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Our blood is boiling, but there’s nothing else to be said. And as much as we want someone to hurt as we do, it’s time to walk away. All the same, we must discharge this pent up energy and let off steam.

Unfortunately, every encounter doesn’t come with a calm and peaceful ending.

Sometimes we’re left with many pent up emotions and there’s nothing left to do to change the situation.

We’re then tempted to lash out to give voice to our experience.

It’s not that we’re looking for revenge per se. In our rational mind we might know the situation is fair even if it didn’t play out as we would’ve liked.

But our inner experience and turmoil still demands expression.

And while certainly it’s good to talk through things if others have offended us, sometimes there is no true offense – we’re just in our feelings.

We must be intentional about how we let off steam or we’re more likely to take it out on others, or even the family dog.

Letting off steam minimizes our risk of constipation of the soul.

Generally speaking, whenever our emotions cause our blood to boil, we need a physical outlet to relieve the pressure.

Taking a walk or getting a good yell in can be very cathartic.

Channeling our emotions into some sort of creative outlet can also be very beneficial.

For instance, art often expresses the movements of our soul much better than words.

Perhaps there’s a song that speaks to our experience. Or maybe a hobby allows us to creatively work out what we’re working through internally.

Whatever it looks like, we do well to let off steam and give meaningful expression to our inner experience.  This allows us to self-regulate and to continue in our practice of love.

Don’t let your unchecked emotions boil over and cause more hurt and pain. Care for your own soul by intentionally letting off steam.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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