Now that the holidays are over, people everywhere are making vows to eat healthier, sleep more, and get more exercise. And while those can all be commendable goals, it's super important to set some that will also benefit your mental and emotional health, like checking yourself out in the mirror as soon as you step out of the shower every day.
It's something none of us do, as we scramble to mummify our bodies in a towel and run out as fast as possible to avoid our own reflections. The thought of seeing our naked selves, with all of our perceived flaws, staring back at us in a filter-less environment seems horror movie-worthy.
But according to some psychologists, avoiding our own naked reflections only makes it harder for us to love our own bodies.
"We're kind of trained in our society to think about the ways we can improve upon ourselves," psychologist and body image expert Sari Shepphird told Yahoo Health. "But the more we focus on our flaws, the more they're magnified—and then we're going to want to avoid looking at our bodies in general."
To fight this criticism that lives within all of us, Shepphird recommends looking at your own reflection every day and listing five things that you like about your body, thereby making yourself get into the habit of focusing on your attributes rather than your flaws. If you have trouble coming up with something, she recommends thinking about the compliments people have given you and using them as inspiration. You're beautiful in your own unique way, and doing this one little trick every day can help you carry that knowledge with you throughout the day, making you happier (and healthier) than ever.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.