We all complain about certain things from time to time. It’s normal to complain and vent about things occasionally. However, complaining too much is not just annoying – according to experts, it can even harm your health. Although airing your frustrations seems harmless, constantly being in a negative mood may have unforeseen consequences.
Apart from being a mood killer, complaining all the time can actually harm your brain function and affect your overall physical and mental wellbeing. Thierry Blancpain and Pieter Pelgrims from the Complaint Restraint project say that being in a negative mood constantly can plague our daily routines. They propose a simple solution – stop complaining for a month. Although it seems hard, it is doable and will do wonders for your health. Not that you need to stop complaining – as a matter of fact, the scientists propose shifting your focus on something else as soon as you hear yourself complain.
The goal of the project is to help you learn how to redirect negative thoughts into positive ones. Apart from bringing your down, learning how to stop complaining will make you a better and more enjoyable person as a whole.
How Complaining Harms Our Health
People who complain all the time have a negative mindset. They can think of anything positive and every time they complain, their brain rewires itself bit by bit to a more negative outcome. In short, negativity breeds even more negativity and that can be detrimental to your health in the long run.
According to recent studies, too much complaining can actually harm your brain and damage your memory. If you don’t want that to happen, we suggest adopting a more positive outlook on life. Sure, things aren’t that good all the time, but if you look on the bright side of life, they aren’t that bad either.
The more you complain, the more cortisol will end up in your system. Known as the stress hormone, high cortisol levels can lead to insomnia, digestive problems, and even cardiovascular problems. You know how they say – you become like those you spend time with. Well, hanging out with constantly negative people will conjure negative thoughts in your brain leading to you becoming more like them. Soon afterward, you’ll start complaining all the time until it takes a toll on your health.
How to Stop Complaining
According to Blanchpain and Pelgrims, there are certain steps we can take that will help us stop complaining all the time. Learn how to take them and you’ll adopt a more positive and healthier approach to life which will do your physical and mental health a lot of good.
The first thing you need to do is define complaints. Realize the difference between observation and complaint and you’ll realize how to shift any negative conversation to a positive one.
Tracking your complaints is a great way of cutting them out of your life. It can be shocking to learn how much you complain. Write it down and you’ll surely realize that it’s time for a change.
Catch Your Complaints
As soon as you catch yourself complaining, stop right there and try to shift the conversation in a positive direction. Do this every time you start complaining and it’ll become a habit.
Shift From “Have To” to “Get To”
This simple trick will help you learn how to turn complaints into choices. You know, everything we do is a choice. We don’t HAVE to do anything if we don’t want to. Shifting these “Have to” chores to “Get to” privileges is a key step that will help you stop complaining.
Stay Away from Negative People
If you want to adopt a more positive outlook on life, stay away from those who complain too much. You don’t need these people in your life – they will drag you down in the mud with their constant complaints and ruin your positive aura.