As an introvert, admitting your feelings to someone, whether they’re positive or negative, can be incredibly difficult. And that’s OK. Everyone has their own comfort level when it comes to discussing emotions, so you can’t expect everyone to be as open or as apprehensive as you may be. If you need guidance toward a healthy way to acknowledge your emotions, don’t be ashamed. No one can spend their life repressing every negative thought without some serious consequences. Learning a few productive ways to express your feelings as an introvert can make a world of difference and take some weight off your shoulders.
1. Talk To A Trusted Friend
If you’re able, talking to someone you trust is a great place to start. When you know you’re in a safe environment with someone who will listen without judgement, you’ll be able to have more control over getting yourself out of your comfort zone. If speaking up isn’t something you normally do, I encourage you to give it a try.
2. Change Your Appearance
If you feel the need to express your feelings publicly, you can do so without having to let everyone know exactly what’s going on. A simple haircut or even a change of clothes can give off the mood you want to express, which may help you feel like you’ve done enough to acknowledge whatever you’re feeling.
Introverts tend to do their best thinking by themselves, so don’t hesitate to give yourself some space from everyone else if you need to think things through. A grounding exercise like meditation can bring your focus back into yourself. It’ll give you a chance to reflect without judgement or distraction.
4. Ask For Help
Sometimes, one just can’t go through life alone. Whatever your situation may be, it is never a bad idea to reach out to someone who can support you in whatever way you need. If a friend or family member can fulfill that role, please speak up. If you need to get help anonymously, you can call any number of hotlines or even text the Crisis Text Line for assistance 24/7.
If it’s too far our of your comfort zone to talk about how you feel, try your hand at writing it. A great exercise to try when there’s a lot on your mind is stream of consciousness writing. There’s no time limit, or nothing you need to write about or accomplish. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Just sit down and write out your thoughts, however they come.
6. Get Some Exercise
Exercise releases hormones in your body like endorphins, which triggers a positive feeling in the body. While this feeling may affect you more physically, it can definitely make a mental difference, too. The action of exercising can tire out your body and your brain, which may help to take your mind off of what’s bugging you. You’ll also be working hard and sweating, which can be a productive yet cathartic release for any tension or negative feelings you may have.
7. Make Art
Lots of people express themselves through some medium of art because it allows them to be productive, create something from their feelings, and spend time allowing themselves to acknowledge their emotions. Whether you sing, dance, write, paint, sculpt, or draw, you can take your feelings out on whatever you’re doing instead of letting it consume your thoughts.