I read an article recently in which Sarah Michelle Gellar (of Buffy fame) said that she felt she had body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) when she was younger. Now BDD is quite a serious mental illness and occurs when someone is overly preoccupied by a perceived defect of his/her physical features and is highly exaggerated. But I think as women this is something we all have a little bit of. We can spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to models in magazines, and criticising ourselves or our imperfections when looking in the mirror. A perfect example of this is when someone takes a photo of you – you might not like how you look in the photo, but guaranteed your friend will think you look pretty! Sometimes we’re just too critical of ourselves, down on our ‘flaws’ and certainly don’t appreciate our good points enough…
I think Dove sums this up beautifully in this advert:
So this week instead of assaulting yourself with criticisms of your ‘flaws’, be more accepting of them (loving them may be a tall order) and work your best features – your eyes, hair, lips, waist or calves!
Constant criticism from ourselves can be exhausting and there is nothing prettier than a big smile, which is so much easier when you feel good about yourself!
Just love the skin you’re in and work it!
‘Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got, and 50% what people think you’ve got’ Sofia Loren