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I used to be a very hard person to get angry. It used to take so much to get under my skin, but since my father died (2+ years ago), I have been angry at almost everything.

I had no unresolved issues with my dad, and I had a very close relationship with him. My mother and I are still very close, in fact she is our childcare provider.

I know that I am angry all the time because of my dad's death, but I'm not sure why this makes me angry. My dad went through 7 years of deterioration, and declining health, and we knew all along that he might die any day.

I am not violent, although I could see myself being that way...I just know better than to let that anger take over me. I have been taking my anger out on my husband, my mom, and my kids (in the form of fussing at them, and yelling when they do something that makes me angry).

I try SO hard not to let myself get angry, but it almost seems like my anger episodes are not under my control. It always takes me several minutes to calm myself down after I get angry. I have seen a counselor, but that didn't help at all. Her suggestion was to do some things (hobbies) that I have always wanted to do like songwriting, writing stories/poems, etc. The problem is that I don't have the time to do any of this:

I have 2 children (3 years old and 18 months). The 3 year old is very trying (doesn't listen, has tempter tantrums, throws objects in protest...the usual 3 year old behavior, plus some :nono: ), and the 18 month old is developmentally delayed and requires multiple physical and occupational therapy sessions each week. I work 30 hours a week, and my husband works full time. Heck, I don't even have time to do the laundry each week (thank God my husband helps out!). I used to cook dinner every night, but lately I'm lucky to be able to cook dinner 2 times a week!

Any suggestions for calming my anger, or getting to the real source of my anger? I'd love to give myself some relaxation time, or some time to do whatever hobbies I like, but I just can't spare any free time. :(

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