By Brithi Settipalle
Anger. An emotion that we are all too familiar with, something that often seems uncontrollable. However, while it is nearly impossible to get rid of anger entirely, there are ways to manage it. That way, you don’t have to worry about the adverse consequences of getting angry.
Relaxation methods. From deep breathing to yoga and meditation, you can calm yourself down by using relaxation techniques. You can learn these techniques over time, so that when you encounter a situation that makes you angry, you can utilize them automatically. It takes time, but the beneficial outcomes are worth it.
Change your mindset. When we feel angry, we tend to think that the problem is unsolvable and that there is nothing we can do about it. This is more often than not, incorrect. But, a mindset like this can obstruct us from seeing things as they are. So, change it up a little. Think about how you can fix the issue, and remind yourself that getting angry won’t make anything better. In reality, it will probably just stop you from finishing what you were working on.
Communication is key. Oftentimes, anger can cause us to lash out at other people. We say things we regret, but don’t think in the heat of the moment. This only makes things worse. Instead, try to think before you speak, and convey your problems to the other person/people in a calm manner. Not only will this diffuse the situation, it can help prevent you from saying something you’ll regret later. In addition, try to talk to other people about your problems and anger. While you might think you’re bothering them, it is very important not to bottle your feelings inside. This can prevent you from having a bigger burst of emotions later.
Remember, anger is normal. As I said before, it is an emotion that is nearly impossible to get rid of. It’s just a natural part of life, and is needed to keep yourself in check. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t stop being angry all together. These tips are here to keep your anger at a minimum, not to stop it entirely.