Self-expression is a beautiful thing, and vital to human nature.
For me, an empath and highly sensitive person, I have to find a way to express myself in some way, shape or form. And I find that if I go without doing so for long periods of time, I start to feel very depressed. As I’ve gone through life, learning who I am, and figuring out my own personal formula for happiness, I’ve found that creativity and self-expression are essential ingredients to the whole mix.
So I’m going to share with you a portion of the recipe for my happiness, and how I am best able to express myself. These are only things that personally work for myself, and they may have different effects and results with other people, but the best part is learning about yourself in the process and discovering who you are, and what’s right for you!
Painting, drawing and sculpting, oh my!
Anything purely visual that you can create with your hands can really help you get into your creative zone. It can help you put an image to how you are feeling at the moment, or how you want to feel. Lately, I’ve really been wanting to buy some henna mix so I can do henna tattoos on myself and my friends and really get my visual creative juices flowing, with art that lasts for a while, but is still temporary (deep concept, bruh).
Sing your heart out!
Maybe I’m biased about how great singing is in self-expression is because I’ve been singing since I was two years old, and I’ve always had such a passion for it. But regardless of whether you’re good at it or not, sometimes blasting music in the car and singing at the top of your lungs is exactly what you need to make yourself feel happy and express yourself in such an outspoken and proud way.
Dance like noone is watching!
This is a very therapeutic way to create beauty in your life and give yourself way to be outspoken. Whether you decide to dance alone in your room, or go out in a more public setting to dance, it’s a great way to express yourself, all while getting a little exercise and releasing some endorphins.
Reading and writing… so underrated.
Personally, I find that reading (or looking in general) at someone else’s work is one of the best ways to get me inspired to express myself. When I read, I learn new words and open my mind up to new ideas, and it gets me thinking about who I am and how I can improve myself in any way possible. In turn, writing does the same thing for me. It’s funny, because I often experience writer’s block, and I have a hard time getting myself up to the task to actually sit down and write. But once I find the flow in my writing, I find it hard to stop. The words just flow out of me like a river that’s been dammed up for months. Writing, too, is known to be very therapeutic, and can help people organize their thoughts better. So not only is it good for the creative self, but also for the mental and spiritual self.