We all have those times in our work, social, and home lives when we need to vent. I think that we literally have to do it for the sake of our mental and physical health. It isn’t healthy to keep things that are bothering us all pent up inside because they will begin to manifest themselves in harmful ways both mentally and physically. We might become short-tempered toward people that don’t deserve it. It can disrupt our sleep and other healthy habits like eating right. I am an emotional eater and when I get angry or frustrated, I crave sweets. I’m a Type 1 diabetic so that’s definitely not good. It can affect our home, social, and work relationships. It will affect our work, creative endeavors, and our leisure time if we don’t deal with it. When I have too much going on inside my head and I haven’t dealt with it, my OCD and ADHD go into hyperdrive. And other side effects, for me, are utter and complete bitchiness and total frustration. Venting has gotten a bad rap but, as I said, I really do think it’s something we need to do occasionally. The trick is finding the right time and place and vent and, most importantly, the right person to whom you can vent. Maybe work something out with a friend so that each of you can take care of venting. If you’re only venting to your spouse, for example, they’ll probably get tired of it after a while. Same goes for friends or other relatives. But, if you find someone or even a couple of someones, to share venting time with it will be beneficial for everyone. Maybe have dinner and/or drinks once a month or go to a spa together or even take a road trip. Vent and have a good time…win-win. Get some friends together and talk about…see if they’re interested. It could be beneficial in so many ways. And, seriously, what have you got to lose?
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