This world and times we live in!
There are lots of things, which would get me banned from the internet, which I will not say. I will instead, put on my therapist hat and share some mask coping skills for children and adults.
We are all children at heart!
In hypnosis we find a more positive way to associate to something, which makes it easier to cope with. Like daydreaming to escape boredom on steroids.
With these methods, you get to pretend and daydream all day!
First think of someone who has a job which requires the wearing of a mask or helmet. Research this job and learn why they need the protection. Could they do their job or survive without a mask?
Now let the fun begin!
For children and adults: do you have a favorite super hero who wears a mask?
Remember, the mask is part of this super heroes outfit. Without his/her mask, they may not have their special powers.
Think of your mask as your super-power mask! Wear it proudly:)
This mask gives you the super powers to do your job!
For children and adults: do you like underwater exploration?
A mask is essential to underwater exploration! Without a mask, you would suffocate and drown from the water.
When you wear your mask: imagine you are swimming underwater looking for treasure while shopping, a Navy Seal in training, an underwater welder, a biologist studying underwater life as you stock the shelves and work with customers.
Be as creative as you wish, there’s lots to explore under the water!
For children and adults: do you like outer space?
All astronauts must wear masks and helmets to do their jobs! In space there is NO oxygen and they would die without their mask!
As you wear your mask, imagine you are part of the first group of astronauts to live on the moon or Mars.
Everyday you must wear a mask to survive, but you are exploring and living in new places. You are a space pioneer! What will you discover today?
At work in your cubicle, this is your spaceship or space home. A cubical is about the size of parts of the space station.
Stocking shelves, you are exploring the lunar surface, meeting other astronauts, helping them find materials for their missions.
For children and adults: do you like the old west? How about cowboys?
The cowboy wears a bandanna to protect his face from the wind, sun and dust of the rough rider life!
It also helps him hide his identity from the bad guys, keep wandering women’s lips away and can double as a napkin after a hearty meal over the fire.
At work, think of your bandanna or mask as keeping the dust from all those cattle out of your face, as the wind blows across the prairie. You want to have moist lips and a clean face to kiss your cowgirl sweetheart with at the end of a hard day on the trail!
For children and adults: it’s Halloween all the time!
For the Halloween lovers, the mask is like wearing a costume every day!
For children and adults: ever wanted to be a doctor, dentist?
These professions require the wearing of masks to keep them healthy and to stop the spread of germs from one patient to the next.
If you want to be a doctor or dentist, this is good practice on getting used to wearing a mask every day all day!
For children and adults: Ever wanted to be an actor or actress?
Here’s your big chance!
Actors and actresses spend lots of time on set, being in character. This requires props at times. They spend time learning how their character lived. This also means learning new and uncomfortable things, like breathing with a mask while playing the role; on set or on screen.
How are your acting skills with your mask on?
Did you get the part?
For children and adults: want to be a firefighter?
The mask they wear is nothing compared to the small one you need to wear now.
The firefighter mask and helmet are heavy and warm. But without their mask, they couldn’t breathe and would suffocate from the fumes, ash, soot and chemicals.
Wearing a mask saves their life, so they can save yours.
These are just a few to get you started, I know you will find many more.
Breathe easy and happy masking😷
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