Masks and brave faces

I want to talk a little bit about putting on a mask. But not the type of mask we’ve been used to discussing recently. I’m talking about the “brave face” mask. I know that many of you have sometimes felt the need to “put on a brave face” in order to convince other people that everything’s fine, or to reassure or protect yourself in some way. In some ways, it can feel easier to do this rather than consider an alternative. Sound familiar? You’re not alone – I’ve done the same thing too. We can feel that we don’t want to bother other people with our stuff… even if it’s really bothering us. Which is understandable, and of course there’s a good reason that we don’t necessarily want to share everything with everyone! However, it’s also good to recognise when it’s time to let go of the mask and talk about what’s really going on. When people come to me for counselling, I offer a confidential space to...
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