by Mckensie Shiner
Do you notice that little things seem to set you off more than they used to? Things like someone cutting you off in traffic and someone not listening to you setting you over the edge are signs of anger management issues.
While anger is a healthy emotion, it’s important to understand how to keep it under control, especially if you find yourself often overreacting to minor inconveniences.
If you are ready to get your anger under control, here are some simple tips that may make all the difference in your efforts.
We all know that exercise gives us endorphins, which in turn put us in a better mood. However, consistently working out can help us in everyday life even more.
If you enjoy exercise, this is definitely a task you can pick up easily. The next time you feel angry or overwhelmed, try going for a run or doing some sort of physical activity before you decide to act on the situation. Chances are, you’ll be able to think and act more clearly once you have calmed down.
2. Take part in relaxation
When it comes to being angry, do you ever think of the root of the issue? Do you work all day every day including weekends? When’s the last time you took a night off and enjoyed time to simply relax?
Allowing yourself to relax is a great way to combat anger. By doing so, you are giving your body the time it needs to recharge and lessening the chance of an outburst.
3. Try to find resolutions
Another tip when it comes to trying to manage anger is to find resolutions. Instead of focusing on why you are mad in the first place, try to come up with a solution in your head to the problem.
While this is not always an easy fix, some scenarios are more easy to redirect from than others. Sometimes, you may just have to create a narrative in your head for things you don’t have the answer to. For example, if someone cuts you off in traffic, instead of trying to catch up and pass them off, lay on the horn, or curse at them, you may simply tell yourself they’re running late for work or an appointment and that’s why they are driving like that.
4. Think first, speak later
It’s safe to say that we all sometimes slip up and speak without thinking. If you tend to say things you don’t mean when you are angry, it’s important for you to be sure to take a breather before proceeding.
Sometimes, a few seconds of breathing and really thinking about the situation is enough to save you from saying something that could hurt someone else.
5. Seek help
A big part of managing your anger is knowing when to get help. For some, mindful tips will help. For others, however, it may take help from a professional to really get to the bottom of the anger.
If your anger is frequent and out of control, it’s time to speak to a professional. Contact us today to get started on your journey to a happier you.