There are many ways to deal with stress. Exercise, mindfulness, spending time in nature are all effective ways to manage your stress. There is another way to manage stress which is very simple and incredibly effective – talking.
In military settings, research has shown that soldiers of war who talked about the stress they experienced suffered less PTSD than those who didn’t talk. Talk therapy has also shown to be a powerful treatment for people suffering depression or anxiety and can often ease symptoms when used alongside medication.
Talking alleviates stress in many ways. You may not be seeking the answers to what is stressing you, but just giving voice to your concerns can allow you to see the wood from the trees and even discover solutions for yourself.
Alternatively, you maybe wanting feedback or advice from another person. Bouncing ideas off someone and getting their input can often help you see your problems in a different light. We are innate social beings, so it’s natural and normal to reach out to others for advice.
Family and friends can be a great to talk to (providing they are not the problem in the first place). A trusted work colleague or even relevant online forums can be a great resource. It’s important we don’t bottle our stress up, which, over time, can affect our health.
How to approach tough conversations
If the thought of having a tough conversation with someone is stressing you out, a great model to follow is the SBI model – Situation, Behaviour, Impact. For more on this print out the SBI model framework.
Simply talking can take the weight off our chest and help alleviate the symptoms of stress.