We all have times when emotions overcome us. It might be an hour or it might be a day. Sometimes, when those times come, we don’t know how to cope. I’m lucky enough to have a very supportive family, but my sister suffers from mental health issues and my mom has a lot on her plate, so I don’t always speak up. In those cases, there needs to be another way to get over it, another outlet. Here are four ways you can let out those emotions without having to worry about disrupting or burdening anyone else.
- Write. Make a separate folder on Google Docs, or the Notes app on your phone. Buy a journal, or grab a notebook that still has unused pages. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Always have something on hand, no matter what it might be, and if your emotions overwhelm you, write. It doesn’t have to make sense, and no one has to see it. Write anything and everything on your mind, and that can help get it out.
- Be artistic. I know I don’t have artistic talent. Not everyone does. If you don’t, that’s okay. Carry a small notepad or sketchbook when you’re out to use only for doodles. If you’re at home, you can go more in-depth. Drawing, painting, origami; anything will work. Almost every store will have supplies for those crafts for you to buy — your materials don’t have to be expensive. Knowing you’re in control of the curves of a pencil, the blending of paints, or the folds of paper will help you focus on making it how you want it to be, rather than the emotions you can’t necessarily control.
- Read, watch a movie, or play a game. This one depends more on what works for you. If you have a hard time focusing on words on a page, put in a movie or a game, and vice versa. This is really simple, because there are no requirements or limitations. You can reread a favorite or pick up a random new book that catches your eye. You can have a Disney movie marathon, or if that isn’t your forte then pick a bunch of horror movies, romantic comedies, anything. You can download a “time-wasting” mobile game; a few of my favorites are Color Switch and Tap Tap Dash. All of these are so easy to come by; you can go to a library, a movie and game rental store, or look through your phone’s app store. Any one of these could cost $5 or less, and they’re a great way to lose track of time, and in turn, help you focus on something else. If you don’t know what’s wrong, these can distract you until you want to figure it out. There’s nothing wrong with that.
- Exercise. Go run on a treadmill, jog around the block, or play a game with your dog, if you have one. We might not like working out, but sometimes it’s the key to getting over whatever may be bothering you. It can be for thirty minutes, an hour, even a whole morning or afternoon, if you have time for that. As long as you don’t overexert yourself, this is a great way to help let out your feelings.
Not only does exercise release endorphins, but it makes us feel (and look) better and even aids the quality of our sleep. All things that make us feel happier.
Whether you have someone you can talk to or not, getting your emotions out is vital. Holding them in will only make it worse in the future. If you feel really bad, try to find someone to talk to. No matter what, remember that you can get over it, and it will get better.