The 7 Day Mirror Challenge


acne and the mirror

Sorry I have been absent for so long.  Reflecting is something I’ve been avoiding lately.  Emotionally, and physically as well.

When did the mirror become my enemy?  As a woman, I feel this innate need to be feminine and beautiful.  I used to admire my own reflection.  Now when I catch myself in the mirror I obsess, picking out every flaw, especially my acne.

mirror mirror on the wallI have given an inanimate object all the power.  The mirror can completely make or break my day, and more often than not lately, it has been the latter.  I am preoccupied with a physical perfection that is high by any standards, and I know that any time I see what I look like I am just going to feel disappointed and hopeless.

At this point I’ve started avoiding mirrors altogether.  I will consciously keep my head down when I am in a room with one.  Even just knowing that my reflection exists makes me anxious, whether I see it or not.

This is true on another level as well.  I have really been avoiding looking within to face all of my negative feelings.  I try to preoccupy myself during all waking hours, but my thoughts always seem to find me.

Unfortunately, I just can’t keep hiding from myself.  It’s impossible.

What I realize is that in order to truly face the mirror, I must look past my inner critic – my ego.  When I look into the mirror I am not seeing the real me.  My ego takes over and all I can perceive are my insecurities.  It’s time to take the power back because when it comes down to it, I get to choose how I feel about myself.

Take a stand with me and try The 7 Day Mirror Challenge.  For one week, I am going to look in the mirror every morning and list five things I admire about myself, physical or otherwise.  It’s one small shift that I’m betting will have a big impact!

happy without acne

I’ll let you know how the challenge goes in a week, and I hope you do the same.  Comment below and let me know 5 things you really admire about yourself! 

Affirmation: I am beautiful, inside and out.

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3 responses to “The 7 Day Mirror Challenge

  1. The Kinder Self

    Hi there, I´ve always wondered why there are no blogs about acne and I just read this post and was looking for your ¨About¨ section to see what is the focus of your blog but I´m following it as I struggle with acne for as long as I can remember. Like 16 years and still struggling. It really leaves deep emotional scarring. For some it doesn´t, but for me it does. Anyways, you have my support through your acne journey. Thank you for this blog!

    • Thanks! I’m so happy to be a light on your journey. Somehow I feel like acne is usually dismissed as a non-serious issue. People who don’t suffer just don’t understand how deep the pain goes.

      And I’m working on the About Section! I’d love to redesign my whole blog when I get some extra money to spend.

      In the meantime, here’s the short story: I have dealt with acne on and off since I was about 14. There were about 5 times in my life that the acne has been so severe that I’ve slipped into utter depression and withdrawal. After my most recent bout with acne, I finally got a diagnosis of PCOS. While I would love to treat it 100% naturally, I know through years of personal experimentation that the best way for me to treat my skin is the pseudo holistic approach – both eastern and western medicine.

      I’m striving to face my acne (pun intended) on all levels – physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have to believe that my journey with acne has a greater purpose. Just being a voice to let others know they are not alone has been a divine blessing.

      I am saving up money to go to a holistic aesthetician school so I can do my part to help women feel beautiful, inside and out. If I can save even one person from going through the pain of acne, then I will have succeeded.

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