How to kill the killer in you and be healthier for it
By Sara Butler
It’s finally October. For most, that means it’s time to dust off your boots and fuzzy sweaters, get excited about everything pumpkin-spice-related, and just enjoy the best of autumn. Except for part of the population: the grumpy.
You know what I mean. You are moody. They like to complain. If you could live in a trash can all day and insult people, you absolutely would. You are a murderer And on October 15th, you can see that with National Grouch Day – although you know deep down that every day is National Grouch Day, especially if you’re a certain age and deserve the right.
Of course, you can realize that you are a crumbler and want to change your contentious ways. I hear you. If that’s the case, then use this year’s Grouch Day as a stepping stone to commit yourself to no longer being a killer. Or a grinch. So come on – get out of the trash can, dust yourself off, and learn how to turn that sullen frown on your head and improve your mood.
What’s wrong with being a killer?
No offense to the grumpy people out there – hello “Karen” – we all have our days when the world deserves an Oscar with a Grouch-style perspective. But if you have more grumpy days than non-grumpy days, then it’s time to think about why, because being grumpy can actually be harmful to your health.
When someone is irritable, stress hormones are often high too. Chronically high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol can disrupt the way your body works. After all, you are at higher risk of health problems that can seriously affect your quality of life, such as:
high blood pressure
It also makes you and everyone around you unhappy to be grumpy. Because of this, figuring out what the source of your muck is and how you can better deal with the problems it is causing is important.
How to fight grumpiness
If you are in a constant state of crumbling and often shooing children off your lawn, you may want to start looking into it.
- Discover the source – There’s a reason you’re grumpy all the time, and it’s not because Snow White is your favorite Disney cartoon. The first step in reducing your irritability is to find out why you are irritable. Think about when you started feeling this way and what was happening around you, what may have been causing it. The answer can be complex, but realizing it is a big step out of Grouchland.
- Think about reducing your intake of certain things – If you drink a lot of coffee or drink adult drinks frequently, these may not help with your grumpiness problem. Too much caffeine or too much alcohol can cause irritability in some people, so think about reducing your intake.
- Be honest – The truth is, it’s often the little things that set the grumbler in motion. Sure, you start out playing Monopoly with good intentions, but when you find yourself in large debt and sent straight to jail too many times, the grump shows up. Things that many people are comfortable with may not be a good fit for you, but just be honest with yourself. Sometimes it can be helpful and insightful to just understand the little things that inspire you.
- Turn it off – Grumpiness and irritability are rooted in the body’s fight or flight response. You no longer guard the cave entrance from predators trying to eat you, but your body doesn’t really know that. So if you’re feeling irritable, it’s time to exercise. A quick walk or a few pushups can be what it takes to take the edge off.
- Take a break – If you feel like you are getting grumpy, you may just need to take some time off. Go to a quiet place where you can be alone and let go of what is going on around you. Remember, your body often grumpily tells you it needs a break, so listen instead of trying to move on.
Grumpy may be one of the seven dwarfs, but he shouldn’t be idolized. Try these strategies and maybe you can move on to being shy or even happy. Sleepy would work too.
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