THE BEST ANGER MANAGEMENT TIPS & TECHNIQUES
It doesn’t take a lot to make me angry. What about you? Did someone cut you off on the freeway? Maybe your boyfriend accidentally shredded that birthday card your grandma sent you, so you freaked out, you screamed, and a vein popped out of your forehead.
It happens to everyone, but did you know that anger is actually affecting your physical health? Anger is inevitable, you can’t just stop getting angry. Even the world’s most sedate person has uttered a few choice words in traffic.
Does punching a wall really calm you down? The answer is no! Recent studies have shown that angry reactions are pretty harmful to your physical health. A Yale University study found that people with anger management issues tend to get sick more often.
Their anger actually weakens their immune system. The Journal of the National Medical Association added that people who respond negatively to anger are 9% more likely to have a heart attack. That might not sound like a lot, but it’s a heart attack. Every percentage point counts.
Other studies have linked anger to everything from coronary disease to high blood pressure.
Now that we all know that excessive angry outbursts are bad for you, we’re going to teach you how to manage that anger in four simple steps. All you’re going to need is a little bit of time and a teeny bit of self-awareness.
Anger Management Technique # 1:
Control Your Breathing (Technique):
When something pisses you off, instead of screaming or laying on the horn, take deep breaths. Spend 2 to 3 minutes breathing deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Imagine inhaling calm blue air and exhaling that red toxic air.
Anger Management Technique # 2:
Relax Your Muscles (Technique):
Unclench your fists. Make a conscious effort to loosen those shoulders and slump a little. Great posture is awesome, but for now, let those muscles unwind. I promise it’ll help.
Anger Management Technique # 3:
Get It Out (Technique):
If it’s a road rage thing, obviously please pull over, but when you get a chance, write down exactly what made you angry.
Anger Management Technique # 4:
Seeking Context (Technique):
It’s important to put your anger into context by thinking rationally instead of emotionally. Think about it. Are you going to be angry tomorrow? Yeah probably, what about a week from now? Maybe a month ? Probably not a year. I don’t think you’ll remember, but by examining your anger this way, you can just place yourself from it and you’ll be able to process your anger without letting it take over your life.
Anger Management Techniques/Tips:
Let’s recap that you need to find a healthy way to process your anger or else you could run into some really nasty, health problems. Remember to relax and breathe evenly. Then work through your anger by writing it down and contextualizing it.
We can’t promise that you won’t get angry ever again, but hopefully with this, you’ve found a way to deal with it a little bit.