Anything that has an ENGINE needs a VENTING SYSTEM, whether it is a car, power plant, generator etc, the need for a venting system is so that the engine doesn’t overheat and explode. Our MINDS and our BRAINS need to be able to VENT also, otherwise it will likewise explode.
It is said that 70% of ALL ILLNESS are PSYCHOSOMATIC, what this means is that when our mind/brain is overwhelmed by stress and negative thoughts etc, the stress is carried over into the body resulting in a variety of illness such as eczema, asthma, heart problems, pains and a weak immune system. Therefore we need to vent our minds.
One of the scientific Laws of Thermodynamics is that “Energy cannot be created or destroyed” “It can only be converted to another type of Energy” or it will remain the same and build up until released. So our mental energy built up through stress or overworking our mind/Brain will have to be released one way or another. Typically, the mental overload of energy will be converted to our body in the form of Kinetic
Energy or Physical Energy, resulting in us having to release this energy through a physical action and sadly we may release it in destructive ways such as anger, violence, even sexual aggression. The energy we have stored in our mind can only be stored for so long and then it will eventually explode with results we didn’t desire, so we need to be able to learn to take that mental build up of energy and release it as kinetic/physical in a productive and positive way.
To vent our minds we can do many things, here are a few that can be used to convert our mental energy into physical energy.
Exercise, which would involve bringing your heart rate above its normal resting rate, so if your normal heart rate is about 80 beats per minute then bring it up to around 120 beats per minute, any less than 100 will not have a significant effect and anything over 140 may be too much for you depending on your fitness level and age, this can include aerobics, weightlifting, running/jogging, power walking, cycling and swimming. “exercises” such as yoga and tai chi are not effective in using physical energy in a powerful enough way and are not Christian practices.
Other activities that are not so much physically energetic but are creative and productive and will give you a sense of achievement are story writing and song writing, both of which are good for a person to release their thoughts and emotions through, especially song writing, when you choose a piece of music that can help you release your emotions positively and lifts your mood, also even sad types of music can be used to let out emotions that are pent up, as long as we end the song on a positive note though, or we will get depressed every time we listen to it.
Gardening, building, craft work, even house work as long as the task is done in a relaxed manner, not in a way that is rushed or frustrating, it is important that what we do doesn’t ADD to our mental stress, it is meant to release it positively. Our mind/brain needs to be vented as often as possible, so it’s expedient that we do it on a regular basis, put time aside for your mind to vent, realise that your mental energy MUST be used not stored and then result in an explosion.
We hear of people or even know people who “explode” and it seems to come out of nowhere, we think or say to the person “what on earth was that about???” it was a result of the person storing their mental frustration, worries, questions e.t.c., and something that comes along and “Is the straw that breaks the camels back.” The person may not mean to explode and as long as it is not abusive then we should seek to console them and understand and help them, if they are abusive then they should seek therapy if it is an ongoing thing.
So let us take time to VENT, but make it good and constructive, we will see a calmer and more controlled version of ourselves and a healthier version spiritually, mentally and physically.
Jason is a registered Psychotherapist, a singer- songwriter.