October 14, 2015
We have all been in a situation where we've "held our tongue" to "keep the peace", or bottle our emotions in order to keep the harmony... but there is a reason we call it bottling our emotions: the bottle will only hold so much. Sometimes we hold too much inside, and this can become serious. Suppressing your emotions can lead to physical and emotional health difficulties, and is not a healthy long-term strategy. When you're feeling the need to let out a strong emotions of anger, frustration, or even sadness, what can you do? Here's the good news: there are some productive (and even FUN) ways to express your emotions instead of internalizing them.
Learning to express yourself in a healthy and productive way can reduce future stress, make you less aggressive, boost your tolerance of emotional pain, and actually lengthen your life! AMAZING benefits! Of course, talking to someone you trust or speaking to a professional can help, but sometimes it can be hard to express how we are feeling in words.
So, because expressing yourself in positive ways is such an awesome thing, here is a list all about expressing yourself creatively or positively in various ways:
* Make a sculpture that you think depicts how you feel
* Hike up to the top of a mountain and scream as loud as you can
* Throw pebbles/rocks into a river and count the ripples
* Put pen to paper: write a letter, a list, a poem, a sing.. whatever comes out!
* Learn how to meditate, or go to a yoga class
* Dance your feelings: put on a crazy song, or go out to a club, and get those endorphins flowing
* Start a blog or a website: it might be about a hobby, or maybe your feelings, either way, creative outlet!
* Role Play: act your feelings out through drama or performance
* Start a journal/diary
* Scribble: don't let anyone tell you you shouldn't!
“When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.” - Shannon L Alder
Written by 7 Cups Listener: IzzieBelle