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They take mirror vacations.
Women tend to look at themselves in the mirror between 30 and 70 times a day, says Kjerstin Gruys, the author of the memoir Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall, and a sociology PhD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gruys, who had long struggled with poor body image, decided to go for an entire year without checking out her reflection and says that living mirror-free helped her break her obsession with what she looked like. "My husband told me I seemed more relaxed, and he noticed I was covering myself up less when we were alone together," she says. You don't need to smash the reflective surfaces in your home; Gruys says that going camping for a weekend can be just as effective.
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