Everyone gets angry at one time or another, it’s just part of who we are. Anger is a natural, though sometimes unwanted or irrational, emotion that everybody experiences. Psychologist believe that anger is part of the survival instinct and may have once played a greater role in daily life. Today, anger can lead to more problems than it resolves. Anger tends to overwhelm rationality and sometimes causes us to make bad and regrettable choices. But anger can be brought under control to a certain extent. Here are some methods to help control your anger before it controls you.
Anger and stress are related and can both be eased by relaxation. Simple relaxation tools, such as deep breathing and relaxing imagery, can help calm down angry feelings. Deep breathing is part of meditation, both of which are good practices for mental health. Find a quiet place where you can just relax and mind your deep breathing.
Exercise is also a good tool for reducing the stress that can cause you to become angry. If you feel a fit of anger coming on, try to go out for a walk or run before it gets out of hand.
Take the time to step back and think about what it is that is making you angry. Sometimes when we’re angry we may lose sight of what we are angry about in the first place. Anger takes over and blurs everything causing us to make irrational decisions, say or do things that we later regret. When you feel the anger coming on, think about the reason for your anger and how you can solve the problem.
Anger has it’s time and place and can even be a positive thing in certain situations. Anger becomes a problem when it changes your life in a negative way. Learn to control your anger and you can live a much happier successful life.