Stress and Your Self-image
How much stress in your life is directly related to your self-image? An image is a picture, a visual representation of something. Self-image concerns your perception of your appearance. What do you think about your appearance? More significantly, what do you think other people think about your appearance?
Do you have bad hair days? You didn't do something well? An unexpected problem occurred? You got unwanted news? You can blame it on a bad hair day. The origin of this phrase is uncertain, but it seems to have originated in the United Kingdom from the words in the 1992 film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Buffy says to the vampire:
I'm fine but you're obviously having a bad hair day.
The phrase about bad hair quickly became a catchphrase for days when everything goes wrong days and you feel completely stressed-out. On such days, your stressed-out frame of mind isn't really about hair at all. However, before we're too quick to disconnect bad days and bad hair, it's worth thinking about the relationship between how you feel and what you tell yourself about your appearance.
Although self-image is not just about appearance, what you think about the person you see in the mirror can be a powerful stressor in your life. What you see, and what you tell yourself about the person looking back at you in the mirror, can turn all of your days into bad hair days.
Who Do You See in the Mirror?
Who do you see when you look into the mirror? Are you satisfied with what you see? Do you primp and preen with pride at the person looking back at you? Or do you look in the mirror and see only flaws?
The classic story, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, tells a story about a vindictive, jealous woman and her relationship with her magic mirror: