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Hate The Image In The Mirrior?

Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? If so, a recent Glamour magazine survey says that you’re in the minority. The magazine polled 300 women and found that an astonishing 97 percent had bad things to say about themselves.

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On average, they had 13 negative thoughts per day. Ladies shared such inner thoughts as:

  • “Your stomach is fat. That is why you are alone.”
  • “You’re obese. All the pretty girls are size 2.”
  • “I hate my thighs. I hate my stomach. I hate my arms.”
  • “I’m ugly … too skinny. I look sick.”

Glamour says it’s possible to shed some of that negativity without slipping on ridiculously rose-colored glasses. Some suggestions include:

  • Keep track of the good as well as the bad. If you automatically criticize your looks, also write down the things you like about yourself. Jotting down the things that make you feel good about your body puts positive stuff front-of-mind and starts becoming instinctive.
  • Figure out what you’re really upset about. Sometimes when we complain about how we look, we’re actually taking issue with something we did — not our body image.
  • Exercise. Of the women surveyed, workout regulars reported fewer negative thoughts. The feeling of accomplishment you have after a good workout can boost your mood as well as your body.
  • Be yourself, and play up your strengths. Taking ownership of your choices gives you power.

What other tips would you have to give to others?

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