"Healthy Self-Expression" Coping Skills
Many Coping Skills are designed to help you deal with negative emotions or a loss of control or focus in the moment. Although "Healthy Self-Expression" coping skills can do the same, they are really meant to be done before you're not feeling well, as a means to keep your cup empty regularly - so you don't find yourself in situations where you're losing control.
Go through the various tutorials below to find a few good "Healthy Self-Expression" coping skills that you can easily practice and use to keep your cup empty for the long-term.
One of the best-known forms of "Healthy Self-Expression," Visual Art is something you can start trying with very limited materials. Even if you don't think of yourself as "an artist," Visual Art can really help you deal with negative emotions and keep your cup empty.
The Written (or Spoken) Word
Another well-known form of "Healthy Self-Expression," writing poetry (whether rhyming or completely free-verse) can help you get your thoughts out of your head and out into the world. If you don't like poetry, think of it as song lyrics or just creative writing. Anybody can do it, and it takes almost no materials at all.
Journaling is one of the easiest forms of self-expression - just writing your thoughts and whatever you believe without any worry about how you're writing it, or any rules, etc. All you need is a piece of paper and something to write with - or, if you like, you can even write in a digital journal from a smartphone or a website.
Graphic Design is a Healthy Self-Expression coping skill that is also very helpful in many jobs. It combines some visual art with computer design, and can be a lot of fun.
Web Design is another Healthy Self-Expression coping skill that is also a career possibility. Web Design combines a lot of different skills (including Graphic Design), but, to start, just takes some thought and something you want to share with the world.
Building physical things with your hands can feel really good - and give you a different kind of way to express. This presentation starts with some simple building out of paper to help you get started, but if you find it helpful for you, it can lead to much more.
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