Is Complaining Bad For You?

 

 

Proverbs 17:22 – A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

 

Is Complaining Bad For You

 

We’ve all been guilty of it!  Things don’t seem to be going the way we think they should.  We think, I just need to ‘vent’ and that will make me feel better.  Certain subjects have even become the social norm to complain about in our circles. Among the most popular subjects for the social complaint sessions: politics, the weather, work, finances, and other people.

The question is, are there any benefits to complaining?  Quite the contrary, complaining has negative effects not only on our attitude, but on our relationships, as well as our health.

Four Negative Effects Of Complaining

Complaining actually rewires our way of thinking, making it easier to complain in the future. In other words, you are setting yourself up to become a habitually negative and critical person.

Complaining can raise your cortisol levels. Excessive cortisol leads to increased blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as weight gain. Over time, this can weaken the immune system.

Negativity spreads. As you complain, you are spreading discontent to those around you. Vice versa, as you surround yourself with negative people, you find yourself in a toxic environment. The old adage is true, misery loves company.

Constant complaining is draining on even the best of relationships. No one wants to be around a constantly complaining person.

Alternatives to Complaining

Take a step back from the situation. Ask yourself, what you can  do to help the situation. How can you be part of the solution, instead of the problem?

Realize you cannot control everything. You are setting yourself up for disappointment if you are constantly trying to control people and situations. This is not your job!

View your situation as an opportunity to build your character. Ask yourself what you can learn from it.

Contemplate your blessings, instead of focusing on the negative. We are abundantly blessed. Why focus on what is going wrong?   It is hard to be miserable when you realize how blessed you really are.

 

Realize it is one thing to confide in a friend when seeking advise for a problem you may face, and quite another to complain about our situations. If you are not taking personal responsibility and seeking steps that you can do to improve the situation, chances are you are complaining.

 

 

Think back to a time you faced something that stressed you out. How did you handle the situation? Did you complain, or did you seek solution? How did your reaction make you feel?

 

 

 

 

 

15 Simple Laundry Tips Everyone Should Know

 

 

Laundry, we all have it! Some people hate it, some people don’t mind.  I have compiled a list of 15 tips everyone should know. After all, laundry doesn’t have to be that bad!

 

 

For Removing Stains

 

Dingy Whites  Brighten your whites by hanging in the sun. After the wash cycle, spray with vinegar and hang in direct sun.

 Ink Stains  Rub with hand sanitizer and let sit for for 30 minutes. The alcohol works to break down the stain. After 30 minutes wash in cold cycle.

Grass and Blood Stains Rub with a mixture of 1 TBS of dish liquid and 2 TBS of Hydrogen Peroxide. Let sit 20 minutes before washing.

Underarm Stain On White Shirts Mix 1/4 cup of the following: baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water. Rub into stain and let sit 30 minutes before washing

Grease Stains Rub with baby powder and allow to sit overnight to soak up oil before washing.

For the Washer

 

Brighten Whites With Baking Soda  Add 1 cup of baking soda to your load to keep whites looking bright

Use Vinegar In Place of Fabric Softener Add one cup of white vinegar at the beginning of cycle to replace fabric softer. Not only does it contain antibacterial agent but it softens clothes by removing residues. Don’t worry, it does not leave your clothes smelling like vinegar.

Clean Your Washer  Easily clean your washer by adding 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of baking soda and running an empty cycle on hot.

For the Dryer

 

Tennis Balls to Dry Bedding  Add 2 to 3 tennis balls to dryer when drying bedding. Not only will it fluff the bedding, but it will also speed up the dry time.

Ice Cubes to Release Wrinkles Add a handful of ice cubes to the dryer with the load.  The steam from the melting cubes will help to remove wrinkles.

Add a Dry Towel to the Load Add a dry towel into the dryer with your  clothes to reduce moisture. This will help to shorten dry time. Remove after 15 minutes.

Aluminum Foil For Softener Use a ball of aluminum foil to your clothes in place of softener to remove static electricity. Replace every  4 to 6 months.

Afterwards

 

Unshrink Your Clothes Add 1 TBS of hair conditioner to a tub of lukewarm water. Soak garment for 30 minutes and gently reshape. Allow to air dry.

Clean Your Iron With A Dryer Sheet Easily clean your iron by heating it on low setting and running back and forth over a clean dryer sheet. This will help to remove any built up residue.

Remove Tennis Shoe Odor Add baking soda to your shoes and allow to sit overnight. Empty in the morning. 

There you go 15 Tips everyone should know!

 Have any great tips that I didn’t share?  Please leave a comment.  I would love to try them out!