You don’t need a pen and paper to express your feelings.

Dealing with hard feelings can be tough no matter what the situation is. So, many students turn to journalling as a method of self-expression to cope with their troubles.

Although there are many scientific benefits to journalling, this method of self-care isn’t everyone’s cup of tea—and the last thing you need when you’re already struggling is (more) homework.

If journalling isn’t for you, don’t worry; we can help you out! Put your pen and paper to the side and learn how to handle hard feelings when you don’t like journalling.


Vegetables working out.

Playing a sport, taking a yoga class or even going for a run are great sources for handling your feelings. Scientifically, exercise is proven to help with mental health and stress as it releases endorphins in the brain that help relax muscles and relieve tension.

You can check out the Humber Fitness Centres website to take part in some awesome virtual fitness classes!

Paint your feelings

Hand painting a wall pink.

Painting, or creating any kind of visual art, can be a very therapeutic outlet to promote stress relief. Don’t worry about being the next Picasso or da Vinci—just paint whatever you feel like.

And, if you need to express some harsher emotions, splatter painting is a great option (take that, canvas!)

Listen to music (or try writing your own!)

Taylor Swift preforming at the Grammys.

Listening to your favourite artist or music genre can help you better understand your emotions as you hear others express their stories through song. After all, artists are real people; and many songs are written when artists are in vulnerable states.

With that in mind, it could also be helpful to try writing a song for yourself! You never know—your latest heartbreak might turn you into a multi-award-winning superstar like Taylor Swift (or it’ll just help you process your breakup. Either way, you benefit.)

Bake a cake!

Cutting a chocolate cake.

A yummy dessert can always cheer you up. Turn on your favourite tunes, preheat the oven and get to work!

There is such an array of recipes online nowadays that, no matter your palate or dietary restrictions, your baking options are pretty much endless. But, if you need a place to start, we love this chocolate mug cake recipe from Julie Chiou.

Clean up your room

Spongebob Squarepants exhaustedly cleaning up.

Sometimes a fresh and clean room is exactly what you need to deal with your emotions. When your physical space is messy, your mental space will be too.

Do a load of laundry, sweep the floors, tidy up your desk and, after, you can relax without the stress of a mess.

Read a book

Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" gliding on a ladder in front of books.

Take a break from the real world and escape into a new reality.

As students, most of our reading is often done for classes; but there are so many new worlds to explore when you read for fun! And you never know, you might find a super relatable story and gain some new insights on how to deal with whatever is causing you trouble.

Talk it out

Basketball player helping his teammate off the ground.

As hard as it can be to reach out to someone, it can feel like a breath of fresh air. If you’re looking for an unbiased third-party to confide in, Humber’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) is here to help!

The SWAC has free, confidential, virtual counselling services available to all Humber and UofGH students that can:

  • Support you
  • Help you work through problems
  • Work with you to reach your goals
  • Help you function effectively as a learner

To book your appointment, visit the SWAC’s website or email

Hard feelings are tough. But you’re tougher, and IGNITE’s got your back through it all.

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