I have been known to have a few opinions in my day. One might even call me “strongly opinionated”.
I have also been known to have a terrible, terrible time handling stress. I am stressed almost 100% of the time these days and its led to some pretty nasty reactions on my body’s part including headaches, acne, hair loss, and stomach issues. Now, normally this stress has things to do with my day to day activities. I’m typically stressed about getting an assignment done or paying my bills on time. But every once in a while, the stress comes from somebody else’s dumbass opinions popping up on my social media feed.
I would like to tell you that I am a fair woman who respects all opinions. I actually think that I was that woman at some point in my life. But the cocktail of hormones that runs my brain most days has made me pretty quick to anger when it comes to disagreeing with somebody. So you can imagine how my brain reacts to seeing things that are homophobic, racist, or just all around rude (bonus points if these things come from relatives). I try my very best to not respond to these things but it often builds up to the point where I do say something. And saying something inevitably starts a futile argument, one which causes even more stress. When I can physically feel the blood rushing through my body, that’s when I know it’s time to fix the way I handle these situations. If you’re anything like me and you need to find some inner peace to combat the idiocy of social media trolls, feel free to follow some things that I’ve been trying lately.
- Deep breathing. No joke, those deep breathing yoga junkies really know what they’re talking about. It’s the first step I try to take in calming myself down. And I’m not talking slow, tiny breaths. I’m talking DEEP, LOUD BREATHS, sometimes termed “firebreaths”. According to one NPR article, breathing exercises dampen the production of stress hormones. Not only that, but practicing these breathing techniques on the regular can change gene expression so that our bodies handle stress more effectively.
- Work it out. I sincerely miss having a treadmill where I live because running is the best way, personally, for me to blow off some steam. Even if you don’t typically run, doing a quick, angry workout to some badass music can release some seriously toxic pent up mojo.
- Destroy something. I’m gonna preface this one by first saying that you should use common sense with this option. Don’t throw expensive things. Don’t destroy things that aren’t yours. Don’t be dumb. But ripping up some papers or throwing some pillows can be weirdly cathartic. I don’t think we should be ashamed in taking out our frustrations in a safe, primal way.
- Yell about it. Nothing quite like yelling off of some rooftops, huh? Or, if you live too close to other people for that to be socially acceptable, perhaps draft a strongly-worded Word document in all capital letters? Not the same effect, I know, but it does help to get your words out on paper too. Just make sure you delete it when you’re done.
- Be like Elsa. Just let that shit go, man. Seriously. Once you’ve breathed deep and yelled about it and the initial frustration is gone, make the choice to let it go. It takes a long time to find acceptance. People will always say things that you don’t agree with and that’s okay. You can’t let those things harm your mental and physical health because its just not worth it. Those people aren’t worth it. We cannot control what other people believe, we can only control how we react to it. Be the bigger person and let it go.
So there are a few tips on how to work through the trials and tribulations of being an opinionated human flesh bag. Now you might be thinking, “These tips were unoriginal and poorly thought out.” To which I say, yes! How right you are! That’s your opinion and I respect that!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a strongly worded Word document to write in all caps.