It is not enough that you keep your physical body healthy; you also need to make sure you have a healthy mind and spirit. One of the biggest mistakes we make with our emotional health is holding on to (mostly) negative emotions. Keeping emotions locked up inside you is not a healthy way to deal with problems and issues that come up in your life. Even if you want to forget about things, they have a way of resurfacing – through troublesome dreams, depression, anxiety, and even physical problems. It is important that you find a healthy way to express these emotions. I made a list of ways to release pent up emotions. Please read on.
1. Shout It out
If you have no words for pent up emotions, then shouting is the perfect way to vocally express yourself. Go to a place with little to no people (to avoid scaring anyone) and scream your lungs out. On the off chance that you can’t get to a place like that, you can also just shout into a pillow or your bed.
2. Talk to Someone
Another great way to release pent up emotions is by talking to someone you trust or someone who supports you. They can comfort you by listening or by giving words of advice. If you don’t have anyone in particular to talk to, you can always talk to a guidance counselor, a therapist, or your church’s priest or pastor.
3. Pray or Meditate
Not everyone who reads this site is spiritual or religious so I completely understand if not everyone agrees with this item. However, praying or meditating can really help release pent up emotions and ease the spirit. I guess it works in a similar way as the second suggestion. After all, you are communing or talking with the universe or a higher being.
4. Write about It
There are some people who are not so good with verbally expressing themselves. If you are one of those people, then you can always write about the emotions you are keeping inside. Journaling, especially when made a habit, can really help promote a healthy mind and spirit.
5. Sing out Loud
Throughout the years, there have been many songs that have been written that can aptly convey a person’s thoughts and emotions. It doesn’t matter if you have a great voice or not; singing is always an alternative to shouting or talking if you want to release pent up emotions.
6. Make Something
If you are the creative type of person, then crafting is the perfect therapy for you. Like in my case, when I just need to relax and clean my emotional slate, I bake, make jewelry, cross stitch, or draw. You don’t really have to be good at your chosen craft. You just need something that can help release emotions by way of creative expression.
7. Throw or Hit Things
Sometimes, when we hold in so much emotion, we get confrontational and irritable. In times like this, one of the best ways to release pent up emotion is by throwing or hitting things. If you do choose to use this suggestion, make sure that no one will end up getting hurt or that you won’t ruin anything that is valuable or can still be utilized. Try punching a pillow, throwing a pillow against the wall, or kicking or hitting a punching bag.
8. Sweat It out
Exercise is a wonderful activity to engage in during times of emotional distress. You can dance, run or jog, walk, clean your house, garden, walk your dog, hike, swim, do martial arts, etc. Aside from helping release the building pressure inside, exercise also produces endorphins which helps make you feel better. And as tempting as it is to exercise yourself to exhaustion, try not to.
Crying is probably one of the best tools living beings have to express emotions. There is such relief and lightness that comes when the tears flow. And remember that crying is not a sign of weakness. So whether you are a man or woman, you have the freedom to cry if you want to.
Healthy self-expression is something that everyone can learn to do. It is not very hard if you take time to find the method that works best for you. If anyone has any other suggestions on how to release pent up emotions, please share them in the comments section of this post. They will be really helpful for the readers who are looking for other techniques to expressing themselves.
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