My religious beliefs bring me peace and help me to get through life. I'm interested in learning about atheist mental techniques for dealing with life's dilemmas. What do you do when you experience unwanted emotions such as anger, fear, regret, embarrassment etc.?
I know that anti-depressant medication and/or psychotherapy are always an option but I have never felt I needed them because I have other ways of dealing with these emotions that involve spirituality. So I was wondering about the atheist equivalent or ways that atheists deal with life, other than by seeking professional help.
Here is an example: You are forced to work with someone who you find unreasonable, inconsiderate and stupid. How do you keep yourself from being consumed by anger?
In the example you give, I try to remember that my job is important to my organization and, generally speaking, I do it pretty well. I also laugh, a lot, at the one asshole who fits well into your description of "unreasonable, inconsiderate and stupid." Also, I remember--no one will die if things don't go exactly right (I work in a public library--believe me, despite what many people think, they will not die if their copy of Iron Man 3
is not available for pickup tomorrow.)
I had cancer last year (cured by medical science). I never thought, "Why me" or "Help me god." Just, let me get through these treatments.
Music, laughter, art, my daughter. Sometimes just taking a clipper and cutting back the bushes at the front of my house. Sometimes crying. Those are the things that help me get through life. Also a bit of perspective which comes as I age.