We learn that looking at yourself in admiration or appreciation is considered ‘vain’ or ‘conceited.’ So, the only time we truly look at ourselves in the mirror is often when we are putting on makeup, fixing our hair or getting ready for the day. These negative associations when looking at ourselves can cause us to be hyper-critical and feel immense shame. But what if we started using the mirror as a tool to intentionally view our face and bodies as worthy, strong and valuable?
‘Mirror Work’ can be a powerful practice to honour ourselves, as we practice communicating positive affirmations to improve self-esteem and self-love. The mirror reflects the feelings that you have about yourself, which helps you to strengthen a unique awareness of the words that you say to yourself. The first time you face a mirror and admire or initiate a conversation with yourself could be a foreign concept. But, this could become a powerful healthy habit that helps you to identify your self-talk and improve your relationship with yourself. A lot of the time, we don’t even realize the negative self-talk that we engage with in our minds. But these messages impact our subconscious, which influences our thoughts, behaviours and how we interact with others and ourselves. This understanding helps you to mindfully observe our self-talk, as we ultimately learn how to take care of ourselves on a self-compassionate and deeper level.
The more you use mirrors for complimenting, approving and supporting yourself during difficult times, the deeper and more enjoyable your relationship with yourself will become. This positively transforms how you view yourself and anytime you think about yourself, this type of positive self-talk will be engrained in your mind, as you navigate through your everyday.
Our Comfort body butter comes with a guided ‘Mirror Work’ exercise to help you integrate this practice into your life in a familiar and seamless way.