How to stop a snit


Snit:  We women know the word so well – “state of agitation, fit of temper, getting your panty hose in a wad.” Here in the South it’s known as a hissy fit and I love to watch someone ELSE in the middle of one.

hissyI’m the queen of all snitters, but I don’t wear panty hose any longer so I have to wad up something else.  I’ve been known to throw a plate of cornbread against the wall to let off snit steam.  You rarely hear it in connection with men, but baby, I assure you I can cause a man to exhibit snitty behavior with a withering look.

Now that I’m all grown up, I’m looking for ideas for nipping my snits in the bud before I embarrass myself and end up having to apologize to someone.

This morning I was skimming through my new book “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Dr. Brene Brown and discovered how it can be done.

Whenever I work myself up into a good snit, I try to stop for a minute, take a deep breath, choose a new response and look for the humor usually buried within such situations. .  When I burned the pumpkins seeds I was roasting this morning, rather than shouting an obscenity or slamming the oven door so hard it falls off its hinges, I remind myself I have five more pumpkins on the front porch just waiting to have their seeds harvested .

Many of us can mobilize resistence to common problems such as traffic jams and long lines at the supermarket.  The dirty tricks department of the mind can trigger a snit which won’t do you a bit of good and could push your blood pressure into the danger zone.

Instead, just change your mind and realize whatever is bugging you is just a bump in the road and won’t even be remembered a month from now…unless you give in and throw a hissy hit in the middle of the store which will never be forgotten.

3 thoughts on “How to stop a snit

  1. I just have two questions. Does one need to be a Drama Queen to throw a proper hissyfit? and was it really necessary to sacrifice a plate of cornbread?

    Good topic. I need to work on perfection. I am better than I used to be, omg, I almost posted there was room for improvement, I could be better at being less perfect. Sign me up for a 12 step program for “Overcoming perfection.”

    Good night.

  2. I don’t think you have to be a drama queen to have a hissy fit and men are perfectly capable of having one, we do it different.

  3. Last night while standing in line in the cold waiting to enter the Heritage auditorium . I was visiting with an older couple when a couple came up an walked up to the front to be with someone they knew. It took all my reserves not to go say something to them. The older couple had been there longer than I. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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