1maskHalloween may be the most socially acceptable time to wear masks- to hide our true identities. What happens when we wear masks every day? You may be silent at work, nervous that you will appear uneducated or incompetent. However, when you are around your friends you turn into a social butterfly. Why can’t this side of you shine more often?

One may wear a mask of happiness through the day, while feeling depressed. They can do just enough to get through a workday, but then collapse in bed and sleep until they repeat the cycle. They may not feel like they have love in their heart for their family, and feel so alone.

Having anxiety can make your life like a haunted house. Every social situation feels like someone will jump out at you and make you feel insecure or unwanted. You expect a scary situation at every event, from a PTA meeting to a dinner with friends. Expecting the worst can lead to more anxiety, leaving you unable to enjoy activities you used to love. How can you break the cycle of anxious, negative thinking?

You may wear a mask of superiority. You always have the newest styles and most expensive gadgets, and love to brag about your life to your friends. You are never asked for advice, but you give it out freely, and disregard the gentle hints that your friends provide. However, soon you start to notice that phone calls and emails are fewer and fewer. You may have lots of “stuff”, but have no one important in your life to share it with.

Too many people think that they are not the kind of people who need counseling and that they can get out of a funk on their own. While this may be true in some cases, a professional relationship with a counselor can lead to positive changes in your life. It can help you to shed the masks of self hatred, depression and fear and lead you to live a more enjoyable life. If you are ready to take the first step on a journey to a “new you”, please visit the OUR TEAM page and select a Life Skills Resource Group Orlando counselor to contact for a FREE phone consultation.

This Halloween try to leave your “masks” and “disguises” in the costume stores, and become the person that you have always wanted to be! Jes


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