Why you should complain when you’re sick.

I was always taught as a kid, it wasn’t cool to complain.  I’m not even sure why, other than the fact that nobody liked to listen to a whinging or nagging child.  Of course this naturally spilt over into my teen and adult years and if you know me well, you’ll know I don’t really complain too much.  This doesn’t mean I don’t want to, nor does it mean that little voice in my head doesn’t either – in fact, she’s right there whinging her way through unless I let her have her way.  I’ve learnt to quieten her or at least silence her at times because as I suggested, nobody likes a whinger.

Since returning from holidays, I have a suspected case of the flu.  My body hurts.  My eyes are sore and I feel like a bag of good ol crapola.  Truth is, I can’t stop coughing.  For this minute life officially sucks, and even though I know I have 1 million things to be grateful for, right now that doesn’t even matter.  I’m hating on it all and in this moment I think that is perfectly ok. Today I’m complaining. Tell me you’re with me? Tell me as annoying as it is, we’re all only human (after all).

In a space where it’s all about focusing on the positive, manifesting what you want in life and remembering that what we draw our attention to we create more of, there is a fine line between pretending everything is ok in the hope of conjering up the goodness of positivity AND admitting that things really are horrible and you’d happily welcome a bat across the head to knock yourself out for an hour or two just to escape your body for a bit.  Both, I believe, are equally important.  Unfortunately (or not), life can’t be a constant string of fluffy bunny rabbits and cutsie little lambs. We’ve got to have a bit of it all thrown in the mix – that’s what continues to propel us.  It’s so very true that we must have the downs to have the ups.  Having said that, when the downs become out of control, it’s yet another reason to speak up and be honest – there’s no need to sweat it out solo.

Something very cool happens when we are honest with ourselves.  We tap into truth, move past the clouds, gain a few Ah-ha’s and best of all, we get to move on.  But when we sit suffering in our head, we only continue to punish ourselves.  I observed this myself with this flu-ey situation.  I could feel it coming, but I continued to tell myself that I wasn’t as unwell as I felt – that I had to suck it up.  It wasn’t until I was completely honest with myself and admitted to my loved ones I felt really unwell that my body unraveled.  I was holding everything so tightly, pretending to be ok when I wasn’t, my body didn’t know how to recover.

Suffering in silence is not cool mostly because nobody ever got anywhere by having their own pity party (I hate to say).  There are so many situations I see like this in clinic – women with a spectrum of issues, keeping it all to themselves, because they have been told they must.  Where women once congregated together to get stuff done whilst the men went out to hunt and gather, we didn’t just peel the potatoes and pop on a pot of tea – we solved problems.  We did this collectively because that’s what we do!  But what I’ve observed (and I can only blame modern living), is that when we try and solve our issues solo, when we try and fight inner battles without articulating how we feel or what’s going on to others, we can find ourselves trapped.  But most of all, recovery comes when we are completely honest with ourselves and others.  It’s no coincidence that getting it ‘off our chest’ feels so good because it is completely therapeutic.

Chinese Medicine is wildly loved for it’s recognition between the emotional and physical. For women, so often our ’emotions’ get stuck within our reproductive system and go about wreaking havoc.  I’ve spoken about this in detail in almost all of my courses – I especially dig into this in Debunking Stress – a must for all of us to recognise and adapt tools to help us cope with modern day pressure.

There are a few tricks in this ‘complaining’ game that I believe are important – here goes;

  1. It’s important to get it out – tell a friend (or two) or somebody you trust and really let it all out.  That’s what friends are for!  But the trick is, this is the first step and must very soon be followed by my next point.
  2. Action change.  We must complain – I believe, to move on but we must also action change pretty soon after.  Truth is, nobody wants to hear you complaining about the same thing 13 years later.  Be encouraged to know there is always a reason something is happening – finding the trigger is a complete must.
  3. Build your sisterhood.  Finding a community of like-minded people is so important on so many levels.  Draw on others experience, find comfort in others who have similar issues, build trust and relationships and solve problems as a team.  It’s like a slipstream to health and wellbeing.
  4. Keep being honest with yourself and others.  You do not need to suffer in silence. Nobody has ever won a battle doing that much!

You may not know it, but you have your very own community of like minded sisters right here! Insert .  It’s all for you; to have all of this (and so much more).  The community are a-buzz, chatting it out collectively and solving issues, asking questions they are perhaps too embarrassed to ask publicly (it’s a super safe place right there), joining in on my webinars, getting answers and collecting information and making lives sweeter.  Think of it as women, just like you, sitting around their virtual coffee table each night, being truthful about their health and lives, getting it off their chests and solving life problems!  Hello!

I’d love you to join us.  You can learn more .  Because you don’t need to suffer in silence – in fact being brave enough to share may just be exactly what your body is begging for to get past whatever hurdles you’re facing.  I know I’m feeling better just thinking about that freedom.

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  • May 27, 2016 By Loretta 9:58 am

    Hi Nat,

    Sorry you’ve been so unwell, I do agree with you sometimes we get so caught up in our heads it makes you feel even worse, it’s ok to vent and let people know that actually you feel really crappy!
    Just out of interest what are your thoughts on the flu shot? As a pregnant health care worker I’ve been strongly encouraged to have it, I’m hesitant but also aware of the fact that being pregnant and potentially exposed to someone with influenza has greater risks than if I wasn’t pregnant, also having cared for a woman who nearly died from it last year I’m thinking I probably should…

    Hope your taking care of yourself and feeling better ASAP!

    • May 27, 2016 By Nat Kringoudis 10:39 am

      Thanks Loretta! I’m on the mend – which is great news! When it comes to supporting my body and immunity regarding the flu I do as much as I can to build and support my immune system etc. If you choose to take the flu shot it is very important that your body is well supported. I very rarely get sick, so I don’t generally feel the need to personally do so. It is very much a personal choice. All the best with the rest of your pregnancy!

  • May 27, 2016 By Emily 11:02 am

    Hi Nat,

    I love this post, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    Do you recommend any books on Chinese Medicine and/or Chinese Philosophy?

    Ps: I hope you start feeling well soon!

    Much Love,
    Emily xx

    • May 27, 2016 By Nat Kringoudis 12:07 pm

      There are many but I love the Baby Making Bible which is TCM focused and if you want something more Philosophical check out The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk. x

  • May 27, 2016 By Sheree Crouch 12:49 pm

    I hear ya Nat! I was super unwell a month ago, horrible asthma flare up and other household dramas pushing me to my limits…it was my massive ‘enough is enough’ moment and I just couldn’t even use the old ‘fake it till you make it’ approach. I’m usually to type to soldier on so asking for help and support felt so foreign for me….but I had to ask for it this time! Hoping you are back to good health sooner rather than later!l and thanks for such an awesome hub of information to turn to for tips on how to manage these stressful times in our lives xx

  • May 27, 2016 By Carlie 11:59 pm

    I agree!
    I think this is a (stereotypical) Australian attitude – ‘No one likes a whinger, so just get on with it’. Which I like mostly, but this attitude can work against us sometimes.
    Thankfully I always have my girlfriends to talk to ?
    Get well soon, Nat

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