Check out these easy tips to help manage your anger:
1. Slowly count to ten. Sure, your mom always told you to count to ten. When you were a lot younger than you are now. The good news is, this still works. So long as you don’t rush through the numbers as if it was a speed challenge, the pause you’ll get is long enough for you to consider how you react.
2. Take some exercise. If your gym has a punch bag, use that. If it’s not an appropriate time to go to a gym, just take any exercise. Even a jog or a brisk walk. Anything to help clear the anger out of your system.
3. Relax and chill out. OK, that could wind you up further in the heat of an anger attack. But if it’s an option, take it. And if you’re too angry to relax at this present time, discover meditation or some other kind of relaxation technique to help longer term.
4. Play a video game. You can kill and destroy things to your heart’s content without harming anyone else close to you.
5. Take a long, deep breath. This is likely another thing you used when you were younger. Guess what? It still works now. It gives you pause for thought.
6. Don’t bottle up your anger. If you suppress your anger, you run the risk of it literally eating away at you. Find ways to safely vent your anger, ideally without hurting the people closest to you.
7. Keep an anger log. Once you’ve recorded a few anger outbursts, there’s a high chance you’ll recognize some patterns emerging. You can then decide whether anger is the best reaction to these events.
8. Turn your anger into laughter. Most any situation has a funny side as well as an angry side. Discover that laughter can often literally be the best medicine.
9. Stop getting angry at yourself. You’re only human. Work out how you can put up with yourself more and reduce the number of times you chastise yourself for your imperfections.
Find out more ways to bring your anger under control here.