Are you tired of letting the world dictate what you should or shouldn’t do?
In ‘The Responsible Self’, Robert Baird says that learning how to express yourself in a productive way is essential to living an authentic, confident and healthy life.
Often we keep our emotions to ourselves because we are fearful of the potential backlash our words or actions might create. But the key is to express yourself in a way that produces a positive result both internally as well as externally.
Below are 4 tips to effectively express yourself to improve your mental health, as well as help people around you, understand your point of view.
1. Acknowledge your emotions
It is common to suppress your emotions because you are ashamed and embarrassed for having them. For example, you make a plan with your friend to meet up but she forgets to show up. In this situation, it is okay to feel sad or angry. Getting closer to your emotions in this way will help you get in better touch with your feelings and therefore reduce anxiety and depression in your life. This is vital to improving your mental health state.
2. Write about your feelings
Writing about your emotions in a journal or notebook can be a great way of connecting with yourself. It also helps validate your feelings which is important as you will understand your likes and dislikes through this process.
3. Verbalize your feelings in a productive way
It is important to figure out how to translate your emotions from a raw, unedited state into something productive that won’t hurt you or others around you. For example, instead of screaming at someone and telling them you hate them, use the journal to figure out different ways of expressing that in a way that it will be productive for your relationship with that person.
Expressing your emotions in a productive way is tough and requires practice. If you can implement this in your own life, you will see a significant improvement in how others around you engage with you as well as the peace of mind it can generate for you.
4. Express yourself creatively
Writing, dancing, music, and fashion are fantastic outlets to express inner emotions and make you happy. For example, if you’re feeling sad, you might choose a dull outfit, or if you’re feeling happy, you might choose to wear bright colours to portray that feeling. It can be a great way to connect to yourself and others on your emotional state.
In the same way, accessories can be a great way to reflect your emotions as well as who you are as a person which is vital to being your most authentic self. Being authentic in your life is essential to your mental health and happiness.
Utilize these tips and feel free to use the comment section to talk about any feelings, emotions or thoughts you may have. Your #MAFAM is here for you.