Expressing yourself can help you keep in touch with how you are feeling. It can also help you release a lot of tension that you might be carrying around.
Ways of expressing yourself
People express themselves in different ways. You might find that you enjoy expressing yourself in a particular way, like painting, doing an activity, singing, drumming or even yelling into a pillow.
Do you know which way works best for you? Here are some suggestions to try. When it comes to expressing yourself, what matters is that you do it – not how you do it. Just enjoy the act of expressing yourself without placing judgment on how well you did it. For example, if you love to express yourself by singing, but you think you don’t have stellar vocals, don’t let that stop you!
- Write about how you feel. Writing can be a useful way to explore your feelings.
- Draw or paint. Even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist, drawing and painting are useful ways of expressing yourself.
On the move.
- Get moving. Doing some kind of activity (like walking, running, weightlifting, jump rope, playing sports) allow you to express yourself with others and use your mental and physical energy.
- Dance. Dance is a form of self-expression. Dance as much as you like in whatever way you like.
- Sing, play music or shout. Singing along to your favorite songs or playing a musical instrument is another way of expressing yourself.
In the community.
- Contribute. Give back to your community by getting involved. Community service is a way to express your desires for your community and neighborhood.
Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.
Rebekka Meyer, Project Director at FirstPic, Inc., has 13 years of program and administrative experience in youth development, education, and government programs. She has served Boys & Girls Clubs of America affiliates as an employee in Pine Ridge, SD and Lower Brule, SD, as a National Training Associate, and as a nationwide onsite training and technical assistance provider. Additionally, through a partnership with the National Congress of American Indians, she wrote and piloted the T.R.A.I.L. Diabetes Prevention program curriculum for Native American youth. Rebekka is an alumnus of AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. She holds Bachelors in Political Science from Truman State University in Missouri and a Masters in International Business from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Many articles in this section were adapted from WeRNative.org, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth