Sometimes you just feel like hollering. Out of frustration, anger, fear, disappointment… it’s been building up for too long and it’s time to let it out.
And so you do.
Here are the potential benefits of a good vent: Venting helps you work through your feelings which, in turn, is a step toward accepting the challenges you’re facing. It’s a way to let out all those feelings that have been building up in your mind, taking up valuable space that could be better used for thinking and decision-making. And fighting your feelings is fighting yourself. And when you stop the fight, you’re in a better position to find solutions.
A caution: Venting can turn into a rant, which is a lot of angry words that go on and on and don’t really go anywhere (and drive everybody else away in the process). Venting helps you to release feelings, while ranting is a way of hanging on to them.
I recently posted an article on how to vent in a way that can benefit you emotionally and not leave everyone around you running for the hills. Here’s a link:
What about you? Do you find it helpful to vent when you are feeling especially frustrated? Or not so helpful? Are you giving yourself permission to vent or holding back? And if you are a regular venter, how to you vent in a way that in a way that benefits you?
As always, I’m looking forward to hearing about your experiences!
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