When In Doubt, Talk It Out: Why Does Talking About Your Feelings Help?

When In Doubt, Talk It Out: Why Does Talking About Your Feelings Help?

Have you ever had something on your mind that you just couldn’t stop thinking about, even if you tried?

Maybe you are stressed about taking that final exam because you haven’t had the time to study for it. After all, working a full-time job and going to school is not easy.

Maybe you just found out that your friends have all been hanging out without you. You found out through Instagram.

Maybe you have issues in your personal relationship and don’t want to get the people closest to you involved. Such as a partner being disloyal.

Maybe you feel guilty about something you did and want to get it off your chest.

Maybe you didn’t get the promotion you felt you deserved. Instead, it went to someone else you felt didn’t qualify for it.

It’s pretty hard to bypass these kinds of experiences and pretend that everything is okay and that we are not affected by them what’s going on around us. In reality, we are influenced by our environment and the people around us, and sometimes things just end up not being in our favor. It’s unfortunate, but it happens to all of us.

When we find ourselves in a state of shock or disbelief, it can sometimes be challenging to dictate precisely how we feel about what’s happening to us.

Do we feel sad? Angry? Pissed-off? Lonely? Shame? Happy? Frustrated? Mistreated? Betrayed? Relieved? Wronged? Disappointed?

We know that sometimes we can’t ignore what we are feeling or push them aside.

No matter what we are going through, it’s a good idea to identify how we are feeling, followed by talking about why we are feeling the way we do.

That’s why it’s essential to talk about our thoughts and feelings when we feel like they take up way too much mental space than we’d like them to.

When it becomes too much, it’s best to talk about it to someone.

Why Is It So Important To Talk About Your Feelings?

Bottling up your feelings can do more harm than good. Suppressing your emotions and tucking them away for later can cause you to explode. Worst case scenario.

Dr. Edmund Bourne, the author of “The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook,” suggests that holding your feelings might cause you to suffer anxiety, depression, headaches, high blood pressure, and more.

Yikes!

He also suggests that learning to identify and express your feelings can reduce or eliminate those symptoms.

Phew…there’s hope!

The Benefits of Talking It Out

For most people, talking about feelings and thoughts is no easy task. However, talking about how you are feeling is one of the best ways to practice self-care.

Without having the ability or space to talk about how you really feel, you may experience having difficulty concentrating, sleeping, going about your day, and/or really focusing on the things that really matter to you.

Learning how to and practicing how to talk about how you feel as many benefits, such as:

  • Release stress — After all, venting is a coping mechanism.
  • Process your thoughts
  • You make better decisions
  • Practice your communication skills
  • Strengthen your relationships
  • You feel supported

As you can see, there are several benefits to talking about your feelings. But most importantly, venting or healthily talking about your emotions is also critical.

In conclusion…

Talking about it comes with several benefits. In contrast, not talking about it cause you to suffer a wide range of health problems, including anxiety, depression, and more.

The process or action of talking about it is not an easy one but know that whenever you need someone to talk to, Hapi is available whenever you need it.

After all, we are 24/7 and are here to listen.

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