Everybody Knows Somebody

1 Mar

MIRROR-LESS MONDAY

Monday was the event that I created in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The theme this year was “Everybody Knows Somebody.”

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Campaigns such as Mirror-less Monday are important preventative measures, helping individuals to realize the dangers of an unhealthy body image while promoting healthy practices.

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I got some really nice messages and a bunch of very cool pictures that I thought I would share.

  • Jackie….I think it’s great you have this awareness out there for NEDA. I am close to many “someone’s”. It’s only going to get worse unless more awareness/ light is shed and help can be given.
  • I wanted to send you a special note: One of my daughters has severe anxiety. We’ve been working with it for years and she has made tremendous progress. Recently, Mondays are always tough for her. Mirror-less Monday enabled me to cheer her up, and put some of her worries to the side. Thank you for the idea.
  • As Jennifer Fox Dalton Grubbs said: What a great opportunity to show support and help combat unhealthy pressures, attitudes and behaviors ~we are all beautiful in His sight.
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My favorite picture of the day came from Ella. Her and her twin sister Lily wanted to write notes to compliment random friends at Riverview Elementary. Lily, Ella, and Sid’s mom wrote on Facebook that she didn’t really take MIRROR-LESS MONDAY seriously at first. I think acts like Cynthia covering her kids bathroom mirror with notes letting them know how she feels about their unique beautiful traits is something this family will remember for a long time. Thank you Cynthia for having the courage to make a difference.
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Mirrors, magazines, society – they are all making us feel inferior and it’s time for the negativity and unhealthy obsession with thinness to come to an end. We need to own our bodies and stop criticizing ourselves! We need to make the effort to stop the vicious cycle of negative thoughts and instead conjure up some awesome confidence and focus on inner beauty.
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Nitpicking what we see in the mirror comes pretty naturally to most of us, and learning to be happy with our bodies is a huge challenge. But it is possible to give our bodies a break from the judgment… but how? Follow these three (somewhat) simple steps:
1) Take care of your body. We all need to love ourselves as we are, and there’s no better way to show our self-love than to take care of our bodies and health! Eating well and staying active will improve your body and mind so you’ll feel good about yourself inside and out.
2) Focus on the good, not the bad. There’s no such thing as the “perfect body,” and we’ll always have things we wish we could change. But every time you look in the mirror don’t dwell on the body parts you dislike – look at what you do like! As you learn to be more positive about your body, you’ll be able to accept your “flaws” and have a better self-image overall.
3) Smile! Smiling brightens up your face and makes your look more warm and welcoming. Smiling also makes you automatically happier, so smiling at your reflection will associate something positive with looking in the mirror, rather than the negative feeling of picking yourself apart.
541527_4562947113372_1860744578_nThe aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses – not choices – and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.

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Let’s keep sharing “self-love.” And please remember YOU are beautiful!

Let’s all work together to end negative self-talk! We need to help each other & get the word out because “EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY!”

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For more info check out:

Facebook Event page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/109404572574283/

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