New Trend Sees Women Completely Give Up Mirrors For a Confidence Boost
Forget cutting carbs or the latest celeb diet plan, the new trend for feeling good sees women go on ‘mirror-fasts’ and give up looking at their reflections to try and boost self-esteem.
Whilst the average British woman gazes at her reflection 38 times a day, a movement across the pond has seen a number of women start to shun all shiny surfaces for up to a year at a time, refusing to check for stray make-up marks or even have a glance at themselves in a shop window.
So how long could you last without checking your reflection – a day? A month or a year?
According to mirror-fast fans, including one who tried it for six months before and during her wedding day, the exercise can help women to let go of obsessing over their looks and focus on more important things.
Blogger Autumn Whitefield Madrano who documented her Month Without Mirrors told the Observer: “I didn't want to do it because I felt bad about myself per se - I was just concerned about how often I was thinking about my appearance. I wanted to see how much my mood was affected by the way I perceived my looks."
And similarly, Kjerstin Gruys, the brave lady who refused to look at her reflection for a whole year whilst she planned her wedding believes that her mirror-fast helped her feel better than ever. She wrote in her blog Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: "I've managed to better separate my looks from my self-esteem. This is probably the most powerful secret to feeling beautiful."
Do you think that it’s only a matter of time before more British women start a mirror-fast diet? Do you think you could go just a week without checking your reflection?