World Mental Health Day
Updated: Jan 9
At Blackwood we recognize that many people live their lives behind a mask; presenting to the world a face that they think they should be, rather than who they really are. This can be through shame, or harsh expectations of themselves and lead to feelings of depression, low self-esteem, hopelessness and anxiety.
Many people feel under pressure to be “successful”, “fit in", or be a different person: perhaps more gregarious, confident, thinner, fitter, richer, etc. etc.
Most of us believe life would be better if only we could say what we think, act as we would like and be who we really are. But surprisingly few of us have the confidence to do so. Acceptance of yourself (for good and “bad”), self-love and forgiveness (all of us make mistakes- it’s how we learn and grow) and the decision to treat yourself with the kindness and compassion you might offer to those you care about makes a big difference in the quality of your life.
Don’t be ashamed of who you are or how you feel- you feel the way you do for a reason. It’s what makes you human and unique. Only you are ever going to be good at being you. We all need to be truly seen for who we are, and to feel a connection with others. Don’t keep it hidden. Talk to someone you trust and be proud that you are a real person; dare to look behind your own mask- for therein lies a wonderful being.