MIRROR-FASTING: AN OVERVIEW
I’ve less than ten days left of this mirrorless/makeupless experience. It’s been almost three weeks since I first decided to abandon reflective surfaces and since then I’ve had many many moments where I’ve regretted my decision to do so. Am I looking forward to getting the mirror back? Yes. It’s been such a challenge remembering to avoid my own image that it’ll be so much easier when I can go back to normal. Will I make mirror-fasting an annual habit? No. I don’t feel the need to. The thing is, I’m pretty sure I gained everything I’m ever going to out of mirror-fasting in the 30 days experience.
I’m going to make this post brief because I know how I’ve a tendency to rant on about things, so without further adieu… My thoughts on mirror fasting: The Overview.
- Saves time getting ready
- 30 days free from make-up is good for your skin
- 30 days free from the mirror is a break from judging your appearance critically
- Can feel great not to worry about how I look
- Makes you put a lot more thought into the compliments and friend’s opinions that you receive
- Increases self-acceptance
- Feels liberating
- Makes you begin to think a lot more about your mental self-image and not just your physical
- Self consciousness escalates when you don’t know what you look like
- The first week makes your self-esteem take a nose-dive
- Can feel vulnerable when you don’t know how you appear to others
- Sometimes leads to feeling unattractive and under-dressed compared to those around you
- Getting a haircut was an incredibly intimidating experience – I had no idea what was going on.
- Frustration at jumping out of the way of mirrors and reflective surfaces everywhere
- Shopping for clothes becomes significantly harder.