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In Focus: 5 Ways a "Vent Buddy" Can Help You Through Your Struggles

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No one can go through life without making connections with other people, especially if you're struggling. Due to our need for a support system, the existence of a "vent buddy" comes in. A vent buddy is a person you can rant to about everything, no matter how small or big it may seem.

According to research, having a vent buddy contributes to your well-being since it's better to release your frustrations than keep it to yourself. If you're the type of person who prefers to keep their problems all to themselves, we listed down below the ways that having a vent buddy is good for your sanity. 

1. You can see a different perspective. 

Sometimes when we struggle about something, it might be the universe saying that we're doing something wrong. Talking to a vent buddy will help you see things from a different perspective and realize the things that you might be doing wrong if there are. It's also nice to have someone who will give you advice, especially when you know that they always have your best interests at heart when you're walking through difficult situations.  

2. You'll have an easier time to cope. 

When you have a vent buddy, you'll be able to release any bottled up emotions and rants you have in your life. As much as you might prefer to keep your problems to yourself, it has been proven that opening up to someone you trust will give you an easier time to cope and lower the tensions you feel within. 

3. You'll become more empathetic.

You have to know that having a vent buddy goes both ways. If they're your vent buddy, you're their vent buddy, too. Interacting with someone who might also be going through something tough can help you practice empathy. When you become each other's vent buddies, you're able to guide each other to stay healthy mentally and emotionally. 

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4. They can help you relax. 

During the days when you feel emotionally wrecked or physically drained, you are more likely to be stressed, which might lead to an emotional or mental breakdown—and that's something we know you don't want to happen. Having a vent buddy will help you relax as they give you soothing words or quality time which can melt the tension away.

5. You feel less alone. 

Most of the time, when we are going through hard times, we assume that we can't talk to anyone because no one will understand our pain. That's why you have to know that having a vent buddy will make you feel less lonely because there's a friend who understands and cares for you no matter how low you feel. 

Honestly, we're not looking for someone who will give us the best advice in the world. At the end of the day, we all just want someone who will listen to us and express empathy to our situation, and having a vent buddy will do just that! So do yourself a favor and don't be afraid to connect with someone that you can trust. We're sure that once you find them, they'll be glad that they have you in their life, too.  

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