Dealing with Irritability by Focusing on the Good
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Not having control makes me irritable. Having a weight problem makes me irritable. Weaning myself off the Nicorette gum makes me irritable. Looking for a new job makes me irritable. Being stressed out about the upcoming family vacation - you guessed it! Lately it seems that everything makes me irritable.
I'm even irritable with myself. I'm stressed, I'm lonely, I'm overwhelmed, and I'm living far, far too far away from home. All this focus on the negatives in my life, on what's hard, is making me irritable.
To get past this I'm trying to focus on what's positive and good, without at the same time thinking of things that are simultaneously negative. You know, saying "I have great friends *but*... *but, not very many. *but, not close... *but -- NO. No buts.
I have great friends and I'm very lucky to have them.
I have two adorable cats who love me and never bring me dead things.
I mostly have my health.
I have a supportive extended family.
I have a good job and a CV that will allow me to get a great job.
I have hobbies I enjoy.
I... am having trouble thinking of things to write. But I think that's a nice start of 'good' things that will help me get through the irritability.
What do you do to get through tough times?