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Woman says what we're all thinking about change rooms and body image

A woman has posted a photo of herself in her underwear in a change room to show just how terrible the lighting is.

Canadian university student Brooke Spencer has done herself and every other woman struggling to understand the logic behind the hideous lighting and mirrors in change rooms, a service.

"I don't know what it is about that damn lighting but . . . it makes those so-called 'flaws' . . .  7291819x more noticeable," Spencer wrote in a post.

 

*very vulnerable post & may be triggering* Ahhhh change room lighting 🙄 the lighting that can make you go from having a good day to wtf my body looks like that???? I've been there before countless time - It's ruined full days for me, it's made me fall back into ED behaviours, it's made me cry and leave the store 😞 I don't know what it is about that damn lighting but all I know is it makes those so-called "flaws" that we've nearly killed ourselves trying to get rid of them up 17291819x more noticeable. But that's all over now. Why????? Because 1) I'm not full of "flaws" like the diet industry used to have me believe 2) I'm not wasting any more of my limited heartbeats on hating myself 3) my body deserves way more love & respect than that 4) my body is beautiful regardless of what lighting I'm in! 🙌💃 And GUESS WHAT? Same goes for YOU!!!! Our lives are short. Yes, it is the longest thing we will ever experience BUT it is still short. How do YOU want to spend? I only wish I could get back the years I spent at war with my body. Instead of anxiety attacks, crying in the washroom and suicidal thoughts at family get-togethers I would've been enjoying my time with the ones I love laughing and eating good Italian food that I'm so fortunate that my Nonna makes us. And there's MANY more good times I missed out on due to hating myself and my body but I don't want to focus anymore on the negative 🙅 Personally, I'm done spending another second like that 💁 I am learning to love myself and my body more and more each day. I've had plenty of ups and downs but I keep pushing through 💃 so changeroom lighting no longer bothers me 🙌 (I never thought I'd say that) because of those 4 things above 👆👆 Self-love isn't easy as I've said 16927291x but I promise it is worth it ❤ #antihighlightreel #selfloveisthebestlove #yearofselflove #pt3

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"Ahhhh change room lighting," writes Spencer. "The lighting that can make you go from having a good day to, WTF my body looks like that????"

 Spencer posted a photo of herself to Instagram dressed in her underwear to illustrate exactly how bad those change rooms can make a person feel, while writing openly of her previous struggle with an eating disorder, and admitting that at times, her worry over what she looked like led to suicidal thoughts.

"I only wish I could get back the years I spent at war with my body. Instead of anxiety attacks, crying in the washroom and suicidal thoughts at family get-togethers I would've been enjoying my time with the ones I love laughing and eating good Italian food that I'm so fortunate that my Nonna makes us."