Anger is a difficult emotion to control because it can be unwanted and irrational. It is also most often a wasted energy because it doesn’t accomplish much or take you forward. When you channel that anger however, it can work in a positive way. If you want to make your anger work for you instead of it controlling you, here’s how:
1. Use It as a Motivator
A great way to turn anger into positive energy is to grab a hold of the reason for the emotion being there, and using your feelings as a motivation to change your circumstances. There is no point sitting idle in your puddle of anger. Be proactive and take action to reduce your anger by addressing the very point or situation that has made you feel this way. After all, you are the person that knows yourself best and you are best equipped to calm yourself down.
2. Be More Optimistic
Many people find they are constantly in a bad mood or angry because they harbor a more pessimistic view of life in general. Always looking for and seeing the bad in things can be very tiring for your patience, so try to see everyday situations in a more optimistic light and you may find yourself feeling less angry as the days go by. Being optimistic means facing everyday problems without a feeling of foreboding and fearing for the worst.
3. Turn It in to Success
Much like the point about using it for motivation, anger can sometimes be one of the best catalysts for urging you on to greater success, whether in your personal or professional life. The best revenge for anger is to defeat it with success, whether big scale like starting a business or small scale like finally getting round to finishing that giant jigsaw puzzle!
4. It Can Be Healthy in Parts
If your anger is stemming from a situation in a relationship, then do not lock it away and let it fester. Look at it instead as a flag that something is wrong and strive to correct it with the help of your partner. Arguments, if approached in a mature and open way, can be healthy for a relationship, and you may find that after bringing it up and working through it, your feelings of anger will be gone.
5. Use It as a Creative Outlet
The mixture of feelings that encapsulate anger can often be the source of inspiration for amazing creative works. Whether it’s music, art, literature, dance, anything, channel your emotion in a productive way that will have something to show for it after the anger has passed. Some of the best bands in the world, Nirvana, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, all came from a place of anger.
6. Forgive and Forget
Humans are very stubborn breed, and many of us find it very hard to forgive and forget when we have been wronged. However, finding forgiveness is essential to releasing some of the anger that you have inside, as keeping the grudge will only serve to let you move on with your life.
Moderate exercise is a great way to help release feelings of pent up anger in your body. A good jog can clear your mind of your emotions and the endorphins that are released through the physical activity will serve to give you a brief but much needed feeling of euphoria and well being.
Make anger your fuel to motivate you to do the things you want to achieve. Channeling your anger into something worthwhile, positive and creative will pay off big time.
What makes you angry? Do you think you can find a way to make it work for you in a positive way?