Day 1917: Cathartic

Let’s start with a cathartic definition:

1. providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.
“crying is a cathartic release”

As a psychotherapist who endorses providing psychological relief,  I agree that crying and the open expression of strong emotions is cathartic.

Here are other things I find cathartic:

  • Writing this daily blog,
  • Finishing my taxes.
  • Important relationships.
  • Laughter.
  • Owning my personal power.
  • Physical exercise.
  • Self care.
  • Nature.
  • Animals.
  • Holidays.
  • Spring.
  • Water.
  • Hope.
  • Life, in general.
  • Life, specifics (see all previous blog posts for specifics).
  • Letting go of fear and worry.
  • Memories.
  • Moving on.
  • Being in the moment.

What is cathartic for you?

Are any of my recent photos cathartic?











Following your own path is cathartic and so is music (here and here).

Receiving and responding to feedback is cathartic, as is expressing thanks to all who helped me create this cathartic blog post and — of course! —  YOU.



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17 thoughts on “Day 1917: Cathartic

  1. Music!!! And some of what you said 😉

  2. Saying how it is

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  4. Hi Ann – I find catharsis in nature, out in the sunshine, listening to the birds, sitting with my dogs….and coming to visit you!!!

  5. indeed – wonderful combination…enjoyable!!

  6. Your nature photos today are very cathartic for me, Ann.

  7. I’ve always found it strange that Aristotle limited catharsis to pity and terror. There are so many more emotions that deserve expression, and with some, like happiness, their great therapeutic value is that expressing them can increase them.

  8. Ok for some reason I cannot think of a comment my mind is blank and feels like my brain has fallen asleep

    • A lot of people think it’s cathartic to achieve a truly blank mind. Thanks for the catharsis of this comment, Joanne.

  9. Harley, my seeing you has made me cathartic…

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