With the advent of the online world, it seems everyone has an opinion and a need to share it. The level of interaction gives way to drama, whining and complaining. You only need to look at the comments section of facebook pages for proof.
The negativity is toxic and far outweighs the positive. Too much sugar, not enough cheese, is the general response and that’s on the 30-second food videos! Have we lost our ability to improvise?
Try Viewing Things Differently
This quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln regarding rose bushes shows that a different viewpoint can be found in everything. You can complain about the thorns, or you can celebrate the roses.
A good change to make in your life is to stay away from those that feel a need to constantly comment on everything. Avoid these negative Nellie’s at all times. Only engage with people and content that has a positive effect on you.
Stop Stressing And Count Your Blessings
Marc and Angel have hit the nail on the head when they say that you need to stop focussing on how stressed or busy you are.
Many of us are busy being busy. We make a meal out of minor situations. As a result, our coping mechanism is so low that we derail over the slightest thing. We also tend to live in a permanently offended state. Even when we’re not, we are just waiting to be!
Try A No Complaints Week
Have you considered A No Complaints Week? Every time you complain, throw 20 cents in a jar or slap yourself on the wrist. You will be surprised how many times you catch yourself out. By practicing this method in a mindful way, you will be able to see exactly how much of a complainer you have become.
This infographic from Greatist has some excellent tips that you can enlist on a daily basis. Little changes add up over time. See the good not the evil and avoid idle gossip which leads to further negativity.
7 Day No Complaining Challenge
Be grateful and remove what annoys you from your environment. The heart doesn’t grieve what the eye don’t see!
Now that you have the tools to help you stop complaining, it’s time to take up the 7 day no complaining challenge. This idea comes to us from IMom. Every day you have a different area of your life to work on.
By putting yourself to the test for a whole week, you will be able to observe your progress and start to notice when you complain. Once you do, give yourself 5 seconds to pull yourself back into line. You’ll be surprised how well this works.
You can download the printable 7 Day Challenge on IMom Here.