Are you hiding behind a mask? Do you limit yourself when it comes to expressing your thoughts? Are you hiding your true self and pretending to be someone you are not at all? Do you avoid expressing your feelings when talking to people? If you do this, you will not live life to the fullest. It is necessary to throw the mask.
It is better to share his feelings with the people around you. If you would like to feel free, read on here. We give you 4 steps that can help you throw the mask. Keep in mind that this is not something you can do overnight. But we are sure you will eventually get through it!
First of all, you need to understand that a mask is a defense mechanism, a way to protect yourself. By putting it on, you only gain guilt and insecurity. But it is actually quite common for people to build protective barriers.
To throw away the mask is to destroy the barrier
Maybe you go with a mask so no one can get hurt. You think the mask will protect you from unpleasant emotions such as fear or depression.
This feeling of being protected makes you not want to put the mask away from you again. Your mask makes you feel in control, just as you can take it off and on again, whenever you feel like it. But sooner or later, you will find that you have become accustomed to it.
You will also find that it is not so easy to show your true self anymore. You have become so accustomed to feeling protected that you do not even know how to show your true self to others. This is how you start to feel trapped behind this mask instead of feeling protected by it.
1. Prepare yourself to throw on the mask
Once you have recognized that you are carrying around a mask, the first step is to be able to take it off. You probably do not remember how you started going with it. Maybe you have not discovered that you are trying to protect yourself, or you are wearing it for some other reason.
Fortunately, these are amazing ways to prevent your mask from ruining you. Once it has come off, you need to learn to take better care of yourself.
Here’s an important fact: You have to throw the mask yourself. To be able to do this, you need to come to terms with your inner conflicts as positively as possible. Do not hesitate to find out what you need.
2. Be patient, courageous and have company
Patience is a virtue because it helps you stay motivated. In this context, it also gives you the necessary space for your transformation to take place. And we are talking about the deep transformation that focuses on the root of the problem and that creates long-lasting change.
Resolving the internal conflicts requires a lot of motivation. It is also another powerful and important quality that we make it possible to tackle this process, against.
Finally, do not forget to have the company of someone while going through this (it could be friends, siblings or even a psychologist), because they can help you push on until you can finally put on your mask.
3. Know and accept yourself so you can throw away the mask
To be able to accept yourself, you need to know yourself. Knowing yourself means that you know what you want, what you like and what you want to achieve, among other things.
We encourage you to spend some time alone. There is nothing wrong with being alone with yourself and your own thoughts. Do not be distracted and focus on your most important goal: Finding out who you are as a person. This can help you get in better touch with your emotions. Allow yourself to feel something instead of suppressing it.
Some people do not like to be alone because they are afraid to discover their own feelings. But it is absolutely necessary to be able to accept oneself. Once you know what you feel, who you are and what you like, then you can start accepting yourself instead of judging yourself.
Accepting yourself means that you are not ashamed of the person you are. It is useless to wear a mask once you have accepted who you are because it does not make sense to hide now that you are not ashamed of who you are.
4. Love yourself and others too
Once you have come this far in your self-knowledge and the process of accepting yourself, love for yourself will come quite naturally. Just forget who you were. Love yourself now and give yourself the opportunity to do better in the future. Wearing a mask is only necessary if you can not accept your own qualities and flaws.
This step consists in loving every single part of yourself. If you want to change something, consider it an opportunity to evolve. It will help you boost your love for yourself.
There is no way you can seriously love another if you can not love yourself. Loving oneself is about knowing one’s worth and not being afraid of people leaving us.
We hope you feel strong enough to follow these 4 steps. It’s time to take the bull by the horns and be yourself! If you are already aware that you are addicted to wearing a mask, it is only a benefit. Do not waste any more time trying to be someone else while holding back your true self. The world needs honesty, acceptance and love for itself.