How Do You Vent?
We all find ourselves frustrated at times in our lives. This frustration may come from work, family, school, or just life in general. While there are many ways to deal with your frustrations many of us choose to vent. I found an interesting definition of venting in the Urban Dictionary. According to the Urban Dictionary venting is described as:
Talking is a coping mechanism that allows a person to rationalize and validate their fears, concerns, worries, dreams and hopes. If we are not allowed to vent, we end up bottling up our emotions which is detrimental to the human psyche and can end up suffering from it’s side effects. Such as Ulcers, depression, high blood pressure, anxiety migraines, fatigue.. the list goes on and on. So when you find yourself in the position of being the receiver of someone’s griping, moaning, bitching realize that not always is advice warranted but more or less you have become the outlet for someone’s Physical and Psychological health.
Venting is a form of release, a way for us to deal externally with internal issues. For many of us venting may be done verbally, we may talk about what is bothering us, we may curse, scream, shout or debate the issue. These are all verbal forms of venting.
For others venting means crying whether to yourself, to the pillow or to someone you love and trust. Crying allows us to release the emotions or deal with the pain and move from a place of pain to a place of healing.
Some others turn to shopping (one of my favorites) or what I like to call retail therapy. This provides the opportunity to get out of what you are feeling and focus on what is in front of you, hopefully a great sale!
Some other people vent by smoking or utilizing substances which I would not recommend, but is a form of outlet for some.
Spa days (whether home spa days or days at an actual spa) provide another source of venting. You also get rejuvenated and recharged.
Working out is also a great way to vent and a healthier way to vent. Working out is not only good for your mental health but for your physical health as well.
There is not right or wrong way to vent. The issue is that you be sure to vent and not hold on to what you are feeling. Being deliberate about expressing your feelings provides you a way take care of your mental and emotional health. Be sure to vent when you feel frustrated!