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Expressing emotions safely

There are many ways of expressing emotions.

You might be someone who likes to talk things through, or you maybe someone who doesn’t like to talk about things at all!

You might prefer to express your feelings through exercise, art, crafts or just sitting by yourself and feeling how you feel.

Deliberately finding a way to express your feelings safely means they’re less likely to influence your behaviour in unhelpful ways. You’ll probably also find that when your feelings are acknowledged and given some time and space, they can start to change.

Expressing your emotions – safely

  • Find a place where you can make as much noise as you like. Shout, scream, howl and cry, or all of the above.
    • In the car, with the radio turned up
    • In the woods
    • By the sea
    • In your bedroom.
  • Buy some cheap plates, and smash them!
  • Get some scrap paper and draw, paint or scribble how you’re feeling.
  • Free write down your feelings – put down everything that comes into your head without stopping to worry about what you’re writing, your spelling or your grammar. Aim to fill out a page, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can fill up that page.
  • Watch a tearjerker film and allow yourself to cry.
  • Play music that matches your mood.
  • Play an instrument.
  • Get yourself a soft toy to cuddle.
  • Dance around the room, perhaps combine to a song that matches your mood, as above.
  • Try out a craft activity. Make something out of nothing, or nothing out of something.
  • Make a mood monitor.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Hide under the covers.

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