For a long time, I consciously didn’t do anything with the stuff that irritated me. I figured most things that annoyed me fell outside of what Stephen Covey calls the “circle of influence”. When I couldn’t do a thing about it, I’d drop it.
Doesn’t make much sense to be angry at the rain, after all. My frustration wasn’t going to change the situation.
But focus your time and energy on things you can change, and you create true momentum and impact. This was life-changing for me.
Also: anger? Frustration? That’s energy too. And as with aikido (I’m hopeless at sports, but I’ve heard this is how it works), where you don’t try to withstand an attack, but let the energy of your attacker work for you, I’ve found you can do the same with things that irritate you.