Odd question, right? The reason I ask is because I noticed how much people complain. Do you have any idea what happens within your body when you’re complaining?
With any emotion, your body releases chemicals that are either lifting you up (ex: when you exercise or are happy) or putting you down and essentially poisoning you (ex: fear, anger, hate, complaints). Complaints begin with a negative thought. You think about something, and it stirs up certain emotions (anger, frustration, etc). Once you start spending time focusing on those feelings, the body releases extra cortisol, which activates your “fight or flight system”, and puts you at risk for high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and strokes.
Be mindful, the complaint is only the endgame of the thought and the feelings that you’ve already created within yourself. Once you complain, you’re actually starting to reinforce that feeling and encourage it. You then put it out into the world, which affects other people and how they’re feeling (think of how you want to get away from someone who complains a lot).
So in essence what you’re doing by complaining is both hurting yourself and hurting other people. Do you see yourself as a person that likes to harm yourself and others? If not, take steps to shut those negative thoughts down and stop complaining.
3 Quick Tips to Stop Complaining (or stop someone else from complaining)
- Refocus your thoughts on something else (or refocus the other person).
- Do any type of exercise that exerts your body and releases endorphins.
- Take a few deep breaths and take a walk for 5 minutes (step outside, etc)
What solutions do you have to stop yourself from complaining or stop someone else? Please share below.