Let It All Out

I do not feel pain, well I am just really good at ignoring it, so that never keeps me awake at night.  I do not have insomnia because of depression, anxiety, mental illness or stress, as I am a pretty well rounded person, that hardly ever gets nervous or irritable.  I really am not the kind of person that goes around discussing my emotions, as I more or less tend to roll with the punches and laugh most of my problems off.  My mottos are, “Nobody ever promised that life was going to be easy” and “Life sucks and then you die”, both of which keep me from wondering what went wrong in my life. In an average day a person might experience traffic snarls, rude colleagues and unexpected delays, which can all cause stress.  Your body will react accordingly to what it encounters and certain situations may cause your adrenalin to increase, which in turn will prepare your body for a fight or flight response, or your heart might beat more rapidly to improve your blood supply, or your blood pressure might rise and your breathing could accelerate and also acidity may build up in your stomach.

Life is a series of ups and downs and we need a way to control the downs.  It is often necessary to air out your frustrations, as only the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  If you don’t complain about problems that are not your fault, then you leave yourself open for others to take advantage of you.  Venting keeps people from exploding, it is the method that people use to blow off steam.  When a situation becomes unsustainable, then something has to give.

Getting something off your chest may help you think more logically.  There will always be those situations in life where you are forced to ‘suck it up’, but venting is usually a good way to control an agitated mood and get you to see things clearly again.  Things happen in life and sometimes life can be a bitch.  You may feel frustrated when certain things don’t go your way.  If something messes up your plans you may feel demoralized.  Times are rough these days, things have a way of slipping out of your control, especially when these things don’t go in your favor and it may seem that everyone is fighting against you.  Anyone can have a bad day and when things go really bad your last resort may be complaining.  Holding in your anger, sadness, or frustration will most likely result in building up unnecessary stress.  When you find yourself in an unpleasant situation, then you should vent instead of letting it ruin your life.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #23 which asks, “How do you manage or deal with stress? Is there a specific strategy or approach that you’ve found to be particularly effective?”

12 thoughts on “Let It All Out

  1. Good post Jim…I read where a 20 something-year-old woman had terminal cancer…she said before she passed…”Don’t sweat the small stuff”…very simple advice…but I try to live by that now and put things in perspective.

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    1. I understand that mental health is a big issue these days and because I don’t suffer from this, it is hard for me to understand. I have sympathy for people with mental health issues, but I feel that a lot of people are making mountains out of mole hills. Statistics show that the overall suicide rate has increased in more than half of US states last year and this is a serious issue. I understand that society has changed and people are influenced by more things now, but I still think that people who lived in the past had it much worse than we do today.

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      1. Yes I believe people make way too much of some things.
        I agree with you that more things are known now and that helps.
        The teenage suicides that we hear about is really sad… Social media doesn’t help. You and I had bullying in our day and we took care of it…now its on a different scale. Personally I didn’t allow my son to have a FB page when he was that young.

        I know though we didn’t hear about as much during our time.

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      2. In two weeks from tomorrow I am going to discuss the song ‘Teach Your Children’ on my new MM Music challenge and I would love for you to write some of your thoughts about being a parent. Tomorrow I will discuss ‘The Mighty Quinn’ and I expect that to be a lot of fun, stop by and check it out.

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      3. I would love to…I don’t claim to be the best parent but we are close. It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life.
        I will check it out

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