Complaining is something that millions of people do.
Everyone is guilty of this at one point or another. You may have this negative notion about certain things in your life, in your past, or just about anything. Look online and you’ll see millions upon millions of people complaining about everything and nothing all the same. You may find that you can’t get away from it. With so many people having such negative opinions, it’s no wonder that people are physically and mentally ill.
The truth of the matter is simple, complaining is bad for your health and it seems to be something that medical science is finding out to be truth.
The Brain Takes Note
Here’s the thing, negativity could ruin brain function. Now, don’t run with this completely, but rather, understand how this could affect the brain’s hippocampus. You see, research indicates that complaining actually maps out neurological elements that diminish. Neurons in the brain go off, synapses misfire, and the issues that you may be angry about start to overcome the healthy tissue. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but it has detriment that has been mapped out in the brain. Over time, these issues can manifest into physical, emotional, and mental disruptions. Continue down a path, and you could very well end up dealing with a very difficult matter moving forward. The brain takes serious note in what is going on, and this affects it over time.
The Slow Burn
What people don’t realize is that complaints usually don’t manifest issues right away. Much like a clock, the issues tick and move on. There’s a slight neurological change each time. Imagine tearing a page from a dictionary. A large dictionary may have hundreds of thousands of pages, and each time you rip 1 page out, it gets less and less. That’s what you’re essentially doing to your brain when you complain and listen to negativity on a large scale. You’re tearing 1 page at a time. That may not seem like a lot, and it may not even manifest serious issue, but after years and years of this, the brain starts to change and the elements showcase damage, and that has a visceral response.
The Key Isn’t To Never Complain
It’s easy to get carried away with complaints. Everyone has something that they don’t like in life, work, and even during relationships. There’s always going to be a disruption in your life, but the answer is not extreme. Some people assume that you must never complain, or have any negative element in your life. While that’s nice on paper, it’s nearly impossible to live that way as a human being. Sure, there are some that seem to have a rainbow of happiness pursuing them in a lot of different arenas, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. The key isn’t to be happy 100% of the time, but rather, allow for mood changes to come and go, rather than hang on to them. If you find yourself in negative waters a great deal of the time, then it’s time to shift, and let things go. There are several ways that you can overcome this, and it starts with yourself.
There are several ways that you can use to overcome complaining and it starts with the recognition that complaining is not good for our body or mind.
Recognize Issues and Push Through Them
Here’s the first major step to getting away from a life of complaining, and it’s simple, recognize that there’s an issue. You don’t need someone to tell you this. Just sit down in a quiet place, and ask yourself if you have anything you want to complain about. Write it down if it helps. Just really think about issues that you may have. You may be surprised by how just sitting still and acknowledging your frustrations could very well be the catalyst for change. It may be easy to state, but honestly, look at the bright side. Think about silver linings and positive elements in certain points of your daily life. You’re going to find that there’s a lot more good than bad.
Consider Changing One Thing At A Time
Some people will call for a complete overhaul, an 180-degree change, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Nor is it easy to accomplish. Considering changing things one at a time. No one is perfect, and no one is expected to wake up and becoming a bouncing ray of sunlight. However, just like gradual complaints can kill off neurons, you can rebuild gradually as well. The key is to focus on one thing at a time. Just find one area that you want to change and be more positive with, and reflect on that. Use gratitude whenever you can, and you’ll start to slowly find change manifests within you.
Walk Away From Issues When You Can
Here’s a tip that many take and literally run from. The key here is to walk away when frustrated. Instead of exacerbating the problem, just stop, think and walk. When you’re ready to get fired up, or you find offense to something, just calmly breathe and do not react without thinking deeply. Take a deep breath, find a way to look at things from different perspectives, and work towards the resolution that doesn’t involve your complaints. Just practice this, and over time, you’re going to be able to diffuse your feelings and actually live a better, more focused life. We implement this in our programs with our morning walks, it is the perfect time to clear your mind.
Be prepared to let it go instead of dwelling on it.
Complaints are never going to allow you to live a happy, and joyous life.
Over time, the more you dwell on these things, the more physical manifestations could come to the surface. No one asks for you to change overnight, so don’t chase that. Instead, recognize that you may have an issue with negativity, and start to look at ways to shake things up. Positivity is going to pay off more dividends than complaining ever can, and that’s something that most people will agree with. You can easily diffuse situations and create happiness when you are joyous instead of down in the dumps. There is a time and place for frustration, but if you can help it, chase positivity, and see what happens. You’ll be surprised.
Do Yourself a Favour, Stop Complaining!