Tips For Taming Your Anger

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8 Quick Tips For Managing Anger

Anger is normal, but it's not always healthy or productive

Anger is normal, but it’s not always healthy or productive

Anger is one of the emotions most of us would prefer not to feel, but as unpleasant as it may be, anger is a normal, healthy emotion that everyone experiences. It’s ok to feel angry, but how you express anger can cause problems. Here’s 7 tips to help you manage anger effectively.

Tip #1: Sleep Well, Eat Well

Sleep and diet are vital in mood management, but they’re also essential when it comes to controlling anger. It might seem obvious, but invest in sleep and a balanced diet.

Tip #2: Take Regular Breaks

Try taking a break from your every day environment so your mind can have some down time. If you work in a noisy or active environment, try to have some quiet time each day. Effective and regular meditation is also a great way to learn how to give our minds a break.

Tip #3: Know Your Warning Signs For Anger

To be able to manage anger, you have to be able to recognise it. The earlier you can detect your anger, the easier managing it will be. Watch out for the physiological signs of anger such as: tightness in the chest, a rush of energy or heat, tensed muscles, grinding teeth, increased heath rate or racing thoughts. You can also make a list of situations that usually tick you off. It might be being cut off in traffic, somebody jumping queue or running late for an appointment. Knowing your usual triggers can make your anger more predictable.

Tip #4: Take Some Time Out

Removing yourself from the situation that’s triggered your anger is important when you’re trying to cool off. Excuse yourself from the situation and go for a walk. Take in deep breaths and count down from 10. If you still feel a bit wired repeat.

Tip #5: Get Active

Regular exercise can help you manage some of the physiological symptoms of anger. Going for a run or hitting the gym can help you calm down and expend excess energy in a more productive way.

Tip #6: Talk It Through

When you’re angry, your anger will influence your interpretations of situations and most of the time your interpretations will be biased. Try to see the triggering situation from another point of view, and if you can’t, try talking it through with a close friend. A friend may be able to provide an objective viewpoint that your anger is blinding you to.

Tip #7: Practice Acceptance

Accept that you don’t always have to be right. When you’re angry, ask yourself: is it more important to be right or to have a positive relationship? At times it may be best to agree to disagree. Compromise and learn to accept this.

Tip #8: Act, Don’t React

Taking physical or mental space from the problem can give you the time you need to cool off and come up with an plan for action. Being skilled in problem solving and assertiveness are key ingredients to effective conflict resolution.

Remember it’s not about getting rid of anger all together, but about dealing with your emotions so you can express your anger more productively.


 

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