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The Power of Self-Kindness at the Mirror

By: Alison Ross, LMFT, CEDS

When you go to the mirror which voices from the past come with you? The voices of those who criticized, pressured, and or put you down? Or the voices of those who supported and respected you?

And what would happen if you brought your own supportive voice to the mirror more often?

For many of us, it would boost our confidence and improve our body image.

Here are three ways you can boost your confidence by practicing self-kindness at the mirror:

  1. Focus on Your Strengths: Instead of focusing on flaws, zero in on your strengths. Look into the mirror and kindly acknowledge the things you like about yourself, be it your smile, your eyes, or your hair. Reinforcing your positive attributes will help bolster your confidence and self-esteem.

  2. Affirm Your Worth: Practice the art of self-affirmation. Speak encouraging and positive phrases to yourself such as, "I am enough just as I am," or "I am strong and capable." Affirmations can establish a more positive self-perception and nourish your confidence.

  3. Express Gratitude: Look into the mirror and express gratitude to your body for all it does. Thank your legs for carrying you, your hands for their utility, and your eyes for seeing the beauty in the world. Appreciating your body's functionality can shift your perspective from criticism to respect and appreciation, fostering a positive self-image.

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