How Insecure Can Help Improve Your Wellness
If you haven't watched "Insecure" on HBO you should. It's unlike anything else that's ever been on TV and it's excellent.
Creator Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) stars as Issa Dee, who struggles to navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji).
Throughout the show we find Issa staring in the mirror while having conversations with herself. The conversations vary from motivational to downright hilarious.
Like the time she woke up and greeted herself like a boss
Or the time where she justified a little pettiness
Or the time she gave herself a much-needed boost of motivation
While these scenes offer a good laugh they also teach us an important wellness practice, mirror work.
Mirror Work is an effective tool for mental wellness and boosting your self-esteem. Put simply, it is the practice of saying positive affirmations to yourself in the mirror.
And what are affirmations? Anything we say or think is an affirmation. These affirmations are messages to your subconscious that shapes your way of thinking or behaving. Positive affirmations plant healing seeds of thoughts and ideas that support you in developing self-confidence and self-esteem and the most powerful affirmations are those you say out loud when you are in front of your mirror.
The mirror reflects back to you the feelings you have about yourself. It makes you immediately aware of where there is resistance and where you are open and flowing. And this helps to show you what thoughts you will need to change if you want to have a joyous, fulfilling life.
If you say to yourself in the mirror, "you look amazing" and you feel any difficulty or tension, you know this is an area you need to work on. Practice telling yourself how beautiful you are in the mirror daily and soon you will notice it gets easier and the affirmation will begin to flow through you.
As you continue, you become less self-critical, and the mirror work turns into mirror play.