I want to heal my stress. I listen to music because I want to heal my stress. Why would you want to do a crazy thing like that? I want to relieve my stress, right? Or you want to release your stress, right? Or I want to get rid of my stress. Because it sounds like you said you want to heal your stress, so you’re helping your stress improve and get better. Which means you get worse. Instead, you want to say I want to heal myself by releasing my stress. Or just, I want to relieve my stress. And saying stress stress stress so much is stressing me out. So I’m going to end this video now.
Are you stressed out? Do you want to heal your stress?
Don’t do it! I have a better idea!
We all can be a little stressed out these days. English can also be a reason for your stress, especially if you haven’t developed the skill to use the English you learned during school!
But that’s what we are here for! To help you use the English you already know, and correct some mistakes to help you be successful.
How to use “heal”
When you say you want to “heal” your stress, you may confuse people because “healing” something means you are helping it recover from damage.
In this case, stress would be the object in the sentences that the verb “heal” is effecting.
The solution? You should switch the focus of the “healing”, from the “stress” to yourself: “I want to heal myself from stress.”
Now, stay with me, because even this expression is not only incomplete but misleading. In English, stress is not something we heal ourselves from. We usually heal ourselves from diseases or physical wounds.
In addition, since we are not God or treatments ourselves, we primarily use it in the intransitive verb sense, And not the transitive sense like “I heal myself.”
“Release” and “Relieve”
With this two ideas in mind come the useful expressions:
- I want to release my stress. =Doing something (physical) to essentially push the stress out of your body, i.e. exercise, talking about it.
- I want to relieve my stress.=Letting something other than you take your stress away, i.e. drinking, listening to music, having some fun.
- I want to get rid of my stress. =Escaping some action in order lessen your stress.
But please, don’t stress yourself out about which one to use, because that would be counter productive to this blog![日本語訳へ]