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Happy “Last Nerve Day”
The Day When *Everything* Seems Like Too Much
You know those days when everything, even the most benign conversations or events, just grinds your gears?
I had one recently.
The neighbor's cheery "Good morning!" feels like a personal affront. The barista’s asking, "Would you like whipped cream on that?" sounds like a ridiculously annoying question. Heck, even your dog’s happy wagging can seem a tad too... happy.
It's bewildering, isn't it? These are all perfectly reasonable events. And yet, on these peculiar days, it feels as if the world conspires to push every. single. button.
So, here's some sage (or at least semi-sage) advice on navigating through these inexplicably irksome times:
1. Breathe Deep and Often
When you find yourself irked by the innocuous question, "How’s your day?", take a deep breath. Remember, oxygen is not just essential for survival, but also for sanity.
2. Take a Break
If the latest email in your inbox is making your blood boil (and it’s simply a reminder to change your car’s oil,) maybe it’s time to step away. A quick walk or even just a change of scenery can provide a refreshing reset.
3. Seek Solitude (Briefly)
On these days, people can seem especially... people-y. It's okay to find a quiet corner, pop on some headphones, and let calming music transport you away.
Believe it or not, sometimes being even slightly dehydrated can make you irritable. So, if the sound of your coworker's typing starts resembling a jackhammer, go grab a glass of water.
5. Journal or Vent (Safely)
Write down what’s bothering you, or talk to someone you trust. Confession is good for the soul and just letting another human know that you’re having an irrationally universal bad reaction to everything can help. Sometimes, the simple act of expressing your imperfection can give you grace and power.
Like I said, I had a day like this recently. It just happened to be that I was slated to speak to a church group about God’s attributes. I shared with them that it was a “Last Nerve Day” and, afterwards, a number of people thanked me for the message but an equal number thanked me for being honest about my day; they we’re relieved that they weren’t alone in having those experiences.
At the heart of it all, these trying days remind us of the importance of grace – both for ourselves and others. Nobody's perfect, and on days when your patience is thinner than a supermodel feasting on a rice cake, cut yourself some slack. Extend that same grace to others too. After all, grace is like a magic eraser; it's a pretty good regret remover. So here’s to weathering those inexplicably tough days, and coming out on the other side with our sanity (mostly) intact.