- To express (one’s thoughts or feelings about the workcover system, the way a claim is managed, a way a case manager behaves, for example), especially forcefully
- an outlet: give vent to one’s anger
- To vent one’s feelings or opinions
Synonyms: vent, express, utter, voice, air
These verbs mean to give outlet to thoughts or emotions…about all things workcover.To workcover vent is to unburden oneself freely of a strong pent-up emotion!
Well, let’s face it, it happens to all of us. You received yet another lalala letter from your case manager, denying you a legitimate entitlement, delaying an MRI, CT, X-Ray, requesting “additional information” before being “able” to pay for your submitted physiotherapy account, whatever… and here you go… You start feeling stressed, anxious and terribly frustrated. Your spouse, partner doesn’t understand why you get all worked up about it and, worse, doesn’t want “to hear about it again”.
Finding a healthy way to vent can even help to relieve anxiety, something more and more of us, injured workers, are suffering from in these times. Those who don’t find a healthy way of venting often stuff it inside until they explode one day or get into the habit of finding ways to numb themselves, such as eating, or becomming totally disconnected from the wold. Venting can help to truly relieve stress.
Some additional ways to vent out the frustrations, sadness, and anger that arise as being on workcover
- Cry. When you feel deeply sad, crying works beautifully. Often when we cry, we want a shoulder to cry on. If none is available, cry to yourself. Either way, allowing yourself the space to cry can work wonders on freeing up the stored up pain inside that is too much to contain within. While crying connect with the pain you feel and cry into it.
- Punch. If you feel very angry, you may feel the desire to hit something. A very healthy way of exerting this powerful energy is to punch a pillow. Hit the pillow like it’s the person (i.e. case manager)/thing you are angry at. Yell and cuss at it as well if that helps to release that tension. As you hit, smash into that frustration and feel exactly what aspects of it are making you angry.
- Write. Writing can help to clear the overwhelm of information in your head. It allows a pouring out of what is going on inside.. Some people enjoy tearing up the pages after they’ve written as a way to exert their frustration. In our forum we offer you the possibility to start your own workcover victims diary!
- Exercise. Some of your most frustrating days in your life may turn out to be your best days in the gym.Running, boxing and walking all allow great ways to vent. Unfortunately for most injured sods, including me, this is not possible.
- Talk. One injured workers told me the story of an injured nurse who rode the bus every day. She would get on the bus and wait for a passenger to sit near. She’d ask if they minded listening to her and if not, she’d share her dilemma or story. Once she’d talked it out, she’d thank them and get off the bus!
- Create Art. What better to do than to channel this energy into creating something beautiful?