It’s okay to vent
Recently, I went to lunch with a friend who later thanked me for listening to them “moan and groan,” and admitted they felt better. People need to know that it’s okay to vent, in the proper place at the proper time and with the proper person. It’s good to talk to someone who is not emotionally attached to the situation.
We are human beings, the human “race”, and as we race through our days, we can forget that there are people around us who could use a friend. On the other hand, sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own lives that we can feel alone, even in a crowd.
In this time of social distancing, it’s more important than ever to find a trusted friend, family member, pastor, counselor or coach that you can just let your thoughts flow to. Someone who is not going to judge you, offer to fix it, or even offer advice (unless you ask them too). A person who is happy to sit with you and listen.
If you ever get to a point where you think you may hurt yourself, or someone else – please ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it actually takes great courage. Whether you call a friend, family member or neighbor, or call 911… whichever you choose, please choose to ask for help. There are people who care, even if they don’t know you, they care about you, and will do everything in their power to help. The national suicide hotline is 800-273-8255 if you are a veteran press 1 to get to someone who understands military life.
I hope it doesn’t get to that point. Venting to someone you trust is a great way to take the first step towards releasing all the thoughts that are frustrating you.