Celebrating Christmas With Alopecia
Embracing Your Condition Throughout The Festivities
How to navigate your way through the fun-filled festive season with a diagnosis of alopecia.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For the next few weeks, it’s a slippery slope until the festivities peak on Christmas Day. But amidst present-buying, carol singing and general merriment, there are some people who aren’t necessarily in the mood to celebrate Christmas.
There’s something about the festive season that exacerbates feelings of stress and depression – and those diagnosed with alopecia may feel familiar with this experience. When you have a hair loss condition, whether that is caused by alopecia, cancer treatment or any other issues, it can be difficult to gear yourself up to enjoy the party season, particularly when there are plenty of events that require you to dress up and be somewhat on show.
A lack of confidence about your general appearance can cause you to feel anxious and want to avoid public celebrations. But there are plenty of ways to embrace your alopecia diagnosis this festive season and rejoice in the spirit of Yuletide along with everyone else!
Celebrate With Friends and Family
Having a close network of family and friends is essential when diagnosed with alopecia or any other hair loss condition. If you’re surrounded by people who love you and understand your diagnosis, then you
won’t feel uncomfortable about your appearance or be under pressure to discuss or explain anything. Instead, you can crack on with celebrating Christmas and enjoy being with the people who love you the most.
Wearing A Wig
Real hair wigs can be a game-changer for people with an alopecia diagnosis. Whether you want to feel confident walking down Oxford Street to do some Christmas shopping or feel a million dollars at your office Christmas party, wearing a discreet wig can really help to restore your confidence and make you feel like ‘you’ again.
Wigs for people with alopecia are not all created equal, so make sure you choose a supplier who offers 100% human hair rather than synthetic versions which can look quite fake. They should also be hand-knotted and blended with a mix of tones to provide that authentic look. A quality wig shouldn’t slip and will feel comfortable if it’s made with a breathable base.
If you’ve been wondering what to ask for this Christmas, why not put this at the top of your list?
Give A Little Something Back
People with a diagnosis of alopecia may well have turned to charities such as Alopecia UK for support. This charity is the largest in the UK of its kind and aims to find a cure for alopecia or to help people with the condition live an entirely comfortable life full of confidence.
Many who depend on Alopecia UK are young children or parents who require advice in managing this condition throughout childhood.
If you have the budget this Christmas, why not buy an extra present in the form of a small contribution to this important research charity? Or even better set up a regular monthly donation to facilitate ongoing support?
Plan Your New Years Resolutions
As soon as Christmas is over, January is suddenly upon us. But rather than thinking about the chilly few months ahead, why not see 2020 as a blank canvas to make some positive changes in your own life as well as helping others who are experiencing alopecia?
You might choose to organise a fundraising event such as a cake sale, or else train for a challenge such as a marathon or a skydiving event. As well as raising awareness and money for alopecia, most importantly you’ll also be setting personal goals and living a rich, fulfilling life full of adventures.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, but if you’re not feeling the festive spirit, take positive steps to make sure you enjoy the holiday season and embrace your alopecia diagnosis as we approach the turn of the year.
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