[Note: if anyone’s interested, I’m going to casually stick a few of my own recent poems at the bottom of the article]
Hey all! Haven’t gotten around to updating in what feels like forever… Has it really been 2 months since school started (ew… finals in a month)?! Happy to be back, even if my posts are few and far between.
The purpose of today’s quick little update is twofold. The first reason is because it’s feel good Friday, and I’ve noticed a lot of people aren’t feeling so great as of late. It could be because of the inevitable change of autumn to winter (shorter days, colder weather, the works) or maybe because of school and work stress that always seems to accompany this time of year. Regardless, here’s a little remind to try and do something for yourself every day that lifts your spirit and benefits your mental and physical health!
The second reason for today’s post is for positive coping strategy awareness [and a fair bit of shameless self-promotion].
“Coping strategies refer to the specific efforts, both behavioral and psychological, that people employ to master, tolerate, reduce, or minimize stressful events.” –MACSES
Creative Outlets for Coping
I think it’s safe to say that every single person reading this will have gone through some sort of stressful (or at least upsetting) event/feeling within their lifetime. A lot of times, it feels like there’s a jumble of emotions in your head that you just can’t seem to express, or feel uncomfortable talking about.
These feelings can be completely overwhelming and an utter distraction to any task you might actually need to accomplish. Rather than curling up in bed and crying (sometimes a totally valid way of dealing with the world for a little bit), it can be therapeutic and very beneficial to channel these thoughts into a creative outlet. Personally, as of late, I’ve rediscovered poetry and songwriting, which have helped me through some very stressful times and allowed me to clear my mind and move forward with the other stuff on my to-do list. Check out these few articles about the benefits of creative outlets and art: 1, 2, and 3.
[Sidenote: uh, hello education system… creativity is important, too!]
There are tons of things that you can do to express your creativity, so I hope this post served as an important reminder to express your emotions, but in a HEALTHY way! Take some time for some creativity, and it may reward you in many ways (including a sense of pride after creating something beautiful!).
My Recent Coping…
Have a great Friday!!