I used to read a lot of women’s/fashion/celebrity magazines. I’d buy at least one a week from my early 20s way into my 30s. I used to think of it as a ‘treat’ – something trivial and light hearted to read while relaxing with a cup of coffee.
Then I got older and I realised that reading those magazines didn’t actually feel like a ‘treat’. Reading about how to get a six-pack in 6 weeks, how to have perfect smooth hair, perfect glowing skin and perfectly coordinated accessories didn’t actually encourage or uplift me. It always made me wonder why the heck do I STILL not have perfectly smooth hair and perfectly flawless skin and why the heck do I not actually give a toss about whether I have the perfectly matching bag for every outfit. It made me feel like I wasn’t quite right as a woman.
I stopped buying women’s magazines – even the ‘fitness’ ones and it didn’t take long before I felt calmer, happier and more confident in myself, in who I was and what I looked like.
Giving up reading women’s magazines has been one of the best decisions I’ve made when it comes to my self-esteem and my self-image.
For the past decade I have been reading books, some running magazines, some web design magazines and blogs – LOTS and LOTS of BLOGS. Blogs by real people, not ones that have professionally shot photos of people exercising in full make up and blow-dried hair. Blogs by real people are the best – they encourage me, entertain me, uplift me, make me laugh and make me appreciate the true and varied beauty of people.
I think women are bombarded with so much bullish*t as we go through our teens and 20s and I am so grateful that I have finally, finally, grown up and learned to say no to the BS.
Life is too short to do stuff that is no fun, read stuff that does not inspire you or spend time with people who tear you down.
What do you think? Are women’s magazines harmless or do you sense that they influence your self-esteem? What do you like to read?