Not expressing yourself may cost you plenty.
It’s an expensive proposition!Are you willing to pay the price?
There are the “not so serious” side effects and the “more serious” side effects of not expressing your voice. For people in a midlife transition, the cost may be even more. Which do you want to know about first?
Let’s first look at the “less” serious cost not expressing yourself:
- Increased boredom
- Increased frustration
- Lowered self-esteem
- Lowered self-confidence
- Lowered productivity
- Feeling stuck
- Feeling unfulfilled
- Poor problem-solving skills
- Poor sleeping habits
Now let’s look at the “more expensive” serious costs of not expressing yourself:
- Increased depression
- Increased stress
- Increased anxiety
- Loss of identity
- Loss of fulfillment
- Loss of sense of meaning
Did you know? Self-expression is one of our basic human needs.
There has been scientific research done that places it above identity and freedom. The link between creativity and improved mental and physical health is well established by research.
Research shows that expressing yourself in a creative way increases the function of your immune system. Our research in the ICU unit of an Israeli-Palestinian hospital during war, showed that conscious use of voice and rhythm increases focus, reduces stress and improves quality of sleep.
If this is so, why is it that creative self-expression is often the first thing you sacrifice when life gets overwhelming and busy? It’s even crazier when you consider all the hours we spend in front of the computer screen (especially those whose profession is based online!)
Why not let go of something else, that isn’t essential to your confidence and well-being?
Who do you know who needs to see this?
This is an excellent post to share with someone who’s not fully expressing themselves.
If you’ve been sacrificing your self-expression, let me help you bring it back. When you share with someone else – you’ll be expressing yourself and letting them connect to their own self-expression.