Whether your preferred method of venting is squeezing a stress ball, hitting a punching bag or simply talking to a confidant, expressing your frustrations seems to elevate your mood and purge feelings of negativity. Expressing yourself makes it easier to let go of negative emotions, which is always welcome, as opposed to bottling up your anger.
IT LEADS TO IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION
Let’s say you just had a bad meeting with your boss at work and you need a moment to vent to your trusted work bestie. Pulling your friend aside for a lunchtime chat (preferably in person and not through work emails) can make you feel better in a matter of minutes.
IT LEADS TO SOLUTIONS
Emotions will inevitably fuel your initial vent session. But what happens next? New York Magazine writer Melissa Dahl suggests that shifting your mindset away from your emotions and towards finding a solution to your problem is effective when venting. “Isn’t part of the whole breaking up process that you get free reign to whine to your friends?”
IT WELCOMES DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
If you’re venting to your friends, they’re bound to offer their own perspective and advice on the situation at hand. While you’re entitled to your feelings and opinions on the matter, hearing the perspective of someone who wasn’t originally involved may be enlightening and helpful.
IT DOESN’T CONSUME ALL OF YOUR ATTENTION
Wouldn’t it be perfect if venting completely erased any semblance of the original source of frustration from your mind? In reality, that’s not always the case. Nonetheless, when venting actually gives you some relief, that problem no longer consumes all of your attention and allows you to shift your focus to other matters.
Just talk. We are here to Listen.