Do you get angry too often? Chances are that this can have an adverse effect on your health. Anger is often related to high stress levels, weakened immune system and increased chances of heart stroke. Good news though is that by controlling anger, you can say goodbye to these health risks and improve relationships around you. Anger is an emotion we think is not in our control, but with these simple tips you can manage it better.
Recognize Your Trigger Signs
Different people have varied ways of reacting to a situation that triggers anger. Some people may experience increased heartbeats, sweating, clenched jaw, tight chest and a flash of bad memories as triggers. When you recognize trigger signs before you lash out, it will help you control and think about your anger in advance.
Pause Before You React
Anger is an emotion that is often rushed given the situation. When you find yourself in such a tough spot, you should ask yourself whether your anger is reasonable. This not only settles the disruptive emotion, but also helps you manage your anger and the situation better. Practicing this consciously will help improve your communications skills with people who matter.
Sometimes it’s hard to try and control your anger in a heated environment. Even though it may be hard, just walking away can help you clear out your headspace and think reasonably. Once you are no longer a part of that environment, your brain tricks you into thinking more clearly to arrive at the solution. Tell people calmly that you need some time out and go for a long walk.
Talk to a Friend
It is very important to express your anger and not let it built inside you. If you have a friend whom you can confide in, then you should take that opportunity and express what you are feeling. While doing so, make sure you are coming at a solution rather than just venting.
Maintain a Journal
If you feel that talking to someone or venting out your anger just seems to make it worse then try writing down your feelings. Writing down feelings is proven to be helpful especially when you are not able to explain or express feelings. Maintaining a journal and writing down your anger will make you feel better and also help you figure out trigger points and how to manage them better.
Sweat it Out
One of the best ways to put the rush of energy that comes with anger is by working out. Exercise not only burns those extra calories but is one of the most effective ways to channelize your anger. When anger is left untreated, it can get worse. You won’t have the time or the energy to engage in or invest in anger post-workout.
Try Relaxation Techniques
Everyone has their own favorite relaxation techniques, be it meditating, long drives, yoga, pottery, walking in the park and many more. Know what best helps you relax and inculcate it into your daily routine. After a long stressful day, doing what you love can control your anger and make sure it does not go on to the next day. Practicing gratitude also gives you time to focus on what’s positive when everything feels negative.
Make Music Your Best Friend
Listening to music can improve your mood instantly. Listen to your favorite genre or even create a playlist that helps you calm down. This significantly reduces your anger and regular practice can help you manage it better too!
Channelize it Creatively
It is said that anger is one of the most creative forms of emotion and if channelised properly, you could feel more relaxed and less angry. Take up your favorite hobby, whether it is cooking, drawing, gardening, baking, poetry…etc. Set aside some me-time for these activities and see a change in how you manage your anger.
There is a reason why they say laughter is the best medicine. Using humour can lighten up any situation and helps you face what’s making you angry. Sarcasm, on the other hand is another form of anger so try avoiding it as it may hurt other people’s feelings.