Sunday, June 8, 2008

Burning Question of the Week #5

So yesterday was totally boring and as usually happens when I am bored, I also find lots of things to make me mad. You know how it goes, Dad is home, kids are bugging each other, oh... and I had literally 7 loads of laundry on my bed waiting to be folded..........it was rainy and like 50 degrees. BLAHHH! Anyway I won't bore YOU with the details of my onery attitude, let's just say that within a 1/2 hour I was all better. That's because I have a great solution for my grouchy problem, which leads me to the burning ?

#5. What do you do to escape the disgruntled anger that builds up in your life?

I ran. I got my running shoes on at 9:30, taking full advantage of that fabulous midnight sun and just ran and took out my anger on the pavement. Sing it with me.... "Ain't no buddy gonna break my stride, no buddy gonna slow me down.... sorry. Anyway when my 30 minutes were up (that's all I can manage these days) I came home with a smile. I think sometimes Mike wonders what happens to me in that 1/2 hour. Maybe aliens ate his mean wife, and spit out the nice one, or maybe I got bit by the happy misquitos, whatever it is I'm sure he appreciates it as much as I do.

18 comments:

Elliott Family said...

When mad or extremely ornery if escaping can't happen I tend to clean (Ty loves it when I am mad) if the outdoors is an option I too find great solace in a good run, other coping techniques include: the mad dance(a lot of high kicks, layouts, and leaps), punching pillows, throwing garbage into the can extremely hard, or mega speed elliptical training. I usually feel soooo good after until the next day when I wish I would've stretched a little bit more :)

annelisa said...

Like you, I too run to burn off my frustration. If that is not an option, I lock myself in the bathroom and take a long hot shower. That usually works for me!

Kritta22 said...

When we lived in Seattle, I would drive to the water (salt or a lake) and just be for about 15 minutes and would be a different person, totally! But here I would say I haven't found one. I shall try your run technique though, so we just got a treadmill last weekend. I usually just stay mad until I sleep! Oh or I write in my journal. I will have to burn it when I am done with!

tris said...

Hey Mags! I loved you pictures with Mom and Dad. Mom said it was awful leaving. We will definately be coming up soon. When I am irritated I have to leave my house. Go somewhere with the kids where we can all let go of the tension. Now you know the secret of why I'm always out with the kids.

Scott & Haley said...

Mags I am glad the question of the week is back I have missed it. I would have to say running as well with the ragnar coming up I should be running more than I am but it is hard to run with Lillers. And I wish I and midnight sun like you. When I was in Cedar there was several times I was really frustrated with roommates, the opposite sex, school, work, etc and I would go running at midnight. My frustrations always seem to build at night time. There has been several nights lately that I have just wanted to go running but don't feel as invincible as I did when I was single. I have two people in my life now that would like my running at night! WO that was a long answer. I guess I could say that blogging is a good way to release the frustrations when I can't run on the Sabbath! I love ya sis!

Scott & Haley said...

P.S. Talking to my sisters always helps too!

Aundrea said...

I have to leave my house...alone! Even if it's just to the grocery store, I feel better when I get back:)

Jenny said...

Sometimes I just go outside (the kids are always happier outside), but most of the time I usually have a snack or bake something. Not the best way to release frustration. I should probably run instead. Maybe next time...

Melinda said...

Lately, I have found that I like to get outside and garden. It's great to be outside and hear the birds singing, feel the sun shining, and get my hands in the earth. I guess I literally "ground" myself in the earth! And when I'm done, I feel really good about the work I've done in the yard and get to see immediate results. That releases a lot of my frustration.

Strupp Family said...

Ah, the burning question of the week. Once again, I look up to you for the way you handle things. Running. How healthy. I can say I used to do that, but now I usually just yell. Just kidding...I'd probably say I clean, too. And it's a mad cleaning. Like I slam cupboard doors and mutter to myself. And it usually fuels the fire because then I wonder why I'm the only one cleaning up around here... :) I guess I have to find more healthy ways to release my anger.

Crump Family said...

I'll chime in on this one. I am also a runner and enjoy running, but another thing that cheers me up is putting on "good mood music". What classifies as "good mood music" can vary from one time to the next - sometimes it's something with a driving beat, other times it's something instrumental and soothing. If the TV or other things are going on I'll just pull out the ipod and tune out while I fix dinner or something else. If tuning out isn't an option I'll just put on something I can dance around like a lunatic to because that always makes Ethan laugh, which usually makes me laugh, and then everyone is feeling better.

If Steve's around and can look after E-man I might try to sneak in the luxury of a nap if I'm cranky. Just like kiddos, I'm less than ideal if I'm over tired.

Anyways, that's all I have to say about that.

about us . . . said...

i totally agree with you about exercising, whether its running or whatever! working up a good sweat just does wonders for the body. i've started going back to the Y to exercise since they provide the daycare and it is so GREAT! climbing on the glacier looks soooo fun. i did that once when i was 12. we visited my brother when he was stationed in valdez. i got lost. i hyperventilated. and i found my way out of the 1 sqaure mile forest. LOL what can i say, i was only 12! miss ya!!!!

Heather Mills said...

Hey Maggie! I wish I had a healthy escape like you.....I actually clean when I am mad. Probably because I am frustrated that the house isn't juuusst perfect. Anyways, I don't recommend doing the dishes mad...I have broken a few dishes by scrubbing too hard with all my pent up anger!
Anyways, its good to see you guys are doing so well in Alaska! Jerrel is signing up for the Air Force to get us through dental school so it is good for me to see a glimpse of things to come. Check out our blog, lots of big changes in the Mill's household!

Monster Mary said...

Sam has us throw our grouchies in the trees. It actually does help us feel better.

Nicole said...

Running seems to do the trick when I can escape for a half hour, but if I can't pull that one off, a nice long drive in the car (alone) with my favorite music does the trick. I'm just so bummed that gas prices are so high. Ughhhh!

Emilee said...

I play the piano. Loudly. Very loudly and very fast. All my favorite sonatas, and I ignore my children when they tell me they need something until all my anger is worked out and I can approach the situation calmly again.

weryoungs said...

I have to go on a run or a walk, and I must have my music to calm me down.

Deeds said...

I run too, if I can get away from my family.....if Daylon isn't here though, I stop what I am doing and put on the kids only music channel and the kids and I dance it off in our living room. Now that I think of it maybe I need to get some different curtains up mine our sheer.........I now wonder what my neighbors think of me. I finally got my own blog so check it out you will look @ Ethan a different way!!! adayinthedeeds.blogspot.com

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