Healthy Ways to Physically Express Negative Emotions
July 11, 2014 10:55 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: what are some good, healthy ways for an adult to physically express their upsetting feelings?
posted by gauche to Human Relations (35 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
My friend, when she was a child, used to find pieces of slate or shale in the backyard and smash them against one another to tiny pieces when she was angry. She says it really helped. As an adult, she can't find any shale and in any case would be more than a little self-conscious about, say, smashing bottles or breaking furniture in the backyard of her apartment building. What are healthy physical expressions of negative emotions that my friend can use to satisfy her need to express her anger or other negative feelings? Ideally she's looking for ways that don't involve spending much money (for example, boxing lessons would not be a great answer for her.)