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Tips to Control Your Anger Before It Controls You

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

We all know what it is like to feel angry- whether it is a fleeting frustration or rage that became out of control. Keeping your anger in check can be challenging; however, there are ways to control your temper before it starts to control you.

Do you find yourself getting angry over small stuff? For instance, do you feel irritated or angry when someone cuts you off in traffic, or when your child refuses to listen to you? Anger is a completely normal and is even considered as a healthy emotion; however, problems start to arise when it becomes out of control. It is vital to learn how to deal with it in a positive way. Remember that uncontrolled anger can lead to damaged relationships and health problems.

Simple Tips To Control Your Anger

  1. Identify The Reason Behind Your Anger: The first thing you need to do is to identify why you are angry. You must try to determine what's making you so upset and try to address that problem instead of reacting in frustration. Make sure that when identifying the cause of your temper, you need to be clear and specific.

  2. Think About Possible Solutions: After identifying the problem, you must stop for a while and allow yourself time to manage your temper. It is advisable to think about how you should react without reacting yet. Keep in mind that letting anger control your actions won't fix anything and it will only make things worse.

  3. Take A Timeout: Taking a timeout is not only for young children. When you start feeling frustrated or irritated, you can count to 10. Before lashing out on people who had made you angry, you must first take a few minutes to breathe in and out while counting to 10. Taking the time to slow down will put a damper on your temper. If necessary, you can try to respectfully walk away until your frustration starts to defuse.

  4. Practice Relaxation Techniques: There are simple relaxation techniques that can help calm you down. Among the best techniques include deep breathing and picturing a relaxing image. Other simple techniques you can try are the following:

  • Breathe deeply from your diaphragm. Breathing from your chest won't do anything to calm you down.
  • Repeat a calming phrase, such as "take it easy" or "keep calm".
  • Use imagery. Try to visualize a relaxing experience or image.
  • Participate in a relaxing form of exercise, such as yoga and mediation

These are just a few tips to help you take control of your anger. It is vital to take the time to rein your temper in before you do something which you will later regret once you have calmed down.

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