Having a healthy outlet is quite important. You need something that would be able to calm you. You need an activity for yourself where you can release all that negative energy. People have different ways when it comes to dealing with stressful situations. However, it’s important that how we deal with it won’t cause further damage to ourselves and to those around us.
Here are a few healthy outlets you can engage in when things go wrong:
Make an outlet out of journaling
Keeping a journal is a little different from having a diary. You’re not really required to make an entry every day when it comes to journaling. It doesn’t need you to narrate every detail. Journaling can be done from time to time. It could be a short, hurried paragraph or a long, messy rant about your day.
You can even draw in your journal, and make art on the pages. You can carry a journal anywhere which is why it is a good outlet.
Creating art as an outlet
When you’re drawing, painting, sculpturing, or creating any form of art, it helps you to contain that stress. If you’re dealing with something negative in life, it doesn’t mean that your art has to necessarily be the opposite of it. It could reflect what you’re feeling because you’re actually pouring it into your work. Creating art can relieve a heavy heart!
Sewing as meditation
Sewing may be a boring activity for some but it’s actually helpful in maintaining focus. It’s not the negative emotions that we want to fixate on but it’s the pattern in our hands. Sewing can keep you distracted from the outside world long enough to reduce you to a calmer state. It can actually be meditative.
Activities for your physical and mental health
A healthy outlet also comes in the form of physical activities. You can take a walk, partake in dancing, and do a sport. Physical activities enable the body to release all that energy, to help manage it instead of keeping it in. Without relieving stress, it could impact not just our physical health but our mental health as well.
Talking can be healing
It is an outlet you would probably least likely take. You are frustrated and emotional. You don’t want to take it out on anyone. It is understandable. However, talking to someone actually helps. Having someone to confide in can lessen the burden you are carrying. Having someone rational listening to you can make you feel less overwhelmed. You don’t have to go through it alone. Sometimes, all you need is for someone to listen. Let yourself lean on others.
Electrical outlets aside, it’s important that you have something that will ground you. It could be one outlet or maybe two and that’s okay. What matters is that they are not a danger to your well-being. Don’t be afraid to try out what works for you. When things go wrong, they are one of the things we can turn to.
Niña is a reader and it is through stories that she realized her love for words. Even though she is not much of a talker in real life, she has discovered that written words are just as powerful as the uttered ones. She is currently an undergraduate Journalism student and loves to listen to music and watch book recommendation videos.