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Do you feel better now?
Venting is a good way to deal with stress.
One member, and I wish to God that I could remember her name, posted something that made quiet an impression on me. She said that a therapist recommended the actual writing in a journal is a better way of expressing oneself than typing on a computer keyboard.
Being one who has been keeping journals for way over 40 years, I have to agree with that technique. Journaling in words and images is a great catharsis.
Julia Cameron, in her book The Artist's Way
, recommends doing a technique called "Morning Pages". Basically, Ms. Cameron encourages us to, the first thing after we awake, write for 15 minutes, not caring about penmanship, spelling
, sentence structure or subject. We are to just express our thoughts in the written word.
I tried Ms. Cameron's technique for a while, found it therapeutic, but tweaked it a bit to my own style. I tend to write neatly in block letters about whatever subject is on my mind but stop and do drawings, usually cartoons about the subject at hand.
I had one heck of a stressful shift last night with multiple admissions, behaviors, areas of medical concern, etc. I handled things well, partially due to great coworkers, but awoke in a foul mood. So, the first thing I did, as I typically do, was to write about the various occurrences and draw a few cartoons. Then I got on the computer to AN.com in good spirits.
I do not enjoy getting on the computer in a bad mood. It's too stimulating for me, for whatever reason. Perhaps getting on AN.com and venting for others is therapeutic, but not for me. I need that time to readjust my attitude so I won't be a PITA on AN.com. I am my own PITA in my journaling, do a few humorous cartoons, and all is right with the world.
Something to consider...