It’s perfectly alright to feel irritable at times because things in life can be really irritating. Traffic jams, long lines at the grocery store, an appliance breaking down, too much time with the inlaws, and so forth. When your irritability seems to be hindering your daily routines and life, or knocking on depression’s door, it’s a good idea to have a closer look.
The first step to addressing your irritability is noticing it. Identify each incidence you’ve felt irritable about in the last few hours or days. There may be the everyday irritations as mentioned above. There may also be situations which you normally don’t find irritating.
Be curious about what you determine the causes are of your irritability. Ask yourself questions that can lead to more insight. I drive in heavy traffic all the time, and whereas it’s not my favorite thing to do, I usually don’t get this irritable. When you are curious you can observe an irritating situation with an open mind, and access a deeper part of yourself.
At home, tell your family or loved one that you need a few minutes of alone time. Find a quiet, comfortable place. Sit and breathe in and out for a few minutes. Ask yourself, what is really going on with me? If you believe in a power greater than yourself, ask them for help. I’m having a really hard time and I don’t know why. Everything seems relatively normal in my life, but I just feel irritable and down.
Sitting with yourself and asking for help may help you find the source of your discontent. Maybe the full moon has kept you awake for hours and you’re sleep deprived. Keep breathing. There are any number of reasons for irritability, like relationship problems, feeling dissatisfied with your life, feeling stuck, or there’s an old grief you haven’t fully processed. It’s a good sign you’re getting somewhere if tears well up in your eyes?
When you think you’ve found the source of your irritability, give yourself some good old-fashion self care. Pour yourself a cup of tea, then make an appointment with a therapist. A therapist can help you sort out your irritability. You may be surprised to find reasons, not known to you at the time, which may be causing the irritability. Among others, these could be attention deficit hyperactivity, menopause (in women), depression, poor coping or executive functioning skills.
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