Don’t let the mirror determine how you feel about yourself on any particular day. All mirrors are funhouse mirrors. They distort what you think is an objective image of yourself, and then feed on that day’s sense of self-worth. It can quickly devolve into a fiery crash if you’re not careful. For example:
You didn’t sleep well last night. Money stress is lurking around the mind’s back alleys. You had an argument with your spouse before work. Negativity is a magnet. The day’s first look in the mirror is going to send staples and knives in the direction of that magnet.
“Why are you so fat? You look ridiculous in these stupid clothes. Great, another gray hair. You look like Tales From The Crypt. Is that cancer?”
You are destined to carry that image of yourself into the rest of your day as it plays ping pong with the other stressors in your life. It will impact your interactions with co-workers and loved ones as the inner-dialogue negativity magnet continues to pick up needles and rusty nails.
“Glad to see Julie is wearing shorter skirts to work…the kind that whores wear.” “Oh, I see. The Keurig machine is out of water. Again. Thanks honey. It’s obvious you want out of this relationship.”
The day becomes unproductive as the negative distractions pile on. Another night of lost sleep. Another barbed remark toward your spouse. Another look in the mirror in the morning, and you’re in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fattest, ugliest, most unlovable human being ever born.
The mirror is a reflection of everything that is going on inside. You cannot see yourself objectively. While a look in the mirror may seem like a clinical evaluation about whether or not your new diet is working, it can easily and destructively become derailed by a culmination of regret and worry.
For some tips on how to escape this cycle, see https://ificandoit.blog/2017/11/07/recovering-from-life-pt-3/