It’s completely safe to say that anger is a completely normal, mostly healthy, human emotion. But it becomes a problem when it’s out of control and turns destructive —problems in your personal relationships, at work and intervenes in the overall quality of your life. What’s more, it can make you feel helpless as if you’re at the mercy of your unpredictable nature.
The good news is anger management is easier than you think. Are you ready to get your anger under control? Start by considering these 7 anger management techniques.
Think before you speak
In the heat of the moment, without giving much thought, it’s easy to say something you’ll regret later. Take a couple of minutes and relax. Collect your thoughts before saying anything rude or disrespectful— and allow others involved in the situation to practice the same.
Keep your calm, express your anger
As soon as you’ve gathered your thoughts and are able to think clearly, express your frustration and put up your point but in a non-confrontational way. State your concerns clearly and in a direct manner, while doing so try not to hurt others or control them.
Know when to seek help
Learning to control anger is a skill, it’s a difficult challenge to start with. Seek help for managing your anger issues if your anger seems to get out of control even after practicing patience. It’s isn’t anything to be ashamed of, help is just another way! Opt for an anger management therapy, if need be.
Physical exercise can help you relieve stress which is an obvious cause of anger. If you feel your anger escalating by the minute, opt to leave the place and go for a brisk walk or run, or indulge in some other regressive exercises which will help you get over the situation and relieve your anger.
Take a timeout
If you thought that “Timeouts” are just for kids, you are wrong! Allow yourself to take short breaks during the day when get stressful. A few moments of quiet ‘me’ time might help you feel better and prepare you to handle situations better without getting irritated.
Don’t hold grudges
Needless to say- “Forgiveness” is a powerful value. If you allow anger, irritation and other negative virtues to take over and deprive you of positive feelings. There might be times when you feel all caught up in your own bitterness but only if you learn to forgive, you might gain strength and work on the relationship.
Use humor to release tension
Lighten up! Lightening up in serious situations can help diffuse tension. Humour yourself, use humor to let go of your anger and will help you maintain peace.
Try making humor- a choice. It feels a lot better to laugh than to swelter.