7 Ways to Deal with Anger
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Guest Post by: Jason Harter
Anger is an emotion that every person experiences at some point in their lives. Although people try to avoid anger, it is okay to feel angry in some situations. The most important thing to remember is to not let the anger take over and take over your decision making. Here are 7 tips to help you deal with this inevitable emotion: anger.
1. Take a deep breath-In tough times it is often helpful to step back for a moment, take a deep breath, and collect your thoughts about the source of your anger.
2. Make use of a stress ball- Sometimes reducing anger is as easy as squeezing on a stress ball. Keep one handy for when times get tough.
3. Exercise- Exercise is well known for being a goo source of stress relief. When one is angry, taking some time to exercise will give a person time to cool down and also an extra set of edorphins. Edorphins are produced when people exercise and help people feel happier and more likely to be able to let go of their angry feelings.
4. Wait twenty-four hours before acting on your anger- Giving yourself a little time to think about the cause of your anger can give you a more clear and logical course of action. In the heat of the moment it can be difficult to decide how best to handle your anger but by taking some time to think about the cause of your anger you can make a pod decision without so much emotional influence.
5. Distance yourself from the cause of your anger- Sometimes dealing with anger can be as simple as removing yourself from the cause of your anger. If it is a person that is making you angry, spend less time with this person. If it is a hobby that is making you angry, find a new one. If it is a job that is making you angry, quit and begin your hunt for a new job.
6. Nail down the facts of the situation as opposed to the self-created stressors- A lot of times the anger we feel is self-inflicted. When trying to determine if this is the case for you, make a list of cold hard facts that led up to your anger. Leave emotions out and focus on pure truth. This will help you decide what is really happening and whether or not a feeling of anger is warranted.
7. Allow yourself to feel anger but voice that anger in a constructive manner- Since it is inevitable that you will feel anger at some point in your life, it is important to learn how to deal with this anger head on. The most important part of dealing with anger head on is controlling the anger you do have and still working toward a positive outcome. This means holding back from yelling at or over the cause of your anger and calmly articulate what is making you angry and what it is you would like to change.
About the Author: Jason Harter enjoys solving problems and blogging. He is a contributing writer for creditreport.org