I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore. Some of my closest friends are cold sore sufferers and I know the toll they take on their confidence. That’s why they turn to Abreva® cream at the very first sign of their cold sore to heal it fast! The median healing time is 4.1 days, but you could heal it in as few as 2.5 days when used at the first sign. Read below to discover other simple ways you can keep your confidence high.
Do you remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer said, “Look away, I’m hideous!”?
While I have never experienced a cold sore, I know that the appearance of one on my lip combined with the associated discomfort would make me feel as hideous as Kramer did.
In fact, when I experience a larger-than-life pimple on my face, I want the world to look away as well — so too, when I am experiencing a bad hair day, a PMS-driven I-look-like-a-sausage-stuffed-in-my-clothes day, and especially when I experienced a food allergy rash reaction all over my body, which lasted almost three weeks.
One of my best friends, Heather, has been has been a cold-sore sufferer since we were kids.
In fact, she just had two cold sores as recently as last week.
She always says that it is key to learn the symptoms of an oncoming cold sore because that’s the time to apply the medication (she actually uses Abreva® cream!), and nip it in the bud in order to shorten duration of the awful experience.
I can’t relate to the discomfort (except for when I get those mean pimples on my lip line because oh how comfortable that is!) but I know how it feels to have an interruption in your self-esteem due to an unsightly, unpleasant, and unwelcome intruder on the face.
Isn’t it amazing how a measly bump can feel as though it encompasses our entire being?
The truth is, cold sores happen. Pimples happen. Bad hair days happen, and days when we feel less than our best happens — to everyone.
Aside from treating the cold sores at the very first symptom with Abreva® cream, it’s important to develop a confident mindset to gracefully handle the situation and avoid dampening your spirit, especially right now with the holidays upon us!
Here are a few confidence-boosting suggestions which work for me:
It isn’t as bad as you think.
What seems all consuming and awful to us about our appearance is hardly noticeable to others unless we point it out first.
We are much more critical of ourselves and notice in greater detail each imperfection, but guess what?
NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE WHAT WE SEE.
I have learned to repeat this idea to myself over and over and if that doesn’t work, I just stop looking in the mirror so that I cannot dwell on what is bothering me.
And what about those bloated days where my pants feel like a sausage-casings around my legs? I have learned to tell myself that I am insane, I don’t actually look the way I currently feel and then I yell,
“You are beautiful, just leave the house already!”
And on that note, you cannot hide from the world.
You may feel like dressing in disguise (as Heather and I did in the above photo) or hiding under the covers for a week until your cold sore heals and you feel more positive but that’s not reality.
Get dressed, put on your favorite outfit, do your makeup, blow out your hair.
It’s more important to dress the way YOU WANT to feel rather than dressing the way you are currently feeling. There is something about getting dolled up even when you least feel like it that will provide you with a mood booster.
Of course, I say exercise. Exercise makes you feel good.
Keeping up with your fitness routine and having an outlet for the negative energy is a great way to turn your mood around while staying in shape. Endorphins are a powerful thing!
Not to mention, the very last thing you need is to lose your fitness/fall off of the healthy lifestyle wagon all because of some cold sore. That certainly won’t help your self-esteem now, will it?
You could knock out your cold sore in 2.5 days*. Only Abreva® cream can do it, when you treat at the first sign**. Try Abreva® cream during your next cold sore! Click here to learn more about Abreva® cream
*Median healing time 4.1 days. 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.
**Among Over-the-counter products
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