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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?
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63KEEPONGOING 4/24/2013 8:29AM

  When my day seems like "stormy weather" I remind myself that the sun will come out tomorrow. Then I realize that I have SONSHINE even on the stormy days. He makes me feel better when I take time to pray to him.

You have a lot of positive here. This is where to stay focused.

Thank you for your words.

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TAWDRYELEPHANT 4/22/2013 9:26AM

    Hmmm I definitely know what you mean about the irritability thing. For me it's helping to take a step back and force myself to remember (even saying the words to myself in my head or out loud if no one's around) why I'm putting myself through this to begin with. The short answer? I can't stay the way I was; I need to change. And the only way to change is to push through the drudgery of a given moment and trust that it will get better and it will get easier.

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