Do you love WHO you see in the mirror?
Do You like LOVE what WHO you see in the mirror?
When you look in the mirror, do you see yourself- your true self? Or do you mostly notice how many ways you do not fit the “ideal” imposed by media? Remember, you are more than your image; you are more than your body. We receive so many messages about what we should look like and how to fix parts of our bodies to resemble one celebrity or another. Sometimes, we can forget that we are all unique and our beauty is reflected in our uniqueness.
Some people view themselves as a potato doll that has interchangeable parts. I call it “the potato head” mentality. Media sends messages “if you do not like your lips, get better ones” to make ourselves fit the unreal and unnecessary ideals. But you are not a sum of interchangeable parts; you are much more than that! You are not a “what”- you are a unique person.
When you look in the mirror, you can notice amazing or devastating things. It is up to you and what you choose to concentrate on. Through being constantly bombarded by a stream of media clichés, remind yourselves from time to time of the wonderful multitude of things that make up who you are. Try mirror exercises, powerful tools that can be used any time of the day. When you have a moment alone, look into a mirror and remind yourself of your strengths and successes. Say as many wonderful words as you can think of about who you are. Do it in the morning to start you day. You can also add in a mantra or an affirmation. One statement I find particularly effective is “I am enough.” It is simple, easy to remember, and encompasses every rebuttal to any negative body messages. You don’t need to fit other people’s standards of beauty. Why? Because you are enough. Go ahead and try it. It may seem silly at first, or maybe it’s difficult to say positive things to yourself. It will get easier. You are a “who”; a wonderful, powerful “who”. Believe in yourself. I believe in you.
Be happy and healthy!
If you are interested, here are some additional resources on body image and positive self-talk: