Are you tired of those endless conversations about how terrible things have become? Well, you’re not alone! It’s not just your run-of-the-mill moaning; it’s deeper frustration manifesting on various fronts.

Oddly enough, there’s something strangely satisfying about these discussions. They bring people together, almost like a form of group therapy. In these moments, we release the pent-up emotions that have been brewing inside us. It’s as though our words serve as a pressure valve, letting out the toxic feelings accumulated from life’s various challenges.

You know, there’s a certain catharsis in saying what we think. It feels good to ‘come clean’ about our feelings, even if it does involve some ‘dirty’ language.

But, here’s the catch – is it really wise to keep ‘affirming the awful’ in this way? Words possess immense power; they carry energy, much like our thoughts.

Now, I get it, when you’re in a foul mood, and someone advises you to adopt an “attitude of gratitude,” your first instinct might be to throw a punch. But there’s a nugget of wisdom in that advice. Our enjoyment of life is profoundly affected by where we direct our attention.

So, instead of just decluttering your vocabulary, perhaps it’s time to spring-clean your mental environment. Opt for more uplifting tunes and fewer radio rants and negative news. Swap out the constant social media scroll for captivating audiobooks. Dive into the refreshing waters of swimming, enjoy leisurely dog walks, and spend quality time with friends who make you burst into laughter. Seek out the extraordinary beauty in the everyday.

Let’s focus on affirming the positive aspects of life, making it a brighter and more fulfilling journey. It’s time to shift our narrative from “awful” to “awesome.”

Becky Walsh is running a retreat for ‘Burn-out’ and how to avoid it in the Isle of Man in October