I have always been very patient. I do not lose my cool very easily and even when it might appear I still remain in control. But like any human I have my days where I can lose my cool (it happens once or twice a year) and I usually look for ways to get myself back on track and regain control.
A few days ago I was informed of bad news on the business side and also on the personal side (even more important). I guess the bad news and a few other things I did where I dropped the ball (very minor in nature like forgetting to pay the water utilities) all bunched up and made me have a really bad few days.
The Anger Within Me
I guess that I had so much anger in me that I normally write to get my thoughts and my feelings together but I could not even think straight or write. The only thing that kept on worrying me was controlling myself and not emitting that negative energy to my daughter. I have to say it took a while but the fact that now I am a Dad and I have the responsibility to serve as role model I had to control myself even when I felt punching a wall or even breaking something just to release some tension.
When I am exercising and going to the gym it is very easy to release that tension even when I go for a run. The problem is I have not been running as often (I started a weeks ago and I am at the moment injured so it will be a few more weeks until I can run again) and I am so out of shape that it even frustrated me more. So looking back I have to start a better exercise regimen that goes along with my writing regimen. Sometimes physical activity goes a long way in helping us release our tensions.
The same way I want to have those options for my daughter to release tension by playing sports, writing, painting, and/or doing something creative (I am sure @ricklipsett can help me out on the creative side).
In what ways do you release tension? Has being a parent help increase your level of patience and how to control yourself?