Alicia Keys Just Shared the Naked Body-Love Ritual She Does Every Morning

Each morning, the singer spends seven minutes looking at her body in the mirror from a place of acceptance.

The incredibly talented Alicia Keys, who has won 15 Grammy awards, is known for her openness about her journey towards self-love. She has spoken honestly about her struggles with self-esteem and, in 2016, she began a makeup-free journey to embrace her intrinsic beauty and inspired her followers to adopt the same approach. This led to the creation of her own skin-care line named Keys Soulcare, which promotes the idea that beauty encompasses not just physical care but also spiritual nourishment.

Alicia recently gave her fans a private glimpse into her daily routine aimed at boosting body positivity. In a video post on Instagram, the singer revealed a crucial part of her morning regimen: spending time naked in front of a mirror, appreciating and accepting every part of herself.

In the post caption, she wrote, "This is going to blow your mind. Are you ready to try something that makes u totally uncomfortable? My ? @therealswizzz always says life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So, I'm inviting ya'll to try this with me. Tell me how you feel after."

In a recent video, the renowned singer Alicia Keys candidly shared her unique morning ritual that revolves around body acceptance. Barely clothed in undergarments and with a towel encircling her hair, she advises her fans to devote at least seven minutes each day, gradually progressing to eleven, standing naked in front of a mirror, absorbing their own reflection. Keys encourages her followers to accept every part of their bodies, from knees and thighs to belly, breasts, face and hands. This practice is very much akin to 'mirror exposure' or 'mirror acceptance,' a strategy employed by behavioral therapists to assist individuals in developing an unbiased, non-judgemental perception of their own bodies, says Terri Bacow, Ph.D., a New York-based clinical psychologist. This therapeutic method requires you to neutrally describe your physical attributes, focusing more on their form or function rather than aesthetics. This neutral description should be based purely on facts and devoid of any negative self-criticism. Similar to this therapy, yet adding a touch of positivity, is Key's approach which includes listening to uplifting music. She mentions the song "I Am the Light of the Soul" by Gurudass Kaur, whose lyrics promote self-love and acceptance. The singer suggests absorbing these empowering words while observing your reflection without any judgement, advising her followers to try their best not to judge themselves.

Keys recognizes the struggle in refraining from self-criticism, expressing its complexity and significant impact. Many individuals are prone to pass judgment on their own bodies, focusing on perceived flaws and imperfections. This skewed perspective is akin to spotting only weeds in a lush garden or obsessing over errors in an essay, leading to a biased and distorted perception of one's body instead of appreciating it as a whole. Thus, adopting mindfulness techniques that foster acceptance can prove beneficial. These methods encourage objective observation and neutral descriptions of the body, fostering a focus on the present moment, just as Keys demonstrated. The practice of this ritual for 21 consecutive days is encouraged by Keys, who believes it will bring about profound positive changes and foster self-acceptance. She ends her message by urging her followers to shower their bodies with love and praises.

If the concept of mirror acceptance or establishing a morning routine is unfamiliar to you, engaging in it for seven minutes each day for a three-week period may appear intimidating. Bacow suggests commencing with a modest two to three minute practice. "The utmost I would recommend is five minutes. An effective morning ritual, such as this one, needs to be practical and adaptable." (It's also crucial to remember that if your body image is causing you distress, a ritual of this nature could seem daunting, uncomfortable, and emotionally charged — yet Bacow asserts its value nonetheless. "The only method to handle discomfort is to be prepared to endure it repeatedly," she states. "Only then will you experience a habituation effect, which enables you to acclimate to the discomfort until it ultimately diminishes.""I consistently advise my clients: 'If the worst-case scenario is that you might feel uncomfortable, that's acceptable,'" Bacow emphasizes. "Discomfort is, at its most extreme, unpleasant, and almost always transient." Keys echoes this sentiment in her post, asserting: "There [are] so many insane triggers we have surrounding our bodies and how we look physically. Embarking on a journey of self-love exactly as you are is vital! It's so incredibly important!! Nurture yourself and #PraiseYourBody."

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