Audio: Irritation

Sometime in the next 24 hours you’re going to feel frustrated or irritated. It’s right then that i want you to come and listen to this message. This is an emergency audio to help when when you’re irritated or annoyed.

It’s a 2-minute timeout, to help you refocus, to remind you that wolfie is an anus.

So here’s the homework: sometime in the next 24 hrs, you experience irritation or frustration with someone or something (construction noise, windshield wipers that don’t work, a zipper that separates, an egg that isn’t fully cooked). and right at that second, i want you to listen to this audio. Right when you’re agitated. In fact, you can go around all day WAITING to be frustrated or irritated, just so you can come and listen to this audio.

Then you listen.

Then you post a comment below.

And then i pick one comment and that person will receive a brass Stay Here bracelet (value $33, donated thanks to the Sober Good Works fund).


(ps, my blog allows for anonymous comments – so you don’t have to fill in a name or an email address to post your comment below).

Over the next 24 hrs, I’ll select a blog comment and that person will receive a brass Stay Here bracelet for free (value $33).


I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

62 thoughts to “Audio: Irritation”

  1. EVERYTHING was irritating me this morning, starting at waking up at 4 a.m. sore all over and having to take an ibuprofen EVEN though I didn’t drink last night >_<* So coming into work popping open your email(a day later but always the right thing at the right time!) then listening to this ahhhh shoulder drop, perspective, none of it is worth the overwhelm. put on some more 1 minute messages and get on with the day. with a [sincere] smile, thanks πŸ™‚

  2. As soon as you said drop your shoulders I realized they were up around my ears! We had major wind storms with lots of trees down and they are buzz sawing another tree into pieces. The sound of a buzz saw is so irritating in itself and a great metaphor for all the ways I feel irritable. today I am going to remind myself to drop my shoulders when I feel irritation coming on! Anjoma8801

  3. I am on Day 645 and my Irritability Meter has been on HIGH ALERT the past few days. I am getting over the flu and have no tolerance for anything. The copy machine, the people slamming the copy machine, my office being next to the copy machine. the hard-to-reach copy machine mechanic, the person who is waiting for copies, the friggin paper stuck in the copy machine. Am I really getting mad at a piece of paper? But I can say now that nothing, and I mean nothing is worth jeopardizing my sobriety. Thank you, Belle, for your timely email and recording. Another tool for my sober toolbox. By the way, I fixed the copy machine. Network connection plug was just a little loose. No big deal.

  4. I am struggling with overwhelm. No alcohol but trying to rein in my eating – sugar became the new alcohol…ok food in general…and Wolfie is right there in my ear now…overwhelm with trying to make decisions that cannot be made today…where should we live?, how will we survive Trump?, how many ways can he hurt us?, what can I do that is meaningful that will make a difference here?, how can I wean myself off Facebook and all the disheartening news there?, everywhere actually…distracted and hungry…irritated. I go to the audio and find a moment of peace…it asks how important is this…it feels deeply important but it sure will not be resolved in this moment. I think a nap may be the best solution. Sleep is better than overwhelm. I know this. Audio, nap…soothing the overwhelm.

  5. I’m a day late, but I wanted to let you know that irritation or frustration is probably my biggest trigger. I’m beginning a meditation practice, and this fits beautifully with my practice. It’s so hard “in the moment” to step back, observe and breathe. Thank you.

  6. This is fabulous Belle. Arrived home from work only to have a huge disagreement with my 19 year old son he left to go out and I was left feeling depleted and very upset. Normally I would crack open a bottle of wine and down the whole thing, instead I listened to the audio four times, it gave me clarity and strength! Day 5 done & dusted πŸ™‚

  7. Belle, I saved this email and I’m glad I did! I needed it today. The STBX and his “woman friend” sent me emails this morning just to be irritating to me, to get under my skin. And I started letting them. Then I remembered this email and audio for being irratated and I listened and it helped me to realize that I am not giving them my power. I am not going to let them ruin my day.

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