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No one likes being around a constant complainer, and having a mind full of continuous whine is not a prescription for good mental health.
However, when you find yourself stuck in a troubling mood you might want to use conscious complaining as a self-help tool. It is an easy and quick way to get clogged emotions moving again.
Chronic worry, anxiety, depression, and anger can be the result of trapped emotion. If ignored, the feelings will become more intense and eventually wreak havoc on your thought processes and drain your physical energy. The eventual outcome might be symptoms of a mental disorder.
Author Barbara Sher wrote about conscious complaining in her book Wishcraft. The empathic healer Karla McLaren uses this technique and validates its effectiveness in her book Emotional Genius.
Although habitual complaining can bring us down, conscious complaining can lift us up by clearing away cobwebs and frustrations. It is venting with a purpose, helping us face problems, fears, and the obstacles to our dreams by letting off emotional steam. This keeps our feelings and emotions flowing and lets us view our situation(s) with increased clarity.
Conscious complaining can be done with a complaining partner, as Sher recommends, or it can be a solitary endeavor. Whether done with someone else or alone, it is a way to actively address loss of faith, feelings of hopelessness, “impossible” obstacles, or a growing sense of powerlessness.
“If you only make time for work, and you never make time for moaning, whining, and complaining, your inner life will become flat and barren. Your flow will evaporate, you’ll deteriorate into perfectionism, and you’ll have no fun at all. Conscious complaining gives a voice to your struggles, and in so doing it restores your flow, your energy, and your hope.” ~ Karla McLaren
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