Getting It Off Your Chest – 8 Healthy Ways to Express YourselfPosted on Jul 10, 2012 in Articles, Blog, Happiness, Recovering from Abuse, Recovering from Addiction, Recovering from Depression, Recovering from Divorce, Recovering from Stress Burnout, Relaxation, Well-being | 2 comments
Most of us have the desire to communicate and express ourselves: it’s a beautiful part of being a woman. Everyday worries can get in the way. When life is challenging, getting things off our chest through communication and self expression can make all the difference. Here are 8 handy and healthy ways to express that pent up stress.
1) Listen to music
If you enjoy music, try singing to the radio, or listening to something that moves you. Even better, pick something with a beat that makes you want to dance, even if it’s just some slight movement: a little jig in the kitchen can really make you feel better. Physical movement is a great expression if words are difficult to come by.
2) Talk to someone
It’s no lie that a burden shared is a burden halved. Just expressing to someone you’re having a rough day makes everything feel better. It’s hardest to admit you’re going through a stressful time, but the thought of someone else knowing can bring great relief.
Remember that joke someone told you that make you snort with laughter? Or a funny comedian that makes your sides split? The human face is made for expressions, and nothing is better than someone smiling. If you’re low, seek out something you find funny, laughing banishes the stress and can have you grinning all day.
4) Count your blessings
When the days are bad, try to count the small blessings in each day. Turn something negative into something positive. Think of the good deeds you have done such as holding a door open for someone, or just being there when a friend is upset. Exercises like this build up your sense of self-worth:, it’s possible to see the good in the worst of days.
5) Put your ideas into action
Always wanted to see what the tower of London looks like? Throw caution to the wind and plan a day out. Make time to do what you have always wanted to do. Give something unusual a try. Why not get your heart racing and try a new sport?
6) Keep a diary
This is one of the best ways to compare your emotions on a regular basis. Treat yourself to a lovely notebook and a pen, and keep it just for your thoughts. Committing the words to paper is a wonderful form of therapy that costs next to nothing but reaps great benefits emotionally.
7) Find the artist inside
Many people are more artistic than they realise, and many budding painters find the vocation later in life. Expressing yourself through poetry or song writing or drawing can be one of the most satisfying processes for humans. Bringing just a little art of self-expression into your life can reap great rewards.
8) Volunteer for the community
Volunteer work is a fantastic way to share your time and skills with other people who are in need. There are many voluntary vacancies to suit every individual. Put your mark on a conservation project or share an afternoon with a vulnerable person of the community.
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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.