Being “hangry” is a very real thing I learned. For those of you who don’t know it, it is defined as “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of being hungry”. Now picture being hangry while driving 30km/hr on a winding mountain road for 2 hours through construction. One might say YIKES!! If you haven’t guessed it, that was me and sometimes my partner on our holidays this summer. This could have been a very dangerous situation to tread through as a somewhat newly married couple. And yes, you could sometimes see the fear in both of our eyes when we learned the other was hangry. Maybe we are a little scary when hangry? I don’t know, maybe?
Although this gave us the opportunity to work on our relationship skills! (Always got to find the positive in situations, right?). What better time to learn to communicate than during the toughest of times when sitting on the side of the mountain when its 30 degrees and a dog who won’t sit still and you haven’t eaten in…. well, you can’t remember. Luckily for us, we were both very motivated to avoid the sometimes devastating consequences of hangry times. At the first sign of hangry, we would call each other out on it, or sometimes ourselves if we noticed it was developing. Then expressed to each other if we could just have a few moments to collect ourselves, eat a granola bar, and have some water, before anyone spoke again. The odd time we would just need the other to take over a situation because we just couldn’t handle life.
And it worked beautifully! Disaster avoided! Although you would think after the first couple of hangry rounds we would learn to schedule in eating time, NOPE! This was a daily occurrence, and we still managed to get through it in one peace thanks to respecting each other's needs.
So why am I telling you this? For one, schedule food time when travelling!! Trust me this sounds easy, but apparently it is not or at least for us it was not. We could have just been too excited about holidays since we hadn’t travelled too much together before getting married. Second, don’t be afraid to own up to the growing hangry inside of you. What’s the worst that is going to happen? Nothing. At least
it is out in the open and you can deal with it before it turns scary. Don’t make yourself wrong for it, it happens. Nothing good ever comes from making yourself wrong. To quote TV “grab a snickers bar”.