confidence starts on the inside
a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.
When I was a kid, I had all the confidence in the world. I was completely myself, and I didn’t care what anyone thought. But as I got older, the world got louder, and I started to question everything I had been so sure about. I started to question myself.
Growing up without a lot of confidence is hard. Have you ever noticed how quickly we believe the negative things people say about us, but when we receive a compliment we often hesitate to accept it?
Why is that?
The truth is, confidence doesn’t come from the outside. It doesn’t come from someone else’s opinion, and you can’t buy it from a store. Confidence comes from within.
The dictionary defines confidence as “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities.”
one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
What do you like about yourself? What do you LOVE about yourself? These are the questions we should be asking ourselves daily.
After I had Milo, my confidence was at an all-time low. I felt like a prisoner in my own body, I was tired and confused, and I hated what I saw in the mirror. I had been fed the idea by strangers that I would “bounce right back” - these people meant well. They meant for me not to worry. But the only thing those comments gave me was more self-consciousness, doubt and confusion when the weight didn’t immediately melt right off. And let’s get one thing straight - growing a human is a big f*cking deal. For nearly 10 months, my body was home to a second person. A SECOND PERSON. Honestly, I am more amazed with myself every day that I see my son and know that I created him. But it took me a while to get here.
In my first few months postpartum, I really was a stranger to myself. None of my clothes fit, I was hooked up to a double breast pump all day (I referred to myself as a human cow), and I was running on about 20 minutes sleep at any given time. To call it an awkward period would be a major understatement. The only thing I felt like I had some control over was my hair and makeup.
Enter: postpartum hair loss - week 8.
I no longer had control over my beautiful hair. It started coming out in handfuls in the shower, and I was terrified. No one told me that would happen! So ladies - if you’re pregnant, please know that this is a thing, and it might (probably will) happen to you. And I’m sorry. 😩😩
So my confidence took a hit, again. I felt like my outward appearance was a complete misrepresentation of how I felt inside. My anxiety skyrocketed, and I felt lost. I knew I had some work to do on the inside, but it was also really important for me to regain a bit of my physical sense of self.
Viviscal helped, and is still helping me do that.
Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements are a twice daily supplement formulated to help give you thicker & fuller looking hair, from the inside out. I began using them together with the Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo, Conditioner & Elixir, and the range really gave my hair a softer and fuller appearance. And the hair I had lost began to come in thicker than ever before - as you can see below! 👇🏻
I also used Toppik Hair Building Fibres to fill in my patchy spots when I would wear my hair in a ponytail. They come in a bunch of colours to match your hair, and you can easily spray them on to fill in your hairline. An instant confidence boost! ☺️
What I love about Viviscal & Toppik is that their mission is simple. They’ve created products to help men and women alike regain some of that lost confidence when we need it most. Our outward appearance is often a reflection of how we feel on the inside, and for me, healthy hair is something that makes me feel good. Whether it be postpartum hair loss, health or stress related hair loss, or if you’re just looking to improve the quality of your hair, you have to give Viviscal a try! Find it at Shoppers Drug Mart, or online here!
My confidence continues to be a work in progress, but every day I’m pushing myself to grow, to love myself, and to set that example for my son. Hit my IG for some more thoughts on confidence and growth!
This post was created in partnership with Viviscal & Toppik. All views & opinions are my own.