Everyone, everyday experiences annoyances. How we react to these irritations, both big and small, can affect how happy and content we are. If you find that you are easily and regularly annoyed, it’s a good idea to do something about it. Here are seven positive strategies to beat annoyances in your life:
It’s become something of a cliché but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. Our breathing patterns are closely linked to our emotions. So much so that either one can influence the other. By taking deep, slow breaths you’re less likely to feel anxious or agitated.
In the face of an annoyance, your breathing could help you to feel more relaxed and less affected by the situation.
Nip Negative Thoughts in the Bud
It’s easy to get sucked into a negative train of thought. Thinking about the bad things someone has done to you in the past, you’re much more likely to get annoyed at them again sometime soon.
Leave the past in the past. Don’t dwell on past grievances. And develop strategies for recognizing these thought patterns. That way you can derail them before they affect your day.
Try to See Things From Another Perspective
You’re more likely to get annoyed if you think someone has a malevolent motive. But the person you’re dealing with might not really be out to get you. They may have miscommunicated what they wanted to say. Or not thought properly before they acted. Or they may just be having a really bad day. Try to see things from another perspective and assume the best of people. It will help to defuse your anger.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Easier said than done if you work long hours or you have small children to take care of. But getting a good night’s sleep can greatly increase your emotional stability during the day. This means no longer getting annoyed at the little irritations that cross your path. Going to bed and getting up at a regular time can help you to sleep better. Having a standard bedtime routine can also work wonders. And if you do find yourself feeling tired during the day, find some energy boosting activities to get you back to your best.
Vent in the Right Way
We’re all encouraged to vent our anger as a way to help it dissipate. But not all venting methods are equal. Studies have shown that talking about an event that made you annoyed can revive those unhelpful angry feelings. In contrast, writing about the event can help you deal with what has happened and move on.
Schedule Some ‘Me’ Time
If you’re stressed, you’re more likely to snap at annoyances. Stresses may come from work or home life. But planning some time for yourself can really help to combat the stress you experience. Take a relaxing bath, go for a walk, spend some time doing something you really love. You’ll feel more relaxed and less angry as a result.
Find the Root
Regularly find yourself getting annoyed at little things? There could be a bigger reason behind your bad temper. Unhappiness, over-dependence on alcohol, lack of exercise and anxiety can all contribute to angry feelings. Try to find and address the root cause of your feelings to beat those annoyances once and for all.
Feeling angry doesn’t have to be part and parcel of our daily lives. By incorporating these positive strategies into your day, those annoyances could soon be like water off a duck’s back. And with less to worry about you’ll be happier and healthier as a result.
About the author:
Sarah Davies is a careers and education blogger, an occasional traveler and a huge fan of motivational speeches and self-improvement literature. She is also a part of the team behind Open Colleges, educational experts from Australia. Feel free to find Sarah at @sarah_davies_au.