Sometimes, we allow anger to build up inside us until it explodes and this is when some anger management techniques can really be of help. Allowing anger to get the best of you is never a good thing.
The after effects of us losing control typically prove to be highly detrimental. Anger does not have to be over the top or bombastic to cause problems. Those that are prone to passive aggressive displays of anger can be equally troubling. It is important to be in control of your anger. You do not want your anger to be in control of you.
The old saying to just take a deep breath is old for a reason. It works. When you are supremely angry taking a number of slow, long, and deep breaths is one of the best ways to get your emotions under control.
When you are in a situation where you are getting worked up and begin to lose control, leave the environment if possible. Once you are outside of that environment, mentally count to 10. This will help you to pause and get into a calmer, more relaxed state of mind. When you are worked up, blowing your stack may be the outcome and that is an outcome that must certainly be avoided.
Avoid caffeine in your diet.This is not stated to promote any fitness craze. It is stated to help keep your agitation level down. Don’t get loaded up on stimulants. These can cause an outburst rather easily. Don’t contribute to the problem by adding stimulants to the mix. They won’t help the situation.
A little bit of self-affirmation goes a long way. Take time out and tell yourself to calm down and that things are going to be okay. You will be surprised how quickly such an attitude deflates a lot of trouble. It is true that we can sometimes be our own worst enemy and not affirming to ourselves to cease angry behavior can seriously contribute to a lot of problems.
Exercise and light stretching can burn off a lot of negative energy. When you get into the habit of performing these activities, you reduce the amount of anger you possess inside yourself.
Try to write about the things that anger you the most. This can be a therapeutic process because all those things that annoy you are made known on the page and left there.
Anger management is not always easy but take the needed steps to reverse issues that bother you. A little bit of effort, on your part, can do a lot as far as anger management goes.
By: William DeFoore
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William DeFoore, Ph.D, a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializes in and writes about anger management at AngerManagementResource.com. To better understand anger management techniques, visit his Web site.