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Better out than in

The adage, “better out than in” remains true for causes of worry and anxiety. Often things that are worrying you and making you anxious go around and around in your head and you literally need to get them out in order to give your mind space. It is better to find a way to express worries and anxieties so they do not fester and build up inside you, growing larger than they need to be. There are many different ways to do this.  The method you choose to express your thoughts and feelings should be personal to you. One way may suit you more than others or you may have your own method of expressing yourself. Here are some ideas:

A journal 

This is your place to write down your thoughts and feelings, or anything that is worrying you or making you anxious. Write in your journal when you need to. Whether that is every day, a few times a week or once a month, it is up to you. There are no rules about how often you should write, just when you need to get your worries or anxieties out of your head. The journal can be entirely private.

Your story

The aim is to get all the thoughts swirling around in your head out and written into a story about your life, your experience. What you write can be for your own private viewing or you may like to share your story. Either way, it can prove a therapeutic thing to do.

Get creative

Being creative and making something is another way to express yourself. This could be by drawing, painting, potting, knitting, sewing, quilting… any way that you choose to create. Turning your feelings into something helps to relieve the feelings and gives you something to see and perhaps to admire and use.

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