Anger is a heavy burden to bear, even for the best of us. That is why, over the course of our lives, it is vitally important that we learn how to deal with it in an effective manner. Not doing so can have long-lasting and even painful repercussions on our physical and mental health.
How To Deal With Anger?
There are a number of methods which, if employed in your life correctly, can really work to help curb any anger issues you may have and bring them under control.
Think, Don’t Shout
The ‘explosion’ that comes alongside anger is so easy to let loose. But, even taking just a few moments to think before you do so can be a real eye-opener for your angry ways. Ask yourself a simple question; would you still be about to say these things if you weren’t angry? Nine times out of ten, probably not. Having that self-realization is typically the first step needed in order to help understand you have a problem and begin to deal with it.
If someone is angrily shouting at you then it is much harder to follow this advice. As, of course, you will feel defensive and be more likely to shout back. But remember that taking the time to think really can save you a lot of pain and grief down the road, according to the American Psychological Association. Take a deep breath – the typical advice – and remember to think, it really can work!
Run It Out
It is medically proven that exercise can be one of the best natural cures for anger issues. Taking the time to exercise, therefore, is not just good for your physical well being. It also has an impact on your mental well being over a long period of time.
Your brain and gut are linked and talk to one another through nerve signals. When you are feeling angry and stressed, your brain will send a direct link to your stomach and gut and this may lead to cramping, bloating, and loss of appetite. Exercise will relieve any tension you are harboring and will stimulate the release of chemicals in your brain called endorphins, which act as a natural painkiller. Alongside healthy eating and taking the right digestive health supplements, exercise will help to alleviate the symptoms within your gut next time your anger flares up.
Exercise can be one of the best ways for you to work out any anger you may be carrying around unnecessarily. Whether you do so with a gym membership, start running on a nightly basis, or even just take a leisurely walk through the countryside, how you exercise isn’t really the issue. The fact that you do should help to curb your anger and bring a new level of calm into your life.
Turn to Humor
Sometimes, the best way to release the tension from a situation is to simply try and laugh about it. A joke, even a bad one, can completely shift the tone of a conversation. And it can simply make everyone feel much better, bring a new level of calmness, and even resolve the situation on a good note altogether.
Of course, believing that humor can solve every situation isn’t always realistic. But it can be useful, so don’t forget humor and use it as a positive source of release during angry or tense moments. It really can work to make things much better on your end and maybe even help your arguments overall!
Think, Does It Really Matter?
Okay, so your coworker is incompetent. Your dog won’t stop changing its mind about going out for a week, forcing you up off the couch every five minutes. Your mom is constantly calling to complain about this or that. Maybe some stranger on the street said something rude to you. All of these things make us mad, some even irrationally so. But ask yourself; should they?
On the whole, you will often find that being angry probably isn’t worth it. So it is better to let it go and move on, rather than being angry and even holding grudges. In the end, it’s better for you to not be angry and so start today to make that your reality. Each step you take will be a calmer one in the long term.