Five Easy Ways to Vent Safely
Have you ever had one of those days where everything was going wrong? You missed a deadline, you lost a good client, an oft-promised cheque still hasn’t arrived, final notice on your cable bill came today, the client isn’t buying into the concept, your spouse is upset, your dog has fleas, and to top it all off – you just dropped your bread, and it landed butter side down. Worst Monday ever.
Here are 5 tips to help you blow off some steam before you climb up to the bell tower.
- Me Time – Go for a walk, go have a coffee, get extra sprinkles on an ice cream, whatever. Take 30 minutes for yourself. You’ll be amazed at how hard it is to explode when you’re halfway through a peanut buster parfait. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts.
- Buddy up – Before you get to the worst day ever, find a friend/coworker/distant relative and make an agreement to allow each other to vent – occasionally. Having someone that can listen and understand can help you refocus on your priorities. And hearing someone else whinge and whine about their piddly problems can be cathartic.
- Shout it out – Find a safe and quiet location – quiet as in no one can hear you, not quiet as in your local library – and then let it out. Hoot, holler, yell, cry, scream, speak in tongues. Say what’s on your mind until you can’t say anymore.
- Write it down – Write an email to yourself. CAUTION – write it to you, and to you alone. Make sure your name is the only one in the “to” field. Pour everything into the email. Construct cohesive thoughts, and organize your frustrations from terrible to horrible. Read this email. Do not save this email. Delete this email – do not send this email. If your email client has a self destruct option, blow up this email. This can be applied to any of your favourite communication channels – but like Thursday says in her recent article – be careful of burning bridges.
- Take inventory – Sure, everything sucks today. But you still get to live in a nice place, and you’re going to be able to find more clients. Make a list of all of the great things in your life. Like reading FreelanceSwitch every day – does it get better than this?
I’m sure exercise works for many of you, but I think I’ve been clear on my beliefs around that topic. What do you do to blow off some steam?