If there’s something that keeps repeating in treatments for depression, is not to keep your sad thoughts inside, not to be locked inside, but to express yourself, to accept “I’m depressed ” and go on. Anger management classes also say this: do not lock anger inside, because it keeps growing and at some point you’ll explode, instead, you can choose to be mad sometimes; learn when to be mad, as sometimes we have to.
So, ok, perhaps you’re reading this and thinking “I’m not depressed, and I’m ok with my emotional changes and my anger”. Well, the thing is that it’s fine. As to go to the Doctor you don’t have to actually be sick, you should do it once in while.
This exercise, to let your thoughts flow, is for relaxing, to keep your mind clean, it helps to sleep better, sometimes, as you don’t worry anymore for some things so you’re less stressed.
What you have to do, and I like to do daily (not that I always do, but that I like to), is to get a piece of paper and something to write, and write, anything. Nonsense words, sentences, it doesn’t have to be a complex writing, not a scientific paperwork, yet, you can write whatever you like, the thing is to write thoughts down, think and ask yourself: What was I thinking? not questioning it, but to actually think about what were you thinking about all day; then you can write it down.
You express yourself better with colors and shapes? paint, draw, whatever that helps you release those thoughts out of your mind. One thing is important, whatever you do, it isn’t non-sense at all; keep that in mind.
Nothing you write however it might be grammatically wrong, it’s non-sense, that’s your mind, that’s everybody’s minds: to us they all are non-sensical, therefore they should have sense. It’s a messed up way to see it, but I know it’s the right, and hopefully you too see it that way.
In case you’re drawing, playing a song or whatever, keep that same thought: nothing you do lack of sense. Haven’t you seen great artist? most of their work is, for a lot of people, non-sensical. For you, is it?