5 Ways To Express Yourself, Because We All Need An Outlet

5 Ways To Express Yourself, Because We All Need An Outlet

Sometimes you just got to let it out!

When you are in college, being stressed out is a part of the experience. However, a lot of people do not know how to express themselves when they are going through a rough patch. Check out this list of things you can do if you struggle with opening up! It is hard at first to do, but the more you practice being comfortable with your emotions, the better off you will!

1. Music

I think music is one of the most powerful aspects of our society. It has the ability to move you to feel so many different things while also helping you realize that you are not alone in your feelings. Allowing yourself to express your emotions is incredibly healing and listening to music can be one way to let yourself embrace what you are going through in a more personal and private way.

2. Write it out

I may be biased, but I think writing out how you are feeling is very liberating. Getting your ideas and feelings out of your head and onto to a piece of tangible paper or on your laptop allows you to have a sense of release. This release not only allows you to feel better about what you are feeling but also lets you gain a new perspective on the matter. Even if your writing is only ever seen by you, that is just as effective!

3. Talk to someone

This may seem rather intuitive but there are a lot of people who reside within themselves when it comes to expressing themselves. They feel like they cannot open up about how they are really feeling and to be honest, the act itself is rather difficult. I think finding one or maybe two people who you can develop a trusting relationship with is key to eventually having the ability to confide in others.

4. Figure out the source

I find that a lot of people who struggle to express how they feel all have a certain event or reason in their life, specifically within their childhood, that makes them believe that keeping their emotions within themselves is the better option. If you are one of these people, I think that exploring why you think this way and why you choose not to express all your emotions is key to eventually being able to allow yourself to feel.

Not being able to express yourself and shoving away how you truly feel in certain situations is unhealthy if you let these types of feelings fester for many years. Hopefully, if you are able to do a little self-reflecting and find the source of why you hold things in, you will be able to address that issue head-on and move on in your life feeling freer.

5. Do something that you love

Everyone has hobbies or things that they like to do when they get home from work or school. When it comes to expressing yourself, sometimes the best thing to do is to be in an environment that you are comfortable in. Once you are comfortable and doing something that you really enjoy, you will hopefully be more at ease when it comes to talking about how you really feel.

For me, dancing always makes me feel better.

For you, it may be playing a sport, painting, writing a song, playing video games, etc. The key to using your hobbies as a way to express yourself is relying on the activity simply make yourself comfortable; not to distract you from how you are actually feeling. The goal is to use that comfort to open yourself up!

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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