Anger is a natural emotion people are allowed to feel. The issue arises when one does not know how to control their anger, leading to unwanted confrontation or potentially dangerous situations. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on both your health and your relationships.
Here are a few simple and effective ways to manage your anger!
Identify Your Triggers
If you have a habit of losing your temper, take stock of the things that trigger your anger. Long lines, traffic jams, snarky comments, or excessive tiredness are just a few things that might shorten your fuse. While you shouldn’t blame people or external circumstances for your inability to stay calm, understanding the things that trigger your anger can help you plan accordingly.
Think Before You Speak
In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to say something you’ll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything. Also, allow others involved in the situation to do the same.
Physical activity can help reduce the stress that can cause you to become angry. If your anger escalates, go for a brisk walk, or run. Or spend some time doing other enjoyable physical activities.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
There are many different relaxation exercises you can utilize to reduce anger. The key is to find the one that works best for you. Practice deep-breathing exercises, imagine a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase.
It’s important to note, however, that relaxation exercises take practice. At first, you might feel as though they’re ineffective, or you might question whether they will work for you, but with practice, they can become your go-to strategies for anger management.
Seek Professional Help
Learning to control your anger can be challenging. Seek help for anger issues if your anger seems out of control, causes you to do things you regret or hurts those around you.
At Abundant Life, we have the life coaching services you need to get your anger under control. We will help you find the root cause of your anger and formulate a plan for your specific needs while providing helpful tools and techniques for use in your daily life.
Call us today at (810)252-1315 for a free 15-minute phone consultation to evaluate your counseling needs.
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