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Is Stess Knocking You Out? Venting Partner

Vent Your Stress, with a Venting Partner

Stress is defined as the response to events that threaten or challenge us. Stress occurs daily for every individual. Events such as an argument, death or divorce can increase stress. However, stress is also present while happy events such as marriage, a new baby or vacationing occur. Stress is necessary in daily life, but should be maintained at a controllable level to be healthy.  Everybody experiences stress in their daily lives that push them to their limits. Venting, like any cathartic expression, can leave an individual feeling relieved of those stressors.  In contrast to blaming, venting is expressing your frustrations, anger and other values violation reactions away from the situation where your values were violated. With a venting partner, you express your frustration in a different context . . . one that is safe for you and doesn't harm anyone directly, nor their reputation. The purpose is to bring about your healing related to what happened in the situation and how you reacted to it. Venting is a natural method of healing for those whose tendency under stress is blaming. Venting allows appropriate "venting partner" you can heal your hurt and stress without damaging the relationships involving you to debrief a situation that has violated your values in some way, big or small.  Once you have sufficiently healed, you can begin planning and designing ways to deal with the stress. The alternative is to react immediately, before healing, and the likely result is to do harm. People who keep things to themselves without sharing with their friends or loved ones carry a considerable and unnecessary burden.   If you donít find constructive ways to vent, you might end up venting in one of these unhealthy ways.  These can actually make your stress worse. There are ways to vent without hurting your loved ones or causing yourselftrouble at school or work.Talking can help more than anything. Letting your feelings out reduces the stress and lets you share the problem with someone else. Sometimes simply telling someone else makes the problem seem much smaller.If you are experiencing overwhelming stress, then something is broken and does need to be fixed. That change can be most effective if changing certain aspects of one's daily lifestyle.


When you find an event stressful, your body undergoes a series of responses. These come in three stages:

  • Mobilizing Energy
    Your body releases adrenaline, your heart beats faster and you start to breathe more quickly. Both good and bad events can trigger this reaction.
  • Consuming Energy Stores
    If you remain in the mobilizing energy stage for a period of time, your body begins to release stored sugars and fats. You will then feel driven, pressured and tired. You may drink more coffee, smoke more and drink more alcohol. You may also experience anxiety, negative thinking or memory loss, catch a cold or get the flu more often than normal.
  • Draining Energy Stores
If you do not resolve your stress problem, your body's need for energy will become greater than its ability to provide it. At this stage, you may experience insomnia, errors in judgment and personality changes. You may also develop a serious illness such as heart disease or be at risk of mental illness.

The Most Common Symptoms of Stress

Stress can cause a wide range of symptoms.  Different people will display different symptoms, because stress affects people in different ways.  Weíre going to look at some of the more common stress symptoms.

  1. Rapid heartbeat.  Stress often causes the heart to beat rapidly, even uncomfortably.
  2. Headaches.  Stress can cause tension headaches that can range from mild to severe.
  3. Stomach issues.  Nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, and vomiting are all common with stress.
  4. Rapid breathing.  Many people experience this.
  5. Muscle aches.  Stress can cause muscle tension, leading to backaches, stiff neck, and tight shoulders.
  6. Irritability.  Stress often makes people moody and irritable.
  7. Exhaustion.  Stressed people often feel mentally and physically exhausted.
  8. Nervousness.  Feeling jittery, jumpy, or scared is quite common.
  9. Difficulty concentrating.  Many people find they just canít concentrate when they are stressed.
  10. Excessive worry.  People under stress often worry a lot, even about things that they shouldnít.
  11. Bad temper.  Your temper may be a lot worse when you are under stress.

These are some of the most common symptoms of stress.  There can be many more.  When stress crosses over into anxiety or panic, these symptoms can intensify and be joined by many other symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see a medical professional.  Only a medical professional can diagnose stress and make sure you arenít suffering from a serious physical condition that could be life threatening.

We at Venting Partnerís will allow you to vent in a safe and secure way, and also help you learn new way to control the stress in your life.
  • Understanding stress
  • Coping with stress
  • Stress prevention
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