What is healthy self-expression and how to practice it
With every word you say and every action you take, you express who you are as a person. That’s why the way you carry yourself should manifest all that you truly are with all of your quirks, your talents, and even your flaws.
So, what is healthy self-expression, and how can you practice it?
Expressing yourself means opening your soul and letting others see you with all of your flaws and imperfections. Of course, it also means not being afraid to simply be yourself. And that takes a massive amount of courage. That is why so many people avoid being true to themselves and try their best to fit into communities whose approval they believe they need.
However, what they fail to realize is that this avoidance behavior creates severe communication problems which often affect their relationships with others.
To practice healthy self-expression, you need to be willing to be vulnerable. You need to be willing to assert your boundaries and stand up for yourself whenever someone crosses them.
Also, you need to accept the fact that everyone has a different perspective. While some people may praise you for being you, others might find you absolutely annoying. Not everyone will like you. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Self-expression comes in many shapes and forms. However, it can be broken down into two main types – physical and intellectual.
How to practice physical self-expression?
Physical self-expression can be in the form of dancing, playing sports, doing yoga, and so many more activities that help you free your mind and reduce the stress and anxiety that overwhelm you on a daily basis.
Besides, it is a great way to figure out your strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to understand yourself better, work on what needs improvement, and highlight what you’re good at.
Another form of physical self-expression is sexual expression. Unfortunately, people often get too shy when it comes to exposing their sensuality. The topic is still taboo for many failing to realize there is nothing wrong or unnatural about being in touch with your intimacy.
How about intellectual self-expression?
Self-expression is about being your authentic self. No filters, no fake smiles, no more trying to be someone you’re not. The beauty of it can be unlocked intellectually through words that come from your soul or a talent you might be too afraid to show to the world.
You could be an astonishing painter, an amusing writer, or a mesmerizing singer. All that you have to say, you can say it in the form of art. It doesn’t matter if it is going to be a painting, a poem, or a beautiful song, as long as it allows you to express yourself.
Nowadays, even a social media post can be seen as a form of intellectual self-expression, which proves that your opportunities are unlimited.
There are countless ways to unveil your personality and show the world who you truly are. Self-expression can be manifested in the clothes you wear, your hairstyle, your home decor, but it can also shine through your kind heart, your giving nature, and your talent for seeing the beauty in everything.
However, it is crucial to remember that, when trying to express yourself, you should never be manipulative, controlling, or doing it to gain popularity. The process should be genuine, enlightening, and relieving, which cannot be achieved when your intentions are indecent.
What is your favorite way to practice self-expression? Let us know in the comment section!