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Liking What You See in the Mirror
The person you see in the mirror is not you. When you let that image dictate how you feel about yourself you are working from a non-truth. This article will illustrate why what you see is not who you are and a few simple tips to stop letting mirrors ruin your life.
Often when you have a poor body image you avoid looking at ourselves. You may glance in the mirror quickly as you are going out the door but that is about it. Really slowing down and looking is scary since that is often when the voices in our heads start lying to us. “You have a double chin. No one looks good with a double chin.” “Look at the bags under your eyes, you look old and tired.” While it may be true that you have a double chin or baggy eyes, the second part of those statements are false. They are simply old tapes running in our minds. Throw in your mood, poor lighting and imperfections in the mirror it’s self, it’s no wonder you think bad thoughts.
Next time those thoughts crop up, acknowledge them (they have served a purpose in your past), recognize that they are not real, and find something you do like about yourself.
Hate your photos? There is a reason for that, and it has to do with the mirror too! That is why you may think “I am looking great” when you leave the house in the morning and then be disappointed when you see a photo taken of yourself later in the day. You are wearing the same clothes, have on the same makeup and have the same hairstyle, so what changed? It’s not how you look, it’s your mind again telling you reality is not real. Our faces are not symmetrical. The left side is not an exact copy of the right side. When you see your photo you are seeing the exact opposite of what you see in the mirror, it appears to be “off.” That’s why you no longer how you think you look.
There are some days when you will like what you see reflected back to you and days when you won’t. That is simply life. What is more important is not how you look but who you are. Make sure that your character is beautiful, that your heart is loving, and your thoughts focused on gratitude then no matter what you see in the mirror you will be happy.
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