I decided to take up exercising every day (okay, I actually started doing that again several weeks ago, so I'm hoping to continue to do that because of the many benefits of exercise), and give up complaining.
Yes, there may be other things that I could give up that would also benefit me: I eat a little too much chocolate, I watch a little too much T.V. (sometimes I think that any T. V. is too much when you have other goals in life!), and there are other habits to be shed. But complaining, which, to me, encompasses the spreading of negativity, rumination and gossip, carries some heavy drawbacks that I'd like to get rid of:
- Complaining keeps you stuck in 'problem mode' and inaction.
- Complaining can be a form of rumination, which carried many negative consequences.
- Complaining spreads negativity to others.
- Complaining can magnify problems, making frustrations seem more intense and chronic than they perhaps are.
- Complaining isn't a very effective route to feeling better or solving problems.
What about you? If you were to give up one thing that you think might be holding you back or causing you excessive stress, what would it be? Write your answers in the comments or visit the Stress Management Forum.
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