Blowing Off Steam

The best way to blow off steam when you’re angry is to back away from the situation, close your eyes, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Kind of like breathing your way through labor pains. Deep breathing always helps me put things in perspective. Kind of de-fogs the brain.

Then I try to drum up some empathy for the idiot who made me mad. Taking the other person’s point of view isn’t easy, but if you can do it your righteous indignation is more likely to disipate. And then you need to ask yourself what difference all of this will make in an hour. Tomorrow. Next week. A year from now.

Anger comes in many degrees. It can build up slowly to a breaking point, or it can hit you like a sledgehammer right between your eyes. I get annoyed and have my little hissy fits. Irritated, exasperated, peeved, impatient. I whine and I grumble. I think that’s pretty normal.

It’s the raging, violent, passionate and infuriated blow ups that scare me, whether I’m the cause or the object or the source. Shoot yourself or take a pill. I don’t know what the answer is. Just get away from me.

Well I certainly hope that was helpful. And didn’t piss you off.

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