Toolkit

Express yourself

If worry and anxiety are creating turmoil in your mind, you need to stop them from spinning and swirling through your head. Getting them out will give your brain some space and stop them building up inside you, growing larger than they need to be. There are many different ways to do this. One way may suit you more than others or you may have your own method of expressing yourself. These are some options:

1. A journal

Find a few minutes to write down your anxious or worried thoughts and feelings. Whether it is every day, a few times a week or once a month is not so important. Write when you need to get some breathing space. It is up to you when this is. There are no rules about how often you should write; just when you need to get your worries or anxieties out of your head.

2. Your story

You have a story about the roads you have taken that have got you to this point in your life, and how it feels to be here. Writing that story can help get all of the thoughts swirling around in your head out and into a personal kind of order.  The story can be like a private letter to yourself or you may like to share your story with others. Either way, it can be a therapeutic thing to do.

3. Get creative

Being creative and making things is another way to express yourself.  This could be by drawing, painting, gardening, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking… any way that you choose to create. The goal here is to channel your feelings into something you can create. The activity helps release the feelings and also distracts you from the intensity of the feelings. You can also feel a sense of achievement which is satisfying.

Created on 28/08/2013 | Updated on 10/12/2015
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