Self-Care, Wellness

Talk, Write & Speak Your Mind to Vent Stress

I added a blog as an extension of my Homespunspa business because I wanted to add to the conversation of how to manage stress and get a good night’s sleep especially during these tough economic times.

Since I got the idea of adding a blog, I have started working full-time at the Ministry of Forests as a correspondence writer. I get to answer the Minister’s mail. Over the last few weeks, I have heard many stories of how people in British Columbia are suffering. We’ve had a massive, unprecedented mountain pine beetle attack on our forests. Then the housing crisis in the United States has reduced the call for lumber. Consequently the mills have closed and people have lost their jobs. And then the world’s economy tanked. Yup, feeling stressed is putting it mildly for some people in this province.

Some people end up writing to the government hoping to get answers. What are they supposed to do? How are they supposed to pay their bills and feed their families? Is anyone out there listening?

Today I just wanted to say, yes, when you take the time to write a letter to the government, you are being heard. And I think that’s a healthy way to manage stress. You have to communicate how you’re feeling. That’s step one. Talking to your friends and family and writing letters will help.

A couple of weekends ago, I had coffee with a friend of mine. I just needed to talk — not about anything in particular. I just needed to connect with someone and afterwards I did feel better.

Step two is actually feeling heard. The problem doesn’t have to get fixed on the spot but maybe having a conversation will generate some brainstorming and get some ideas rolling.

There’s no point in bottling things up. That’s a pressure cooker waiting to explode.

So that’s my tip for this week. Talk, write and speak your mind to vent your stress. And if you don’t have anybody in your life you think will listen, write a comment on this blog. It might help. Or start your own blog. There’s an idea.

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