“First World Problems” a term I often use when I see someone complaining about stuff that I think to be trivial. Sometimes, it could be a broken iPhone (shocker) or missed bus (horror) stuff that carries no life changing qualities. But I’ve also found myself saying it and hashtagging it when I hear or see something I consider to be “not a real problem”. But who am I to decide that something is not a real problem?
I believe it’s ok to complain. It’s good to vent. If we think that a problem is too small too share and we bottle it up, that’s when we have issues.
Obviously, we should always count our blessings and be grateful for all we have. But, it is wrong to shame ourselves and others for wanting to share, no matter how small we may deem it to be.
Studies have shown that venting reduces bad emotions. The more you expose about yourself and how you feel, the better your mood will be. Realizing someone else has the same problem as you, instantly makes you feel better, you realize you are not alone.
Other studies conducted have found that sharing allows us to look at a problem more rationally and find a way of solving it. If we make more of an effort to support each other, the world could be a much happier place.
Nothing is more beneficial than discussing a problem out loud, it helps you to see it more clearly. It will help you to be more objective and think of solutions you hadn’t thought of.
I know from my own personal experiences that deciding who to talk to can be half the battle. Friends and family are always a great source of support and comfort. Counselling can also be life changing, not only does it give you a place to share and vent but you can learn ways of coping and what you say won’t leave the room.
All in all, sharing is most definitely caring, no matter how big or small the problem may seem. Never feel alone. There is always a friendly ear.
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