Self-es·teem /ˈˌself əˈstēm/ noun: confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.
Let’s be honest, self-esteem can be tricky – some days you have it, and some days you just don’t. For those living with keratoconus, the condition can add another layer of complexity when it comes to feeling like your best self that others don’t necessarily experience or understand. February is Boost Your Self-Esteem Month, and to celebrate, we are highlighting ways you can look and feel good. Keep reading for tips on how to boost your self-esteem.
Highlight Your Uniqueness
Everyone is special in their own way, and finding ways to showcase these unique qualities can help you feel confident in your own skin. Often, it is easy to compare yourself to others but doing so can lead to feelings of uneasiness and confusion. Instead, you should focus on your own self-worth and what makes you happy and confident!
Whether it’s trying out a funky pair of glasses or sunglasses for a new look or opting for a safe pair of costume contacts, go for it! Or maybe, you have a passion for make-up or have always wanted to try new beauty trends. Testing out new looks, or sticking with what you know and love, can help you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.
On the same note, your unique personality can have everything to do with your keratoconus journey. Everyone’s journey with the condition is different. While it’s important to learn from others’ experiences, don’t feel pressured to follow someone else’s path. It’s important to stay true to yourself, and to show self-respect by not comparing yourself to others, whether they are living with the condition or not.
Do Something That Scares You
Often, those living with a chronic illness have low self-esteem as a result of not feeling in control. To that end, do something that might scare you – take control of your condition! With recent advancements in keratoconus treatments, a keratoconus diagnosis is not as discouraging as it once was. As we enter a new decade in 2020, there are more FDA-approved treatments for the condition than ever before, and as a result, more insurance carriers are covering these treatments, such as FDA approved corneal cross-linking. Now is the time to take control. Others are out there ready to help – your family and friends, eye care professional, or even your insurance company.
Do not be intimidated by your diagnosis. Instead, research the condition and gather all the information out there. Then, speak with your health care professional to determine a treatment path that is right for you. Doing so will not only change your outlook on life, but be an effective way to have confidence in your journey and increase your self-esteem. Properly managing keratoconus allows you to continue doing what you love, whether that is working, staying active, or playing a sport at the highest level. Or, maybe it’s as simple as enjoying time with your family and friends without having to worry about keratoconus holding you back.
Find Your Tribe
Surround yourself with people who share the same passions, experiences, and goals as you. By having a supportive community of people who understand and are willing to listen to you can be a key way to boost your self-esteem. While it can seem overwhelming, there are many options when it comes to finding your tribe, including support groups, or identifying those in your area that enjoy the same hobbies or activities as you.
If you’re living with keratoconus, others may be facing some of the same challenges as you. Joining a community, including keratoconus networks, advocacy, and support groups, can allow you to connect with others who are going through similar experiences and find motivation among each other. Whether it’s in person or online, finding a community you can surround yourself with will provide support and lift your spirits.
Own Your #KCConfidence
Focusing on the positive aspects of what makes you who you are is a great way to boost your confidence and self-esteem. Don’t be nervous to list keratoconus as one of these factors. This condition shouldn’t hold you back, but instead, empower you to recognize your individuality. Make sure that you are living every day with confidence – whether that means finding your community, doing something that scares you, or finding new ways to express yourself – and boost yourconfidence this month and every month.
For more resources on feeling confident and living your best life with keratoconus, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, be sure to share how you are being confident using our hashtag #KCConfidence.