I wake up quickly. I’m not a morning person in the slightest, but once I’m awake, I’m awake. So I get out of bed and I do my morning routine things and I begin my day.
And in these moments, usually, it is determined what sort of day I am going to have.
In the bathroom, there is a full-length mirror.
My day starts with me, confronting myself in that mirror.
Confronting is too strong a word, really. It implies that a battle of some sort is going on. And really, it is nothing so contentious, though it was in the beginning. Now it’s not even a particularly long and drawn-out study most mornings. Just a glance, a quick to to remind me that this is my body and it is awesome.
Do you own a full-length mirror?
It’s hard to look into it at first, when you still aren’t down with your own body. But familiarity, in this case, does NOT breed contempt. Not when you are looking with a kind eye, with an eye toward getting to know yourself. Don’t stand there and analyze what you perceive as your flaws. Don’t tear yourself apart because your boobs sag or your thighs are dimply or for any reason. Take a quick look, find something you like, and move on.
And hold on to that thing that you like, that mental image, as the day progresses. Remind yourself, if you start to feel that old body-hate creeping up on you, that you love whatever feature popped out at you in the morning.
And do it again the next day. And the next day. And the next day. Challenge yourself to find something different that you love about your body, if you’ve been picking the same feature for several days in a row.
It’ll become a habit. And it’ll slowly start to change the way you think about your body. And the mirror will be your friend and not your enemy. And your BODY will be your friend and not your enemy.
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