Hi there!
My name is Bob

By trade, I'm a flight attendant, and I've worked in the industry for 10 years. I'm happily married, and I have a daughter that continues to make me proud. During my extensive time as a flight attendant, I've met and connected with many people from many different backgrounds. Given the role, good conversational and listening skills are a must. Therefore, I pride myself on being able to build a connection with anyone I meet.

When the pandemic hit, it became apparent that mental health-related problems were on the rise. For a time, quarantines became the new normal, and with them, it became increasingly more difficult for people to connect with one another. People became physically shut-off from the world. We may not realize it, but socializing has a big impact on the state of our mental health. For those who live alone, reaching out can become that much harder. I wanted to help, in any way I could.

This is why I've started volunteering my ear to those who need it. I believe that talking is essential to living a healthy life, and that everyone deserves someone to talk to. Without communicating our thoughts and feelings, they're left to bottle up inside us, and worsen over time.

If you need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out. I'd love to hear from you. If you need to chat, or even vent, I have all the time in the world."

How talking can be therapeutic:

Stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness – these are natural emotions experienced by every person to some degree. For some, it can be managed. For others, it can be overwhelming. The longer these feelings go unchecked, the worse they get. This can result in an all-around lack of satisfaction in life.

Without an outlet, it can be hard to shake these feelings, and we can sometimes find ourselves feeling emotionally or mentally trapped. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 264 million people suffer from depression worldwide.

Globally, this has caused depression to become the leading cause of disability. It makes you wonder, what would that figure look like if more people had someone to talk to?

Today, we’re going to look at how the simple act of talking can remedy some of those thoughts and feelings that are fogging up your mind, and how talking can become an outlet for you to lead a healthier, more fulfilled lifestyle.

The power of conversation

Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, comes in many forms, and is a type of therapy that allows mental health professionals to identify areas of emotional or mental concern. It’s structured, intentful, and evidence based. A 2018 study suggests that severely bereaved people had a lower chance of developing long-term mental health conditions when treated with talk therapy.

Talking to a mental health professional is always the recommended option, but the reality is that it’s not something that’s accessible to everyone. Instead, the next best thing would be to borrow the ear of someone that you trust. This could be a friend, a partner, or even your doctor to start with.

Having someone to discuss your thoughts with gives you more clarity on where those thoughts are coming from.

How talking can help you

Talking about your problems out loud gives you the opportunity to identify negative thoughts, as well as where they are coming from. It gives you perspective. Once you find the problem, you will have a better grasp on what you can do to help solve it. Positive changes can only begin once you
know what the problem is.

Not only is the act of talking beneficial, but also the realization that what you are saying is being heard. More often than not, all we need is someone to listen to what we have to say. In a world of noise, being heard can make all the difference.

Talking also helps you see things in a different light. When our thoughts sit in our head, it’s easy for us to develop tunnel vision, only seeing the situation in one way. Having someone look at your problems from the outside-in can provide a practical and level-headed perspective.

Don’t like talking? 
 Try texting instead

For some, speaking out can prove challenging. If you consider yourself an introvert, or even just a more socially reserved person, it can feel like you’re talking with a stranger.

Rather than talk it out in person or over the phone, try typing it out. Many online services allow you to reach out to a professional through channels like live chat, email, or SMS. Some services even go so far as to offer complete confidentiality, so you can rest easy knowing the person on the other end doesn’t know who you are. This is often the preferred alternative for those who would otherwise find a verbal conversation too awkward.

No matter how you go about doing it, reaching out is always the first step in the right direction.

Conclusion

For some, speaking out can prove challenging. If you consider yourself an introvert, or even just a more socially reserved person, it can feel like you’re talking with a stranger.

Rather than talk it out in person or over the phone, try typing it out. Many online services allow you to reach out to a professional through channels like live chat, email, or SMS. Some services even go so far as to offer complete confidentiality, so you can rest easy knowing the person on the other end doesn’t know who you are. This is often the preferred alternative for those who would otherwise find a verbal conversation too awkward.

No matter how you go about doing it, reaching out is always the first step in the right direction.

If you’re feeling a little emotionally disorientated, try finding someone to talk to. Remind yourself that there are, quite literally, millions of others in the world going through a situation not unlike your own.

Don’t let those negative thoughts circulate in your head. Life is too short, and although it may seem frightening, make the move and talk to someone.