Changing the Person Staring Back at You: 4 Methods To Project a Different Image

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The whole physical image we hold of ourselves is an insight into our weaknesses as people. We hold self-image in high regard, and it gives us a sense of our personality and is a key to how we understand life. So if we want to change our image and project something different outwards, we need to focus on a number of key practices to ensure that we are doing it right. What are these?

See the Person in the Flesh 

If you want to be someone who is picture-perfect, it is not enough to imagine ourselves as that person, but we’ve got to stare at this person in the mirror and see them in the flesh. Half of the issue is that we all have little hang-ups about ourselves. If we have issues with our teeth, the great thing is that these things are easily fixed. Many dental services can help align those teeth, but it is about fooling our brain into recognizing that the person that’s in the mirror is a better version of ourselves. It is a major cliche, but it is about dressing for the job that you want. The same thing applies to being the person that you want.

Reframe Self-Critical Thoughts

When we are trying to project a different image, we have to remember that we need to work from the inside out. If we have self-critical and judgmental thoughts, we’ve got to reframe these into something that’s more helpful and healthier. There are things that we can do to change, such as using non-judgemental reflection, becoming more aware of our inner critic, or training certain thoughts and behaviors, such as self-compassion.

Focus on the Things You Love About Yourself

If you have a negative frame of mind, you can benefit from lifting things that you really like about yourself. Many people want to change their self-image because they don’t like who they are. In order to break through, you need to make a list and take an inventory of your best qualities. Do this before you go to sleep because sleep is when our brain processes a lot of our thoughts. It is recommended that if you want to learn something new, you do it before you go to sleep or have a major rest where you aren’t using your brain. It is at this point where your brain will actually play and replay things that you’ve just fed it. Write down the things that you love about yourself, and occasionally glance at these things when you wake up in the morning and remember that you are worth it. 

Rest and Rejuvenate

Finally, it is so important for your vitality to rest. Because if you are not rested, you are not giving yourself the foundation to thrive. Not sleeping properly can cause you to be irritable, and could be overly critical of yourself. You need to prioritize sleep above everything else because this will be the foundation that you can build everything else upon.

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