I Need to Vent: Where To Turn
Updated December 06, 2018
Reviewer Wendy Galyen, LCSW, BC-TMH
If you need to vent, you aren't the only one. At one point or another, everyone needs to release fears, inner turmoil, and emotions. Without the willingness or ability to vent, you may carry negative emotions around with you for the rest of your life.
According to psychopharmacologist Candice Pert, humans store pent-up negative emotions in their very cells and tissues, eventually causing disease. But you don't need to proclaim your emotions and anxieties through a megaphone to be heard. Here are some healthy ways to set those emotions and anxieties free.
Know Who to Trust
Not everyone is a trusted confidant. Know who your trustworthy friends are by entrusting them with a little information at a time. If this information becomes public gossip, you know not to trust them with bigger issues. Protect yourself from embarrassment and frustration by voicing your emotions and concerns to trustworthy people.
Build A Support System
People who have a robust support system tend to be mentally and physically healthier than their peers who lack a support system. In fact, research has revealed that people who do not have a strong support system are fifty percent more likely to die from heart disease than those who have adequate support. In addition, people who have been diagnosed with a chronic disease are able to better manage symptoms with the help of positive relationships.
Ironically, to build a support system, you must first support others. If you approach people with a me-centered, consumerist perspective, you are less likely to form a strong bond. But if you take a genuine interest in the lives of others and they can see that you truly care, they will reciprocate the care and concern. To get love, you must first give love.
Join A Support Group
If you have an addiction, chronic disease, or a storied relationship history, you can join a support group designed just for you. Join a support group based on a topic near and dear to your heart to meet people who have overcome similar woes. When you start from a place of commonality, it is easier to form a lasting bonding.
Journaling has proven mental and physical benefits. The best part about journaling is that you can do it anywhere at any time. It is a healthy, easy-to-implement coping mechanism. And when you write down your fears and negative emotions, you don't have to worry about the possibility of judgment or criticism from others. Some studies have shown that regular gratitude journaling (or jotting down your blessings) can be as effective as antidepressants in managing the symptoms of depression.
If You Need To Vent, Talk To An Online Therapist
An online therapist is a nonjudgmental, caring individual who will listen patiently as you vent. Online therapy will allow you to release emotions and anxieties so that they will no longer burden you. Don't risk mental or physical dysfunction caused by pent-up negativity. Turn to an online therapist to vent your frustrations and hurts.