Thomas Heathwaite is 17 years of age. I am a strong believer in all things environmental and inspiring people. I also like to write thoughts and feelings down onto paper, when I feel stress, as I am a strong believer that this relieves stress and anxiety.
We all feel sad, unhappy, stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed etc. But how can you stop it from taking over your life – if you are feeling constantly one of the above, or a combination of the above, well one way is to try to use self-help strategies to help yourself figure out your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Speaking from personal experience, I find that writing down thoughts onto paper is one of the best things to do. Your paper is your best friend – it can’t see what you’re writing; it won’t judge you about what you’re writing – it’s there as a medium for you to try to think. Try to think really deeply about why are you feeling what you’re feeling; try to think about the event leading up to it. It may not be easy. It may not happen naturally. It didn’t for me. Try to just sit quietly, relaxing, trying to think, then write – almost like meditating. The biggest problem is you’ll probably feel like you’re being watched, or feel anxious about what the paper thinks – you are probably not being watched, and, as we have said above, the paper can’t know – it’s only you overthinking that makes it seem like this.
Why should you use this tactic? As you write you should find, your thoughts slowly dissolve and you can start to think clearer about what is happening, and what you’re feeling. You should find that you are able to put everything back into perspective and that the whole situation suddenly makes more sense and you’re able to see why you’re feeling emotion. If you are able to see the cause of the emotions, then you are able to take actions to manage this emotion. Equally, if you see that the cause of your emotions is the same over a period of time, then you should be able in time to do things that prevent this from happening, if it is avoidable.
I hope that this technique helps some of you to feel less emotional.