Going through breast cancer treatment can drastically alter a woman’s self-image. It’s perfectly normal to struggle with feelings of loss after losing a part of your body in a lumpectomy or mastectomy, and learning to feel at home again in your body with its new shape and new scars takes time. Be patient with yourself as you learn to love your body — it’s a body worth loving! Eat nutritious foods, exercise, and try these tips to celebrate and reconnect with your body.
Indulge Your Senses
Taking an afternoon to devote yourself to celebrating your five senses is a perfect way to reconnect with your body. Put on your favorite comfortable clothes and snuggle with a pet or loved one to embrace touch. Listen to some beautiful sounds: put on your favorite music or go outdoors to listen to nature. You can indulge your sense of smell with scented candles, flowers, or baking. Serve your taste buds some of your favorite foods or a glass of wine, and watch a beautiful sunset, a favorite movie, or look at art or photographs to appreciate your wonderful sense of sight.
Dress to Impress (Yourself)
Pay attention to what you wear. Make yourself feel confident by wearing clothes that feel good and look good. Give yourself permission to go shopping for a scarf or some jewelry that gives your outfit some pizzazz. If funds are tight, try a fun trip to a thrift store or a clothing swap with family and friends. You never know what treasures you might come across! Focus on a hairstyle or a wig that makes you feel good about yourself.
Now is the time to pull out all the stops and do all the pampering you’ve always wanted to do, but couldn’t fit it in your schedule. Grant yourself a spa day with a facial or massage, take a bubble bath by candlelight, or get a daring hairstyle with your new short hair. Treat yourself the way you’ve always wanted to be treated, because you deserve it.
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