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What Fuels Your Emotional Car?

What helps you keep going every day? Like a car that needs fuel (whether gas or electric), replenishment is essential to your well-being. Consider what you’re using to recharge or refuel. When navigating the daily elements of work, loved ones, unexpected stressors, and challenging people and circumstances — fueling up with intention can substantively impact your experience. Try these emotional fueling agents and see which ones fill you up:

  • Journaling, creative writing

  • Making art, music, a meal

  • Taking a walk, hiking

  • Exercising, yoga, dance

  • Connecting with a supportive person

  • Seeing a provider

  • Being in nature

  • Going somewhere new

Consider combining two of the above and seeing how benefits amplify (such as journaling in nature or going somewhere new with a friend). You might be surprised by which combinations serve you well.


Lou Lim is a licensed mental health counselor and registered expressive arts therapist (REAT) with a master's degree in Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. He is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and on the committee for REAT credentialing. He has 13 years of experience in counseling and expressive therapy working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and retirees.

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