It is a scientifically proven fact that being a Debbie Downer can actually set you up for a vicious circle of negativity and anxiety. Why?
It’s been found that people that incessantly complain are actually rerouting neural pathways in the brain, making it harder and harder to be satisfied with anything (which then leads to greater anxiety and stress). Negativity and complaining lead to anxiety-producing physiological changes that are killing you.
The enemy is the stress hormone cortisol. When you’re negative, you release it, and elevated levels of it, lowers immune function, while also increases blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent and even reverse this phenomenon if you find yourself regularly kvetching.
So the next time you find yourself getting ready to complain, try mindfully pulling yourself back to the positive side.
Three tricks to avoid complaining at work:
- A great way to do this is to practice gratitude. Even for the smallest of things. It costs nothing, can be done anywhere and is the best kind of contagious!
- Catch yourself complaining… Stop! Congratulate yourself for being aware!
- Acknowledge: Progress not perfection is critical to make it a habit. Intentional effort is letting go of that which is not helpful and celebrating that which is…
Give it a try if you’re feeling less-than-happy with a situation… your brain will thank you!