When someone asks why you’re so grumpy, it’s tempting to snap at them and say, “I’m not grumpy!” You might even blame everyone else for being too sensitive, too loud, or too annoying.
But denying your irritability is likely to make you feel worse.
When you notice that you’re feeling annoyed with everything and everyone around you, acknowledge that you’re irritable. You don’t necessarily have to announce that you’re feeling irritable. You might just acknowledge it to yourself. Studies show that by identifying your feelings can take a lot of the intensity out of them. You might even rate your irritability on a scale of 1 to 10. One study found that when individuals ranked their anger on a scale, their physiological symptoms declined, and they felt calmer.
- Emotional Health