16 Things You Shouldn’t Complain About (Unless You Want To Be Labeled A Whiner)

16 Things You Shouldn’t Complain About (Unless You Want To Be Labeled A Whiner)

We all need to vent sometimes, but seriously, some complaints are just…too much. If you really want to avoid being that person everyone secretly rolls their eyes at, keep your whining about the following things to a minimum.

1. Your coffee order was slightly wrong.

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Sure, a messed-up latte is annoying, but if it’s not literally poison, chill out. Baristas are people, and they make mistakes. Politely ask them to fix it or just deal. A meltdown won’t make your coffee taste any better. Plus, think of it this way – at least your drink has some personality now!

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2. You have to wait in line.

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Whether at stores, restaurants, or airports, nobody likes waiting. But you know what? Everyone else feels the same way. Complaining won’t make the line disappear. Put on a podcast, scroll through some memes, and zen out instead. Look around, maybe you can even strike up a conversation and help the time pass faster.

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3. The weather isn’t perfect.

Too hot, too cold, too rainy… Weather’s going to do its thing (even more so these days, thanks to climate change, NASA explains). Instead of whining about something you can’t control, change your attitude! Embrace the cozy rain or find ways to cool down – complaining won’t fix the forecast. Every type of weather has its own kind of fun, you just need to find it.

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4. You’re a little bit tired.

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We’ve all had plenty of those days when a nap sounds better than anything, but constantly broadcasting your exhaustion gets old. Grab an extra coffee, power through, and get some real sleep later. Chances are, everyone around you feels the same way – no need to make it the focus of your day.

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5. Your phone battery’s running low.

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Since everyone is obsessed with their phones these days (myself included!), a dying battery feels like a crisis. That being said, constantly whining about it is not a good look. Invest in a portable charger, or better yet, unplug for a while. The world won’t end if you’re offline for a bit. Maybe it’s a chance to actually notice what’s happening around you!

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6. Someone’s social media post annoyed you.

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Humble brags and weird political rants are obnoxious and sometimes even infuriating, yes, but publicly complaining gives them way more attention than they deserve. Unfollow, block, or just ignore it – your sanity will thank you. Trust me, there are far more interesting things to fill your headspace with than someone’s annoying post.

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7. Your commute was a drag.

From traffic jams to cancelled trains, commuting can seriously suck. However, ranting about it every day won’t change anything. Try an audiobook, some new music, or if possible, find a better way to get to work. Maybe use that commuting time to learn a new skill or plan something fun for later.

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8. You’re bored.

We all get bored sometimes, but it’s not the world’s job to entertain you. Instead of whining, find something to do. Read a book, try a new hobby, or heck, just daydream a little. Your boredom’s your problem to solve. Think of it as an invitation to let your creativity loose!

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9. You didn’t get enough likes on your post.

Chasing social media validation is a losing game. If your self-worth depends on those little hearts, it’s time for a reality check. Post what you like, and focus on connecting with real people, not racking up numbers. Besides, the best things in life aren’t found on a screen, so get out there and start living!

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10. You have to do chores.

Nobody loves scrubbing toilets, but it has to get done. Adulting means sucking it up and handling your responsibilities. Put on some music and get it over with – you’ll feel better after. Think of it as a workout, with the added bonus of having a cleaner living space.

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11. You gained a couple of pounds.

Bodies fluctuate, it’s completely normal! Unless it’s a major health concern, obsessing over a few extra pounds is pointless. Focus on eating healthy, staying active, and loving the body you have. Besides, confidence is way more attractive than stressing over a number on the scale.

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12. You have a minor headache.

Feeling a little under the weather? Hydrate, take some pain meds, and rest up. If it’s something serious, see a doctor. But turning a minor ache into a drama won’t help anyone. Sometimes, a little self-care is all you need to feel better.

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13. Your plans got slightly changed.

Life’s unpredictable – things get rescheduled and plans fall through sometimes. Go with the flow! Rigidly clinging to your original plans will just make you stressed. Be flexible, find an alternative, and don’t ruin everyone’s day with your complaining. You might be surprised – sometimes the best adventures are the unexpected ones.

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14. Someone didn’t text back immediately.

People are busy and/or forget their phones – it happens. Unless it’s an emergency, panicking over a delayed reply is ridiculous. Put the phone down, do something else, and they’ll get back to you eventually. Constantly checking your phone won’t make the time go faster, trust me.

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15. You had a minor disagreement with someone.

Not everyone will agree with you all the time, and rehashing every little argument is exhausting. If it was truly minor, let it go! It’s more important to preserve the relationship than to be “right” about something trivial. Plus, those little disagreements sometimes help us understand each other better in the long run.

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16. Things just aren’t going your way.

Okay, some days just SUCK. It’s fine to feel frustrated! But instead of a full-blown pity party, take a deep breath. Focus on what you can control, and know that this too shall pass. Maybe treat yourself to a small indulgence, or do something that always makes you smile.

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Sinitta Weston grew up in Edinburgh but moved to Sydney, Australia to for college and never came back. She works as a chemical engineer during the day and at night, she writes articles about love and relationships. She's her friends' go-to for dating advice (though she struggles to take the same advice herself). Her INFJ personality makes her extra sensitive to others' feelings and this allows her to help people through tough times with ease. Hopefully, her articles can do that for you.