Take pictures of yourself and kids (and then hang them up somewhere)!

Mom and Son photos



     This health goal is not for everybody. If you already take pictures of you and your kiddos all of the time, you might actually need the opposite health goal! However, if you are one of those people that can barely stand to look at yourself in the mirror and shy away from even the possibility of having to take a picture, then this is absolutely for you!

     Photography helps develop self-esteem and a good self-image. One of the biggest reasons people have self-image issues is that they don’t look at themselves enough. It’s a shock every time they see themselves in a mirror or a photograph, and they end up focusing on the negative things. As a species, we like familiar faces and familiar things.

     Spend this week looking at yourself for 1 minute every day in the mirror. Also, take a few pictures of yourself and your children (if you have them) everyday as well. They don’t all have to be printed and hung, but just make sure to look at them afterwards. And don’t just sneak a glance, really look at them! Concentrate on all of the fantastic parts of you and help your kids do the same.Goofy Picture

       As with everything else, too much of anything isn’t necessarily a good thing. Taking too many pictures, and focusing too much on how you look can create detrimental habits as well. However, if you’re the type of person that never wants to be photographed, this can be a great week of getting to know YOU! If you state in front of your kids that you don’t want to be photographed, “mom doesn’t have make-up on today, so no pictures,” they too begin feeling like they should worry about how they look.

       Take pictures of all your different sides, just getting out of bed, no make-up, ready for work, ready for a night out, etc. Hopefully by the week’s end, this exercise will get easier and easier and you will be a more self-confident person!

yours in health, dr samantha boldt