The Blessings Of Irritations.

NOTE: This is a Guest Post used with permission from Gloria Thomas Anderson, LMSW at

Has anyone or anything irritated you recently? It seems no matter how determined you are to keep calm, cool and collected, something happens to ruffle your feathers.

A nagging spouse, a whining child, an unrealistic boss, an impolite clerk, or somebody tailgating you when you drive—all can trigger that emotion called irritation. These kinds of annoyances can get under your skin sometimes and cause a joyous occasion to become an upsetting one.

Many times these irritations are more prominent around the holidays. That is the time where we interface with people who are not necessarily “our cup of tea”. How do you deal with these vexations of the soul?

I have found some practical and somewhat lighthearted ways to help ease the stress in these moments of aggravation. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Take a deep breath and smile as you exhale—this is healthier for you in the long run.
  2. Scream—but wait until you are alone and nobody can hear you.
  3. Laugh—Laughter is like medicine for the soul and takes away the sting of anger.
  4. Close your eyes—daydream about what you would really rather be doing.
  5. Have a good cry when you get alone—crying is cleansing and can make you feel better if nothing else.

Of course, there are many other possible alternatives to dealing with irritations—some of which result in more distress. Just remember that when we become really annoyed by other people, irritations can serve as reminders that we still have the precious gift of life.

Blessings to you,

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