Welcome to Behind the Confidence, a video series about the real, unfiltered journey to self-belief. We talked to four health and wellness pros who prove true confidence doesn’t stem from a “like,” nor does it magically happen overnight. It’s about finding what makes you feel good physically, mentally, and emotionally.
When lifestyle blogger Chinae Alexander embarked on a journey to get healthier, she thought she had to slim down to build up her confidence. But after losing 70 pounds, Alexander felt more critical of herself than ever. “My worth became based on what other people thought of me,” she says. Rather than drown in self-doubt, Alexander set out to regain her sense of self and take control of her confidence.
Lena Dunham has been an outspoken critic of President Trump from the get-go, and she recently revealed in an interview with Howard Stern that Trump’s win even caused her to lose weight.
“Donald Trump became president, and I stopped being able to eat food,” she told Stern. “Everyone’s been asking like, ‘What have you been doing?’ And I’m like, ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.’”
Dunham’s definitely not alone. Stress can disrupt your eating habits in all sorts of ways—leading to everything from binges to a total loss of appetite.
Given the current state of affairs, it’s easy to get caught up with worry, but in times like these, it’s more important than ever to practice self-care. Go for a walk, treat yourself to something, and please, for your own good, take a break from social media.