As spring approaches women go scurrying into dressing rooms with microscopic pieces of lycra and spandex and then wonder why they are such terrible human beings. It is basically insanity.
This time, rather than looking in more mirrors, try looking in less. Even cover up the mirrors in your room or bathroom if that helps. I went two years without a full length mirror once and it did wonders for my body image! If bathing suit shopping is totally necessary, go for it, but try to pay attention to how you FEEL in the bathing suit, not that stretch mark that always makes you batty. Remember that showing more skin doesn’t have to mean internalizing more self-hate. Try to see yourself as your best friend or most adoring fan sees you. That’s renewal.
~Courtney E. Martin
Body Image Expert, Campus Calm