Student Voices: A High-Schooler’s Perspective Channeling Your Emotions
Many different and thought-proving things and events go on in the typical human’s day. Among these are emotionally-grasping events, stuff that will reach out to your deepest emotions. While anger and sadness are two of the most aggravating and negative emotions that typically go on in our daily lives, it is still important to remember that they’re not the only emotions to remember to channel. We have to express all our feelings, and that means all of them, for the most positive lifestyle available — and in this blog article, I aim to help you do that.
First of all, why is it important to express yourself and what’s inside you? Isn’t it okay to stay secretive, hold all of yourself inside you? That is definitely not true. I read somewhere, “The anger that warms your heart now will leave you cold in the future.” and it really stuck with me. In fact, it’s one of the reasons that pushed me to write this article. Storing any kind of feeling or emotion, no matter how deep or how light it is will only lead to your downfall: anger to malice, sadness to depression, even happiness to ecstasy and probably greed. It’s important to let yourself out and be free, taking everything lightweight while fighting the world.
There are many ways to do this, and I hope that these words that I will write now will aid even one person in expressing themselves.
One, of course, is to breathe. When stressed or provoked, always remember to not act out of your heart, but rather by your mind. Sometimes, emotions reduce the oxygen level in our brain, which leads to the failing to make proper decisions. Therefore, it’s always important to compose yourself and to breathe. Whether you do this in small successions and easy airspaces, or whether you’d like to go extensive and take this a step further by putting time off for meditation. That’s a good way to calm yourself and to breathe, and that’s our number one goal here.
Two, graphic or literary media. This refers to: in the graphical area, drawings, paintings, coloring, art, graphic design, photography, whatever; and in the literary segment, it means the writing or expressing yourself through works such as poems, stories, passages, vignettes, and others. This is a personal favorite for me, and I encourage anyone to try it, whether you have any or no talent in drawing or creating. I promise you, something good always comes out of this.
Three, exercising. By channeling your emotions through action and activity, you’re giving your brain a better distraction: stimulation. This leads you to using your emotions, whether negative or positive, to proper exercise, which is another great thing. Not only is there one benefit here, which is the becoming free of your abstract heart, but rather since there are many physical improvements that you will see.
I’ve only given three, but that’s because expression is different for everyone. There’s no point in listing all infinite possible solutions with the knowledge that the person reading this is probably going to pursuit another way when it comes to channeling, and that’s totally okay! In fact, I encourage it. Branch out from these three possible solutions. Build from them, or take them from the base, just be sure to do so before you do something you’ll regret. Channeling and expressing your emotions isn’t just for the people around you, but rather for you, and your especially special mental health. I’ve talked about mental health in a previous blog post, so I guess this blog is just a small sector of what mental health has to offer. In any case, until next blog now! —
Jon Zaccary C. Regala, Grade 10