“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express” – Brenda Ueland

This week, 1-7 February 2021, is Children’s Mental Health Week, and the theme is Express Yourself.

Self-expression is about communicating your individuality. This can be through words, clothing and hairstyle, or through art forms such as writing, drawing, music and dance. It is about showing your true self.

Self-expression is a great way to relieve yourself of stress and free your mind and it can help us to make connections which each other.

Take clothes as an example. For some, it is the quick throwing on of joggers and a sweatshirt. For others, it is the joy of taking time and ensuring everything matches or is the latest fashion. Clothes can make us feel good or relaxed and we can express ourselves through our choice.

Music can also make you happy, sad or reflective. Which type of music makes you feel like this?  For some this might be classical and for others hip-pop. Think about how much fun you have when you share your music with others!

Whatever social media may say, there is no there is no right or wrong type of music or dress. It is about our individuality. However, that is easy to say when we are bombarded with images of who we should be or what we should like.

The theme of Children’s Mental Health Week this year is Express Yourself and finding new ways of showcasing our true self. However, expressing ourselves can make us feel vulnerable so linking back to our very first blog we might want to take small steps to express ourselves.

There are many ways to express ourselves and again it comes down to our preference, but we could also have a go at new things and find a new challenge that might help to express ourselves and boost our self-esteem.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Make a short video or photo montage about yourself. This could include your current likes and dislikes, strengths, interests, dreams and passions.
  • Set yourself a challenge of learning a new skill such as origami to express yourself. I set a challenge to the Aspire students to have a go at learning a new skill and it looks like Ellie is doing brilliantly.
  • Write a daily journal about whatever comes to mind.
  • If you have some coloured pens, pencils or paints go crazy on a piece of paper and express yourself through colour.
  • Have a go at writing a poem/ rap. For inspiration watch and listen to George the Poet.

 

So, why not use Children’s Mental Wealth Week to find your creative side and start expressing yourself? As George would say –

Anything is possible – I’m possible.

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