Complaining is Bad for your Brain and Body!!

Complaining actually rewires the brain!!! OMG, who would have thought this? In a recent study, it was determined that:

Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how people perceive you.(Bradberry, 2016)

These negative circuits get stronger with repeated internal or external dialogues. The brain wants to is accommodate you by making these thoughts automatic and more easily accessed thereby integrating them into your neural circuits. There is a pretty recently discovered process call “Neuroplasticity.”

Plasticity” is the term neurologists use to describe the brain’s ability to change. Your brain grows new connections as you learn new skills. The change is gradual, as your brain cells develop new connections to speed the efficiency of new skills acquired.

So, since you brain can change, make it work in a positive direction with an emotional circuit that is optimistic, rather than pessimistic. Not only does complaining bring negativity to you, it can be downright depressing. Gossiping, watching too much news exposes you to imagine or anticipatory fear, violence and hate elevate your cortisol levels, causing a multitude of physical and emotional problems. Stay clear of negative or toxic people, thoughts and activities to created more resilience within. Since your brain is “plastic” guide it to take you to better places, people and experiences. Remember, the the body follows the mind, to take yourself to loving kindness, being present, grounded and targeting happiness. 

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.