They don't waste time looking at other people's online photo albums.
Yes, multiple studies tell us that poring over friends' edited, curated, Instagram-filtered Facebook photos can make us feel kind of crummy. Still, more than half of the 600 young women in one study admitted that they compare themselves to others when they view photos
—and about the same number said that they wished they had the same body or weight as the person pictured.
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.
They dress for their curves (and their lumps, bumps and ripples).
"Always be on the lookout for pieces that fit the odd
part of you," says fashion blogger Chastity Garner. On her website, The Curvy Girl Guide
, Garner posts photos of herself in outfits that highlight one of her favorite features (her curves) and also flatter, minimize or disguise the parts she's less fond of (her secret!). Garner suggests building a look to camouflage the tricky body part—tea-length skirts that cover chubby knees, for example—and buying items that fit the largest part of you, and then getting them tailored to fit from there.