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Quick & Effective Ways To Control Anger & Make Better Decisions

If you find yourself becoming angry often, these tips for anger management may be helpful to you.

Understanding the Anger Response

You may think that becoming angry is just part of your personality inherited from a relative, but it’s actually something you have adopted.

Anger is a learned response to something stressful. In the past, when you felt overwhelmed, you may not have known how to handle it. You felt pressured and backed into a corner.

Instead of finding productive ways to handle the situation, you placed blame on others or yourself. It’s much easier to step back and become upset over something difficult than standing up to it and dealing with it.

Over time, you learned that becoming angry is a great way to release tension, however, you might have taken this response too far and started applying it to many other situations your life.

The next thing you know, you are becoming irate at virtually everything that doesn’t go your way. Your friends and family are affected and you may have started to feel guilty for your reactions.

The problem is that you can’t stop it now. You know you shouldn’t become upset, but it’s the only thing you know to do.

Tips to Reduce Anger

Identify What Makes You Upset

You may have lost sight of what exactly makes you feel irate. Anger can start in one area and infiltrate the rest of the areas of your life. Keep a journal for a week and record when you feel upset and the reason for it.

Think before You React

When upset, try to change the tone of your voice when you speak to someone who is making you angry. Take a deep breath, speak slowly, and choose your words carefully. Taking time to react to something will allow yourself time to make better decisions.

Don’t Allow Yourself to Become Overwhelmed

Stress is the main cause of anger. If you find yourself stressed out all the time, it’s going to be hard to control how you react to smaller problems in your life. Decrease stress by not letting yourself get overwhelmed; solve issues as they come, do not overbook your home or work schedule, and learn to let go of disagreements, guilt, and worry.

Remove Yourself from the Situation

If you know someone or something is going to make you upset, avoid the situation. This is not always possible, but do your best to limit your exposure.

Eat and Sleep Well

When you don’t eat and/or sleep well, your body doesn’t have a chance to relax and replenish itself. This means that you are already on edge, so when any other stress comes your way it’s too much for you to handle and you snap.

Managing anger can be a challenge, especially if you have lived with volatile emotions for quite some time. It is possible to practice these ten tips for anger management, however, and among that list there is sure to be at least one that can help keep you calm and stress-free.

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