You can always scream into a pillow, hold the feelings in until a minor event makes you snap, or you could go down the road of seeing life in a more negative light.
Or, you can take the anger or sadness and use that energy for good!
I recently was feeling an internal knot of my own. And although it was hard in the beginning, I had decided to make something out of those feelings so that I would not find myself empty-handed after they go away.
So after crying in the bathroom for a few minutes (since it is required that I fulfill the tear quota for every time I find myself in utter turmoil), I grabbed my poetry journal and pen, poured myself a cup of jasmine green tea from my bright yellow teapot, and sat myself down in the part of my living room that was most lit--namely, the part of the living room that was exposed to direct sunlight...I figured, why not put myself in the brightest position possible? *Cue rimshot: Bada pshh!*
Afterwards, I came to this website to write a blog post since I have always known that writing something potentially helpful to other people lifts my spirits. Then, I logged onto my Facebook account to reading whatever inspirational and uplifting posts my friends have shared.
When tough times roll in, it's always nice to expose yourself to all things positive--so that you're constantly reminded that things will always get better.
Here is a short list of productive ways to deal with the internal knot:
1. Write a poem
2. Read inspirational quotes, books, blogs, etc.
3. Clean your room (since you have more adrenaline when you're feeling mad/sad/frustrated)
4. Answer the long list of e-mails you had been ignoring for awhile (" ")
5. Watch an episode of a sitcom/your favorite show
6. Watch a movie that you know always makes you feel good (in my case, it's Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley)
7. Walk outside (especially if you're in Seattle in the summer--you will regret it later on if you don't take advantage of the 2 months of glorious warm sunny weather! :) )
8. Talk to someone whose opinion you trust; ask them how they would deal with whatever turmoil you're in
9. Listen to relaxing music
10. Do something new and fresh--trying a new recipe, randomly pick a TV show on Hulu and try watching an episode or two (yes, I made a rhyme there just now on purpose), research for new ways to go by your daily routines, etc.
I hope this post has helped you as much as it helped me while writing it. Have a stress-free Monday!