What is your Catharsis?

United States
April 11, 2017 9:10pm CST
Google defines catharsis as processing and releasing repressed emotions... It's purging or releasing your "demons" so to speak in the most powerful way possible... So what is it that helps you to purge yourself from pain and sorrow? For me it is reading, writing, or even just daydreaming... I have used music in the past, and still do sometimes. I pick a song that I know will make me cry, even if it is not related to the emotional struggles I am facing.. I will listen to it and I will allow myself to cry. Once I have cried myself out, I feel refreshed and revived... It is probably one of the quickest ways for me to "reboot" but it isn't always the best for me... Writing is the best as it allows me to face the "demons" and "slay" them where as music just allows for the release without the proper processing that is needed to understand my emotions.. So what is it that you do to free yourself from the built up emotions?
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Apr 17
Listen to music and riding my bike.
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• United States
12 Apr 17
At the same time?
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Apr 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum - Actually, no. I like to hear everything around me.
• United States
13 Apr 17
@teamfreak16 I would hope so... You can't really trust drivers to be mindful of anything on two wheels, bicycle or motorbike.
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@Slayqueen (944)
• India
12 Apr 17
I would cry and sleep after that. Or sometimes I watch an inspirational movie, it really diverts my mind from sadness and all the pain. I can see things clearly after it.
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• United States
13 Apr 17
Inspriational movies would just make me cry even harder...
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• India
14 Apr 17
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• United States
14 Apr 17
@Slayqueen A lot of them are tear jerkers...
@Sambriel (623)
13 Apr 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum Jazz music is my best bet at such times while I take a longvl with a close friend. . .
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• United States
13 Apr 17
a longvl?
@Shellyann36 (9886)
• United States
12 Apr 17
I write and read and when I am very upset I cry. Of course, the crying, while cleansing the soul, also gives me a headache and a stuffy sinus!
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• United States
12 Apr 17
I don't think I get the headache, or if I do I don't remember it. I tend to cry until I fall asleep...
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
12 Apr 17
I would try to keep myself busy and do not allow negative thoughts to flow in my mind. If I am feeling stressed, I would discuss the issue with a near and dear one and venting out gives me a big relief.
• United States
12 Apr 17
I am glad those things work for you. Keeping myself busy helps sometimes but then it also leads to me "thinking" too much as well.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
13 Apr 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum - You say that - "'Keeping myself busy helps sometimes but then it also leads to me "thinking" too much as well" .........you see if you remain idle, won't it lead to thinking too much?
@Courtlynn (66179)
• United States
12 Apr 17
Music and talking to someone
• United States
12 Apr 17
I don't always have the luxury of word vomiting to people... but that is nice when you can.
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12 Apr 17
I sleep. I sometimes think the best catharsis would be being able to sleep for ever. Also, I clean. Manically. And tidy. And change things around. If you need to know what sort of mood I'm in, just take a gander at what I'm doing ... if I'm feeling pain and sorrow, I will be cleaning, or hiding in my bed.
• United States
12 Apr 17
It would be very beneificial for me if cleaning was a way for me to feel better... but it rarely is. As for sleeping, I have used that in the past. In fact, I used it to a detrimental extent. When I was married, towards the end, I was so unhappy that I slept for the most of the day and night... My body got used to that, and of course that wasn't good... I mean, i would sleep easily 18 hours of the day.
@andriaperry (50802)
• United States
12 Apr 17
I try not not hold onto anything and deal with it as it happens.
• United States
12 Apr 17
Well I applaud you for that. I try to let things go, but some things still fester and come back... Especially childhood grievances.