What is that glowing, radiant smile on your face hiding? What is the over performance at work compensating for? You have lost 20 pounds and hit the gym everyday, but you have not seen your friends in weeks; why?
When keeping up appearances becomes a burden, when every moment alone with your thoughts feels like torture, when anxiety and self doubt make it difficult to breathe…its time to heal your spirit. Healing begins when we move past the stigma of experiencing human emotions that society deems weak and taboo.
Partially inspired by Diana Ross’ song “Drop The Mask”, in which she challenges the listener to “let down your guard, open your heart, unloose your chains, don’t be afraid”, Brooklyn MFT has adopted the 2014 theme: "Drop The Mask” for our monthly articles. We will initiate frank conversations about depression, anxiety, and life difficulties that block us from living optimally. You are invited to comment on, debate, and share these discussions with friends, family, and foes alike!
I understand dropping a mask that seems to successfully get you through your day, maintain your employment, and secure the respect of others can feel like a risk you are not willing to undertake. By definition, risk is the exposure to danger, harm, or loss. But aren't these the same feelings and emotions that you are already experiencing? If you believe that higher risk yields a higher return, then I challenge you to consider the return on an investment in your personal well-being.
When you live your life wearing a mask to give off the allusion of emotional well-being, the only person that loses in this scenario is you. You loose contentment, confidence, and self-respect.
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