Alopecia is a very common autoimmune disease that affects millions of people all over the world. There are different types of alopecia, each with its own set of symptoms, but most people share the experience of feeling upset about their hair loss and worried about what is to come. Positive affirmations can be a powerful tool in managing how you feel about your alopecia and improving your quality of life.
1. Alopecia Is Not My Fault
Almost all of us will blame ourselves on some level when we start losing hair. We may say things like:
- I shouldn’t have stressed myself out.
- I should have eaten better.
- I should have exercised more.
- I should have taken better care of my scalp or hair.
Alopecia is not your fault. It is a result of genetics, hormones, or other factors that are beyond your control. You are not to blame, so do not blame yourself.
2. I Have Support If I Need It
When you have alopecia, it can feel like you are alone in the world. Not many people go out and flaunt their alopecia, so it’s very uncommon to see other people with obvious alopecia.
Because of that, you may feel like you are the only person who has ever gone through this. But that is not true. There are many other people who have alopecia. And you can find support from them.
There are online communities where you can connect with other people who have alopecia. And there are in-person support groups in some cities. It may feel uncomfortable to reach out and talk about it at first, but once you do, you are going to feel so much better.
3. I Am Not My Hair
Losing your hair can be really tough, both physically and emotionally. It’s hard to feel like yourself when you’re going through this because your hair has been a big part of your identity up until his point. You wash it, you comb it, and you pay attention to it daily.
But, your hair does not define you. It is just a part of your physical appearance. There are many other things that make up who you are. And you are more than your hair.
4. I Am Healthy
Losing your hair does not mean you are sick. Alopecia is a condition that causes people to lose their hair, but it is not a disease that’s going to take your life or cause debilitating problems.
While it can be upsetting to lose your hair, it is important to remember that alopecia does not make you sick. There are many treatments available that can help you cope with hair loss and regain your confidence.
5. I’m Much More Than Alopecia
Alopecia is just a small part of who I am. Yes, it’s a part of me, but it doesn’t define me. There are many things that make me special, and my hair is just one small part of that. I have a lot of other strengths and qualities that make me unique. I’m a kind person, a good friend, and a great listener. I’m also creative, funny, and smart. I have so much to offer, and my hair loss doesn’t change that.
6. Real Beauty Is More Than Beautiful Hair
True beauty is not skin deep. It is not found in the cosmetics that a person wears, the clothes they adorn themselves with… or how thick and luscious their hair is.
Real beauty comes from within. It is the light that shines in a person’s eyes, and the warmth of their smile. It is the kindness in their heart, and the compassion they show others.
7. I Am Beautiful, Even Without Hair
Say this affirmation over and over again.
- Say it while meditating.
- Say it while falling asleep.
- Say it while eating.
Say it all the time!
You may not believe it at first. You may cry as you say it. You may want to stop saying it and fall back into more negative affirmations, but don’t… keep saying it.
The more you affirm to yourself that you are beautiful, the more you will believe it, and it’s very important for someone who is losing their hair to believe that they are beautiful, even without their hair.
Believing you are beautiful boosts your confidence and positive emotions, and it keeps you from falling into a negative spiral where you look in the mirror and can’t see past your alopecia.
8. I Am Strong And Can Handle Whatever Comes My Way
When something bad happens, it’s easy to feel like we’re not strong enough to handle it. We might tell ourselves that we’re not tough enough, smart enough, or good enough to get through whatever challenge life has thrown our way. But that’s simply not true.
We are all strong – in our own ways. We’ve each been through tough times, and we’ve come out the other side stronger for it. Being resilient goes a long way in life.
Dealing with alopecia is one of those tough times. It’s one of life’s curveballs that you didn’t expect and maybe would rather not have to deal with, but it’s there. You are strong enough to deal with anything, including alopecia.
9. My Hair May Grow Back
Alopecia is a very unpredictable condition. A dermatologist cannot even tell you if your hair is going to grow back or not.
Here’s the truth about living with alopecia. You are going to tell yourself one of two things.
- It will NEVER grow back
- It may grow back.
Which affirmation do you think is going to help you feel hopeful?
Which affirmation do you think is going to help you let go of a lot of fear and worry about what’s going to happen?
Use the affirmation that feels best to you so that you can deal with your alopecia more effectively and put your focus on other areas of your life.