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The Dressing Room Challenge Encourages Women to Stop Criticizing Their Bodies While Shopping

Psychologist Susan Albers created the 'dressing room challenge,' which asks women to stop criticizing their bodies while shopping.


By Gillian Fuller, Allure
 
Between vanity sizing, poor lighting and warped, funhouse-like mirrors, dressing rooms can be a stressful place, even for the most confident shoppers. One woman launched the “dressing room challenge,” to promote body-positivity and confidence among female shoppers, after realizing how damaging a negative shopping experience can be.

[post_ads]As Yahoo! Style reports, the challenge, created by Cleveland Clinic psychologist Dr. Susan Albers, asks women to leave behind their “inner critic” when shopping, and instead, focus on having fun and spreading positivity. Albers, who posted the challenge to Facebook on Friday, came up with the idea after overhearing a pair of women berate themselves in a store’s dressing room. As she later explained on Facebook, this sort of self-criticizing language is harmful to not only the speaker, but to those around her.“Please remember that whether they are six or 60, everyone around you absorbs every word you say about your body. 
 
You are a role model about the words and phrases that are “okay” to attach to women’s bodies," she wrote. Instead of focusing on the negative, Albers asks women to take what she calls the dressing room challenge: “Speak mindfully…Don’t let your inner critic enter the dressing room with you. Leave her behind. Have fun in there. Say something affirming to yourself. Or, if that is too difficult, try directing positive vibes to someone else.”

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Albers adds that whenever she’s out shopping, she makes a point of complimenting other women in the dressing room as a way to spread and encourage body-positive thinking. In her post, she invites other women to do the same — to pay it forward, so to speak. The idea is simple: Confidence is contagious. If we adopt a positive attitude, even if we're faking it just a little bit, those thoughts will, eventually, overpower the negative ones. It’s an easy way to make a big difference (and it’s doctor-guaranteed).
 
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