One misconception or myth about anger is that the way people express anger is inherited and cannot be changed. Evidence from research studies, however, indicates that people are not born with set and specific ways of expressing anger. Rather, these studies show that the positive manner of expression of anger is learned behavior. Anger management is a skill that can be learned.
There are many things that can be done to deal with anger in a safe and constructive way. Below are a few suggestions that not all of them may work for everyone, but there might be at least one or more that anyone, especially those in recovery can use to manage their existing anger issues.
Keep an open mind and give a chance to each one of them. You might be surprised and find a combination that proves helpful in different situations.
- Take a break or a walk and get away from the situation or individual for a few minutes while you cool down.
- Take a moment to count to ten silently (or aloud!) before responding to a difficult situation.
- Mindfulness meditation can help you to be more aware of your feelings and can help you to control yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically.
- If you don’t feel that meditation is right for you, simply take some time to take deep breaths and focus on the in and out motion of your breathing to help you de-escalate a situation.
- Sometimes all you need is a distraction; if you find something on your mind that is making you angry, change your mental state. Read a book, watch a movie, or play with a pet.
- Often just a little comedy or humor is all you need to get past a difficult moment. If you can find something to laugh about, the problem may soon seem less of a big deal.
- Go for a run or participate in some other type of workout will help to raise your endorphin levels and you will quickly begin to feel better naturally.
- Spend some time in nature and experience it’s beauty
- We often get wrapped up in negative self-talk, but flip the script and spend some time to mentally list all the great things about you and express gratitude for what you have
- Sit down with a notebook or laptop and write about your feelings
- Attend anger management classes. It can be a great help in your quest to learn ways to express yourself in an effective manner.
- Seek help through counseling. It will be a great help in your recovery if you work on your issues, one-on-one, with a professional who specializes in managing emotions.
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