Natasha’s Tip for Today: Accept compliments when they are given. For a trial run, look in the mirror and pay yourself two compliments. This will help you see yourself as others see you. No snark!
This is particularly hard for me, because I tend to be overly critical of myself. Enough so that I don’t even look in the mirror unless I’m “getting ready”. Yes, I’m one of those people who could spend 5 minutes washing hands in front of a mirror and still walk away with a booger hanging out of my nose.
I’m also really bad at simply saying “thank you” when someone pays me a compliment. Recently, someone commented on my “amazing complexion” and I proceeded to fill her in on my long battle with adult acne. Gracious? Not so much.
I gave myself a good once-over in the full length mirror and tried to see myself through rose-colored glasses. I looked myself in the eye and told the woman in the mirror that she has nice shoulders and a great smile.
Throughout the day, I made a point of looking at myself in mirrors as I passed them, and reminding myself of the compliments I gave and subsequently received.
It was difficult at first, but by the end of the day, I was actually beginning to like that compliment-giving woman in the mirror. I think I might invite her over more often because thanks to her I was feeling pretty good about myself.
The verdict? A very effective tip, especially for those of us who tend to be negative about our appearance. After a while, I noticed other things about myself that are pretty nice, too. Not only that, but it was great to look at myself with softer, more forgiving eyes, and get a glimpse of what my husband sees when he looks at me.
Ease of use: Emotionally difficult, but not too bad once I just DID it.
Minute count: About 10 minutes in the morning, and 30 second glimpses in the mirror throughout the day.
Dollar count: $0. It might have even saved me from some future therapy bills, ha ha.
Over all rating: A great tip – one I would recommend for anyone who needs a mood booster. Who doesn’t love to hear something wonderful about themselves, especially when the compliment is sincere?