Everyone looks at themselves in the mirror and maybe even sneaks a peek at their reflection when passing by store windows.
In the case of eating disorders, the time spent in front of a mirror can be obsessive and destructive. Men and women can spend overwhelming amounts of time scrutinizing their bodies. Body checking can occur in other forms, as well. Squeezing, pulling, measuring, trying on different sized clothing, etc. Harmful, damaging negative self-talk oftentimes accompanies body checking. Mantras like “I’m so fat,” “I’m disgusting,” “ugh, I’m so gross,” etc. become haunting and unrelenting.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? How do you feel about your reflection? What do you say to yourself? Do your automatic thoughts about your body promote body dissatisfaction or body acceptance? How would you like to view your body? What can you do to change your automatic thoughts to match what you desire?