Let’s Get to (Mirror) Work

No, it’s not what you think. This is not an article about the benefits of the new and trendy Mirror workout equipment. Instead, we’re going to focus on “mirror work,” which is touted by many psychologists as one of the most effective ways to improve your relationship with yourself.

What is mirror work?
Mirror work is simple but challenging. The practice involves standing in front of a mirror alone and looking at yourself deeply. Mirror work helps to move your mentality away from using a mirror to check your appearance for others, and toward appreciating yourself as you stand. Practicing mirror work leads to greater self-confidence, inner peace and a sense of trust with yourself, according to self-help pioneer Louise Hay.

How to Get Started
1. To begin, find a comfortable place to be alone and stand in front of a full-length or handheld mirror.
2. Make your first few attempts with a simple goal to take in your face and body as it is and try to avoid adjusting, posing or primping. For many, that is challenging enough.
3. Once you’re feeling less twitchy under your own gaze, you can extend the time you spend with yourself.
4. Now that you’re settled in your own company, add affirmations to your practice. Here are a few of our favorites:

“You are doing your best.”
“You are smart, kind and wonderful.”
“You are beautiful.”

Now that you’ve created a time and space in your day to be kind to yourself, you can explore mirror work in any way your mind and body need.

For more tips and tricks for mirror work, visit wellandgood.com.

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