What does “confidence” mean to you?

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In 2018 we sponsored i-on Magazine to interview 4 inspirational women to share their thoughts on confidence - Dr Victoria looks back at their stories. 1

If you were asked what “confidence” means to you, what would you say? By definition, to be confident is to have self-belief in oneself and one’s power and abilities. But where does this feeling come from?

We had the pleasure of working with i-on Magazine to explore the notion of confidence with 4 inspirational women: Carol Smillie, Amanda Hamilton, Ebony Dee Cheyne and Zara Janjua.

Confident from outside in

Have you ever had a haircut, or your make up professionally done, then walked out feeling like a million pounds? As much as longer term feelings of confidence may derive from self-belief, there’s no denying that looking and feeling good has a positive impact on your mood.
Carol Smillie article in ionmagazine

In September, our first sponsored feature in i-on magazine featured one of TVs most popular presenters, Carol Smillie. I-on asked Carol what confidence meant to her… 

“For me, confidence is all about feeling great within yourself. But what you wear and how you look on the outside is also a huge contributing factor to how you feel inside” - Carol Smillie 

It’s natural to have insecurities, but if we have the power to take control of these insecurities in some way, perhaps this will give ourselves the boost we need to carry on more confidently.

Non-invasive treatments to tackle anything that’s been bugging you - whether it be rosacea, thread veins or pigmentation, can help to elevate your confidence significantly! Feeling positive about one's appearance is one of many important factors contributing to a person's overall confidence.

Gut instinct

What about when it comes to what we’re putting in our bodies – how we’re fueling ourselves? It’s so important to have confidence in day to day life when it comes to taking care of our nutrition.
Amanda hamilton article in ionmagazine
Nurturing ourselves on the inside is just as important (if not more!) than the outside. Eating correctly and healthily will allow your body to function at it's best.

October’s issue of i-on had the pleasure of Scotland’s own celebrity nutritionist, Amanda Hamilton. Amanda and I have a similar ethos, in that we both believe in results. I believe that skin problems can’t be solved with skincare alone, you need to have a good nutrition plan.
 
“If you’re confident, you’re able to ask for what you want, or what you feel your body needs...I take care of my skin and hair properly now and I’ve had the broken veins on my legs treated. I really value expert input and owner Victoria Dobbie is now my go-to skin mentor” - Amanda Hamilton

If you’re ever unsure of what you need, take the time to learn from an educated expert. I promise you won’t regret gaining knowledge in what is best for you.

Take a leaf from nature

In this ever increasingly fast paced world, it’s not uncommon to find ourselves feeling overwhelmed. This can have an impact on our wellbeing and even our physical health, and in turn our confidence.
Ebony article in ion magazine
November’s issue of i-on featured the captivating and inspiring Ebony Dee Cheyne. As a woman who has had a creative and challenging career in Hollywood and has now created a successful business, Ebony is an entrepreneurial individual who understands the importance of knowing who you are and listening to what your body needs.

“Confidence is not about being perfect, you are just you. We can use what nature and modern science has to offer to age gracefully” - Ebony Dee Cheyne

It’s not about putting up a front and dealing with stress alone. We don’t need to push ourselves endlessly through tasks at the expense of our wellbeing. Pressure from society and unobtainable expectations created through the media can make a woman’s life feel more stressful. A little help from old and modern science can help give us a boost, so when choosing solutions make sure you examine the science behind them.

Look after you

Have you heard of an inspirational person who has achieved incredible things without struggle?

December’s issue of i-on featured journalist, producer, comedian and TV presenter Zara Janjua. Her refreshingly honest feature outlines how she handles feelings of low self-esteem and confidence.
 
Zara Janjua article in ion magazineYou can feel like you’re at the top of your game, but when that self-doubt creeps in it can be difficult to shake. Learning how to handle these temporary lapses of confidence can help to relieve so much pressure. Remembering to look at the bigger picture is where empowerment lies.
 
We need to be kind to ourselves and learn what will help us feel better in moments we forget that we are in control. Whether it be going for a run (like Zara!) or spending time with people you love. But most of all, take care of you!

“Understanding that you can shape your life is the most empowering feeling... For me, the better I feel, the better I look. Being kind to yourself is so important. You have to be your own best friend in life” - Zara Janjua
 
I myself now run to and from work every day. I find the exercise energising and stress relieving, but most of all I am constantly seeing Edinburgh in new ways through the people I meet and the visitors I see.

You're in control

If you'd like to discuss anything that has been bothering you, or you simply would like to treat yourself, book a consultation with one of our highly skilled experts. We're here to make sure you can always feel like the most confident version of yourself.

Victoria x 

 

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