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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Do You Need a Complaining Detox?

Did you know that as little as a half hour of complaining every day physically damages a person’s brain? According to Stanford University researchers, it actually peels away neurons in the brain’s hippocampus. This is the part of your brain responsible for problem solving. And this holds true even if you’re listening to someone indulge in these negative emotions.

Constant griping also weakens the immune systems, triggers physical symptoms like increased blood pressure, and makes you more anxious. And, perhaps most scary, it rewires our brains so overtime complaining becomes yet another bad habit to break.

So how do you stop the cycle? It’s pretty unrealistic to completely cut out complaining altogether — and venting from time to time can even be healthy — but you can learn to cut back. Start with these steps. 
  • Focus on the silver lining. In other words, ask yourself how you can reframe your complaints in a more positive way. So instead of wining about cooking dinner, for example, think about how a healthy meal will give your mind and body the strength to stay sober. 
  • Time yourself. Since it's unlikely to think that you’re never going to complain again, try to avoid making it an all-day affair. Give yourself a time limit, say 15 minutes, to acknowledge your frustration or anger and to vent about it — and then try to let it go. 
  • Find a healthy distraction. Force yourself to do something else more positive to help get your mind off of complaining. For instance, take a walk or call a notoriously optimistic friend.  
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