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Controlling Your Anger

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

You can feel it coming on: The increase in heart rate and a sudden build-up of adrenaline. You are trying not to shake or shiver but your face is saying otherwise. You try to calm yourself down but the thought of it makes you want to burst out in anger even more. Congratulations, you're not the only one who gets angry. You must be from another planet, if you don't get angry every once in a while--or you could actually be a Furian warrior. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you find yourself out-of-control (again).

The other side of healthy

Ok, what's the opposite of health and begins with the letter "u"? The answer is unhealthy--duh! I can't express enough how unhealthy it is to be angry all the time. While stress comes in many forms, like exercise, stress from being angry helps no one, especially you. Be careful, you may find that those strange headaches are of your own cause.

Seek change

Unless you are committed to changing your ways, you are wasting your time even considering it. At least, if you do have a problem with your temper, you should admit to it. There's nothing like someone in denial. And, no, denial it isn't a river in Egypt. There are so many ways to seek change. A first step would be to increase your awareness of your thoughts as well as your actions and reactions to your state-of-mind. Meditation would be a great place to start or a simple online forum where you can talk with others who are in similar situations with you. You will be able to vent in a safe manner.

Don't hurt others

When you get angry, it is infectious. The person you directed it to gets angry then the person they come in contact with gets it, and so on. It's like a biological contaminant that turns everyone into zombies except they aren't really zombies, they're all jerks! What I'm trying to say is the next step after being angry is the urge to hurt someone, or even yourself. If this is you, you must seek help immediately.

Venting the frustration from being angry is very therapeutic. What you need to keep in mind is the manner in which you release your frustration: 1) Don't hold on to your anger, 2) Release the tension, 3) Seek help by finding someone to speak with, and 4) Become proactive and teach yourself to become aware of the signs and learn how to avert an oncoming episode. With these steps, you can become more aware of your thoughts and, therefore, become better at controlling your anger. Take care of yourself!


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Jan 20, 2011 9:08pm
manspaugh
I gotta stop driving in rush hour.
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