The definition of the word “complaint” and its derivatives (regret, disagreement, reproach, etc.) is a way of expressing dissatisfaction, pain, discomfort, resentment or pain and wear yourself out finding defects in everything.

The uncomfortable truth is that most of us find some “justifiable” reason to complain about almost everything . But be it a justifiable or irrelevant situation, the habit of complaining is an attribute associated with a weak character . But why is this so? Complaining too often results in a negative result. To make matters worse, the act of complaining is usually something we cannot control.

Complaining and reproaching is part of human nature and there is nothing wrong with it, however when it is a bad habit and a bad habit that leaves us without energy, then we do have a problem, since the stress factor, along with The state of anxiety that produces complaining a lot ends up causing chronic pain and other ailments that we do not usually attribute to this bad habit.

The most common way to express our discomfort with a situation or person is to speak ill of it, and what we usually use the most is someone who listens to us, also carrying that weight on their shoulders.

Ways to stop complaining about everything

Here’s the root of the problem: Complaining achieves absolutely nothing . It is negligible behavior with a result equal to zero. Nothing is gained, but much can be lost. Through our willpower, we are going to see how we can change this habit to ensure that fatigue, stress and chronic pain do not continue to feed in this cycle.

1. Don’t let people influence your mood

This is easy to explain, but difficult to practice. It is incredibly easy to allow others to alter our positive mood. Whether it’s acquaintances, coworkers, and yes, even our friends and family, allowing an individual or group to negatively affect your thinking is a personal responsibility. Do not allow this to happen, if you detect when it can happen, you can simply avoid those people or situations so as not to “get contaminated” with negative energy.

2. When the situation is not ideal, take a breath and find a solution

It is prone to human nature to impulsively react to a bad situation. But this is when the conscious decision to take a deep breath can benefit. Deep breathing automatically adjusts your body and mind to balance it; Which allows you to make rational decisions to help solve any situation.

3. Sometimes being nice is better than being right

When conflict arises, it is often our arrogance that encourages us to “be on the defensive” and defend our idea, no matter what. However, when it comes to amicably resolving a situation, sometimes it benefits ourselves and others to be able to do so with a positive attitude.

4. Do some kind of physical activity during the day

Exercise is one of those activities that has been shown to help reap both mental and physical rewards. When it comes to the topic at hand, exercise is, without a doubt, the most advantageous action one can take to balance one’s mood. This includes the mental toughness that is often necessary to resist the temptation to complain about everything, all the time .

5. Be understanding and patient with yourself. You’re doing the best you can

Self-compassion is key to avoiding self-criticism. Too often, we discipline ourselves too much and tend to be too hard on ourselves; and this reaction involves complaining about oneself or about others. Being compassionate towards oneself and towards others alleviate the demands placed on goals that are nothing more than traps that we have set ourselves. It is not about being perfect, but about being happier every time.

6. Intentionally look for things that make you feel good

Also called gratitude, the gift of acknowledging the good things in your life is also key to refraining from the urge to complain all day. It’s pretty simple: when we are aware of the blessings bestowed upon us, we are less likely to focus on the not-so-good things, which are the ones that cause us to complain about everything and be unhappy with anything.

7. Do things that bring you satisfaction

We all need happiness in our lives. The lack of this often manifests itself in attitudes of bitterness and confusion. Of course, this often forces us to look for the flaws where we have lost our way to emotional well-being. We must reserve time to do the things that cause feelings of joy, and little by little we will return to the path towards the center of ourselves, well-being will be a good sign.

8. Do something nice for someone else

Mother Teresa once said: “ I don’t think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love. Be faithful to the little things, since it is in them that your strength resides ”.

Small acts of kindness bring a lot of satisfaction, not only for the recipient, but also for the benefactor. We find appreciation in these kinds of actions which, of course, put us in a frame of mind that is less inclined to engage in criticism and other negative thought patterns.

9. Keep your body well nourished

Our physical health is interwoven with our psychological health. When we are eating well – hydrated, eating healthy, and having a diet that includes nutritious foods – we are having a positive impact on our mood. When our mind is in balance with our body, we are much less likely to engage in self-defeating behaviors, such as demanding and draining complaints and grievances .

10. Give yourself time for reflection and relaxation

A tired mind and body only make us less prepared to be in harmony. As in eating habits, neglecting the need to clear the mind and body leaves us prone to negative behavior . We must prioritize activities that allow us to be relaxed and have time for reflection. This is equivalent to charging our body with creative energy.

11. Make sleep a priority

Of the eleven things on this list, proper sleep is by far the most important. Our brain cannot rest or rearrange if we don’t sleep. As such, we are unable to think rationally – a scientifically proven fact. This is evident; If we are unable or unwilling to practice good sleep habits, our judgment and decisions are seriously impaired. The urge to complain daily  is just one among many other by-products of sleep deprivation .

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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