups based on hobbies and interests. If possible, real life meet ups will go a long way towards boosting self-esteem too.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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