“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life.” -Yoko Ono
“Your self-esteem won't come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.” -Stacy London
One of my favorite poems is by Sylvia Plath. She struggled with crippling depression and anxiety all of her life. Her poems strike a chord, as I too have struggled with depression, and it can certainly make finding a sense of self, difficult. Her poem “Mirror” is a representation of the relationship a woman has with her own reflection, from the perspective of the mirror. Sometimes we look into the mirror to start our day, and there are many complications in what we see and what we feel.
For those struggling with depression, mental illness, and addiction: the sense of self, and self-care, get lost or tossed aside. There is stress in finding your identity, and in taking care of yourself. Once you seek help, routines can be healthy and comforting. We are unique women, each and every one, and when we do not feel our best it is hard to truly see ourselves. Looking in to the mirror with daily self-affirmations can help you radically accept the day ahead of you.
There are many affirmations, and some will be more specific and healing to you than others. Below are three general affirmations and ways to integrate them into your mindfulness routines.
I Am Worthy.
You are worthy and able to achieve success. Believe in yourself to accomplish your goals.
I Am Open.
Be open and available to the people and opportunities in your life, even when things do not go as planned.
I Have Everything I Need.
In this very moment you possess all you need within you to meet your goals and succeed. Be assured that you do not have to wait to achieve, and that you have the strength now to start taking steps.