No matter how calm you try to be, there are always going to be times when a certain situation makes you so angry you can hardly control yourself. Still, bursting with rage is definitely not the solution, and we want to help you prevent that. In today’s article, we’re going to talk to you about several techniques that you can use in order to learn how to control your anger outbursts. Feel free to apply them no matter the situation, and you’ll be less likely to throw a fit.
How to Control Your Anger 101
Take a Walk
Walking can work wonders for your state of mind, especially when you’re feeling particularly angry. There are two reasons why we suggest taking a walk whenever you feel like you’re about to burst. The first one is because walking can help you get some fresh air, clear your mind, and focus on something else for a change, even if it’s only on your steps. The second reason why walking whenever you feel angry is a great idea is because it allows you to get some distance from the situation. Most anger outbursts are partly due to the inability of the individual to extract himself or herself from the situation. Once you do that, you’ll feel much better.
Writing is another great strategy to control your anger, because you can pour all of your negative emotions into your writing, instead of allowing them to show in an aggressive manner. Writing about the whole situation and how it makes you feel is a great way to start. Still, one of the most effective types of writing is letter writing. You don’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) actually send the letters to the people you’re writing them to. All you have to do is write them and express your feelings in an honest and open way.
Talk to a Friend
Sometimes, we all need to talk through our anger. What better person to hear you talk about this unpleasant emotion than a good friend? Just remember that he or she is not responsible for your anger. This means you shouldn’t take it out on them. The trick is not to express the anger, but to talk about it, decompress, and have someone listen to you. Plus, it’s always good to talk to someone who’s not directly involved in the situation. This will allow you to get some perspective.
If you have the chance to look at your watch whenever you feel you’re about to burst, you might be able to use this to stop yourself from exteriorizing your anger. What you could do is time yourself by focusing on the pointers and allowing them to circle the dial at least twice. Now, two minutes have passed, and you’ve been able to focus on something else and hopefully reconsider your outburst.
We know how difficult it is sometimes to keep anger in check. That’s why we hope these 4 techniques on how to control your anger will be able to help you the next time you feel as if you’re about to burst. For some extra anger management techniques, make sure to watch the video below.
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