Gripe, Grumble, Groan
I think that sometimes complaining gets a bad rap. Talking is therapeutic. My whole degree is about talking and communicating and the healing power of sharing struggles and successes with other people. Complaining is just a specific type of communication that requires a certain type of audience. I think sharing is what makes people, well, people. Finding people to support you, whether they are a willing participant in your life or fill a professional role that you access, can create that safe complaining space you need. The trickiest thing about complaining is recognizing when you have successfully accomplished the action of complaining. There is a fine line between complaining as sharing your negative experiences and becoming the dreaded… complainer. If you have a hard time finding that line, the people you complain to will likely be able to let you know. As a complainer, you may be complained about. Such is the circle of complaints.