I read an article about a week ago on irritability. It encouraged readers to ask themselves the question "when am I frequently irritable?" Then it suggested planning as an antidote to irritability. Since reading this, I've been thinking about why I have been so easily irritated as of late and how I could plan better so as not to become ill-tempered in the future.
Here are a several things that I find are consistently at the root of my selfish irritability:
- I'm hungry. This happens a lot these days because I am nursing a baby. Almost every time Michael and I eat together he exclaims "wow! your appetite is insatiable!" Why yes, yes it is. Because I know this, I should really have food on me at all times so that I don't get snappy. Protein bars. Trail mix. Something!
- I'm tired. This also happens a lot and also because of a baby. So I am giving myself a bedtime - 10:30 at the latest. I usually feel a lot more vibrant when I am in bed by that time.
- My hands are dry. Okay, I know this one is ridiculous, but it is true. I get kinda cranky when my hands feel chapped and dry. I already put lotion on them every night before bed, but I need to carry some with me when I am out and about.
- I need to shower. I've realized that I feel much more ready to take on the day with a cheerful countenance when I am clean, fresh, and a bit put together. This means that I have to make it a priority to get ready during Charlie's morning nap.
These things I have listed, though they seem a little silly, actually require a good amount of discipline on my part to see that they are tended to. I think it will be worth it.
What causes you to be snappish and cranky? Do you think a little planning could help?