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Ways to Handle or Deal with Agitation

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Agitation is the state of being stirred in emotion or anxiety in a significant manner. Sometimes agitation can be positive but often it takes the form of negative emotions and emotional responses. The inner tumbler of a washing machine is called an agitator because it beats the clothes inside the machine to help with the cleaning process.

There are times when people feel as if they are being beaten internally by various circumstances in life. These feelings build into a general experience of agitation. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, everyone gets agitated by someone or something at some point during the week or sometimes the day. Agitation normally builds from small annoyances that become larger distractions. For example, ongoing noises can become agitating.

Some common agitations

People are often agitated by ongoing situations or circumstances. Things like problems at home, difficulties at work, various personal problems or common daily issues can create agitation within the mind and the spirit. Agitation is often a result of multiple factors or issues building up.

Chronic complaining from co-workers or family members

Ongoing interpersonal conflicts

Constant streams of small problems

Difficult work situations or environments

All of this leads to a burning question: how can people deal with agitation?

Recognize things that cause agitation

Before agitation can be dealt with in an effective manner, there must first be recognition of the causes. Take a few moments to take an honest assessment of those things that add or create stress. Either deal with the situations or try to avoid them altogether. Identification is the first step to dealing with those agitations.

Do things to relieve the stress or burden

There are a number of things that people can do to help relieve the burden of agitation. One of the easiest ways to ease agitation is to get away from those things causing the problem. Take a few minutes to do something to relax and ease the tension.

There can be simple things like turning on some soothing music. Music has a significant impact on the mood and attitude of individuals. Another means to reduce agitation is taking a few minutes to do some basic relaxation techniques like controlled breathing or muscle tension reduction. These techniques can bring some quick and easy relief during times of agitation or stress.

Other possible suggestions


Some moderate exercise can release chemicals in the body that will assist in reducing stress. Taking a brisk walk or taking the time to take the stairs at work can help reduce the levels of agitation.

Eat a healthy snack

Eating can give a significant boost of energy and change emotional levels in a positive manner. Be sure to eat something that is healthy. Adding junk food for a quick boost will often lead to an energy crash later in the day.

Be willing to forgive

One reason many people become agitated is because they are too busy being bitter and hold grudges against other people. Most of the time the only one who is hurt by a grudge is the one holding it.

Consult professional help

Some individuals have such a high level of personal agitation that it has a significant negative impact on their lives. There are some people who need to seek professional help dealing with these issues. People wrongly believe that seeking mental help is a sign of incredible weakness. Instead, it is a sign of incredible strength. It takes courage, strength and boldness to admit problems or challenges and face them. The coward or weakling knows their issues and problems but does nothing about them.

Take some positive steps by recognizing the things that create agitation, take appropriate steps to deal with the issues and do things that will relieve the agitation. When people become less agitated it makes people more productive, more cheerful and generally more satisfied with life on the whole. Move forward and deal with those agitations to be free of their power and their influence.

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