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Tips To Coping With Irritability: Part II


In my previous article, I discussed three tips for coping with irritability.  In this article, I will discuss three more tips for coping with irritability.

Figure Out What Is Triggering Your Irritablity

On a first note, according to, the following can be mentioned:

The best way to reduce irritability is to figure out what’s making you irritable—and then address it. Identify when you first became irritable and consider what might have set you off. It’s important to remember that while your reactions might feel complex at the moment, the issue that triggered them might be simple.

For example, try finding the solution to the problem.  Try journaling, for example.  This will enable you to see a solution to the problem on a sheet of paper.

Reduce Caffeine

On a second note, consider lessening your caffeine consumption.  This does not mean go “cold turkey” and drink no caffeine at all.  Instead, try to avoid drinking caffeine after 3pm.  This will prevent you from having difficulty going to sleep at night.  Try to limit your caffeine intake to the morning.  According to, the following can be noted:

I once worked with a barista at a coffee house who had problems with irritability. It turns out the real problem was the hourly mochaccino breaks he was taking. Too much caffeine during the day and too much alcohol at night are frequent sources of irritability for many people. So consider cutting back.

It’s Often The Little Things

According to, the following can be mentioned:

We often dismiss considering things that shouldn’t make us irritable even if they actually do. For example, a competitive person might become irritable when they lose at Words with Friends, but since they know that’s silly, they ignore the fact that their mother’s triple word score vaulted her into the lead and triggered their internal sourness. Be honest with yourself about what’s bothering you: Simply acknowledging that something is making you irritable is often enough to take the edge off.


In conclusion, three specific tips have been mentioned to cope with irritability.  They include figuring out what is triggering your irritability, reducing caffeine, and trying not to focus too much on the little things.  In relation to figuring out what is triggering your irritability, try journaling.  In relation to reducing caffeine, try limiting your caffeine to the morning.  In relation to focusing on the little things, focus on the big picture.

Tips To Coping With Irritability: Part II

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). Tips To Coping With Irritability: Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 4, 2020, from


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