Overcome Self-Obsession: Ditch Your Mirror Like These Women

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Could you go a day without looking in the mirror? A week? What about a year?

Living in today's world, it would be difficult not to catch a glimpse of yourself. At every turn there is a computer screen, a bathroom mirror, a shop window that casts our reflections. Regardless of the challenges to go mirror-less, more and more people are choosing to go on a "mirror fast."

According to the New York Times, those who have gone on a mirror fast said it's helped them "see" themselves more clearly.

"I was surprised at how quickly I stopped worrying about how I looked,” said Autumn Whitefield Madrano, 36. “And if I wasn’t thinking about it, I assumed no one else was either, which is actually true.”

According to the NYT, Madrano used a one inch-by-one inch mirror when applying makeup during her first mirror fast. But during her second fast, she did it by feel.

Madrano said freed of concerns about her appearance she was able to focus on more important issues like work and relationships.

Another woman, Felice Austin, 34, who took on a mirror fast said when she wasn't concerned about looking in the mirror she felt like she noticed the beauty in others more.

For more on mirror fasting from the New York Times, click here.

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