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.
I 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!
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.