You’re in your 7th month of a healthy pregnancy. There are many amazing things going on. Among others, you’re feeling your baby on a daily basis. But there are some negatives as well. You’re starting to get too big to do everything that you’re used to doing. And you’re definitely starting to feel uncomfortable. Can you say “cankles”? And you’ve still got a few months to go. And with all the hormones swimming around, it’s inevitable that you start to feel a little blue at times.
Let’s say you’ve already had your healthy baby. Congratulations. But now you’re woefully lacking sleep. You’re trying to lose that stubborn baby weight. And there are still crazy hormones swimming around your body. Again, you’re a little blue.
OK. Let’s say it has nothing to do with baby at all. You’re just you. Man or woman. And you’re blue.
And then there’s not depressed per se. Not despondent. Just a little down. Been there? Well, there’s a simple and guilty pleasure you can indulge in and it’s actually good for you…Gossip. Yep. Gossip. Tell some stories. Call your girlfriends and really let loose about someone. Get the negative out. If you don’t have something nice to say, well, go ahead and say it anyway.
Doctors are finding that a good gossip session is actually a great way to release stress and negativity.
According to University of California, Berkeley researcher Robb Willer, “Gossip gets a bad rap, but we’re finding evidence that it plays a critical role in the maintenance of social order.”
Now, the gossip that we’re talking about isn’t the celeb dish type of thing about the Kardashians. The best kind of gossip is the kind that exchanges information about the community, and makes the gossipers feel included in an “inner circle” and it’s especially helpful when it’s about seeing or knowing about someone behaving badly…can you say cable company, or a handy man that started the job and they disappeared? This type of dish can increase your feelings of connection when you share values with your friends.
Getting it out there is a very strong form of therapy.
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