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Because there are so many idiots in the world, and we must navigate them all. Photo: Vital9s (Shutterstock) It’s always the little things that make me snap. A spouse breathing too loudly, a dish left in the sink, a stranger’s bad parking job: Suddenly my whole day is ruined, and everyone I know is lucky enough to be subjected to my Larry David-like rants. With the holidays upon us, there is no shortage of “little” things to spike our collective irritability levels. Many factors can lead to increased irritability, including a lack of sleep, low blood sugar levels, or beloved family members overstaying their welcome. Even when your triggers seem small, overcoming your irritability is no small feat. According to Psychology Today , your frustration stems from the same stress hormones that surge into action when we enter fight-or-flight mentality, where the slightest stimulant can make us jump and react as if we are under attack. But instead of a caveman using fight-or-flight instincts to avoid serious predators, you find yourself freaking out over the way your father-in-law chews his food. If you’re at your wits’ end with how irritable you’ve been lately, here are techniques to try and get your frustration in check. Acknowledge that you’re annoyed Don’t try to push away your frustration in the hope that it fades on its own. Even when all you need is a little time and space, you don’t want to stew in your unresolved emotions. In fact, verbalizing the fact […]