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Anger And Effective Ways To Manage It

Anger Management

<p>We all have those moments where we&rsquo;re seeing red.&nbsp; Maybe it&rsquo;s because our partner said something rude, or perhaps it was someone that cut us off in traffic.&nbsp; Whatever the cause, anger is totally normal, common emotion.&nbsp; However, managing it can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are someone who is angry a lot.&nbsp; So, allow us to lend you a helping hand by helping you get an in-depth understanding of anger and how to best manage it for your own health and safety, as well as those around you.</p> <p><strong>Understand that anger is a valid emotion</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; First and foremost, let&rsquo;s get something out there right away: your anger matters.&nbsp; Your emotional reaction is totally legitimate and you have a right to feel your anger.&nbsp; However, acting on it with your first reactions (often yelling or throwing) is not an effective reaction.&nbsp; The anger is fine, it&rsquo;s the reaction, and its appropriateness for the situation, that can be tweaked.</p> <p><strong>How to effectively manage your anger</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re struggling to manage your anger and you want to help yourself out, here are some realistic tips to give you a bit of traction in the heat of the moment.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Do some deep breathing:</strong> You&rsquo;ve heard this one before and perhaps it&rsquo;s only made you angrier.&nbsp; The trick, here, is to make sure that you are doing your deep breathing authentically and in a safe space.&nbsp; If you need to excuse yourself to another room, do it.&nbsp; If it helps to pop your earbuds in and listen to white noise, etc, do that too.&nbsp; Deep breathing will calm you down physically, mentally, and emotionally.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s also great for making sure that you don&rsquo;t say something you don&rsquo;t mean, because deep breathing keeps your mouth busy!</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Walk it off:</strong> If you&rsquo;re one of those people who just has to move when they&rsquo;re angry, don&rsquo;t fight that.&nbsp; When you&rsquo;re feeling edgy and angry, go for a walk, run, take a few rounds at a punching bag, etc.&nbsp; The main goal is to make sure you don&rsquo;t overdo it (for example, don&rsquo;t try to run 5 km if you can only run 3 km normally).&nbsp; Feeling the pain from overdoing it will just make you angrier, anyway!&nbsp; Exercise will release a lot of that energy and you&rsquo;ll feel level-headed when you&rsquo;re done.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Be honest about your triggers:</strong> Some things will make you instantly furious (for example: being called &ldquo;sir&rdquo; or &ldquo;ma&rsquo;am&rdquo;).&nbsp; Make an honest list of your known triggers and then do what you can to avoid them.&nbsp; Work with your loved ones, too, when it comes to being in a situation where, to use our example, you are called &ldquo;sir&rdquo; or &ldquo;ma&rsquo;am&rdquo;. If your partner knows that title makes you angry, they can step in and correct the unknowing person, or perhaps tell a joke to cut the tension.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Anger is a tricky emotion for all of us, but tips like these can help us all manage it effectively and make everyday situations a little easier, all around.</p>