We all get angry sometimes. It is one of the most natural emotions that a human being can experience. Anger is something that we can’t help feeling at times, but it is definitely something that we can learn to control to limit to damage caused. If you are someone who has a rather short fuse and you often find yourself on the vicious end of an argument that you have started, then you might want to consider how your anger levels are starting to effect your life. Here are five effective ways to control your anger for a more pleasant existence.
1. Healthy Outlets
Find ways to release your frustration and anger through healthy channels like exercise, or things like kickboxing and martial arts. Channeling your energy in those ways is much more productive than blowing up at someone who happened to be the straw that broke the camel’s back or was unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
2. Find the Root
Take some time to try to think about what the root source of your anger might be. Is there something that happened in your past that was left unaddressed or unsolved? Could you be carrying that baggage around with you and it seems to find its way into all of your present and future frustrations?
3. Is It Reasonable?
Isolate the event that is currently making you angry and have a hard think about whether you actually think your level of frustration is reasonable in the given circumstances. You need to ascertain whether you are overreacting, or whether there is something going on in your life that actually does warrant this level of anger.
4. Step Aside
Some people make the mistake of thinking that if they allow themselves to blow up and confront their anger head-on, that it will pass and resolve itself, but most of the time it only makes things worse. The best thing to do in the moment is to step aside and give yourself time to cool off. You might have a different perspective on the situation, given time.
5. Confide in Someone
Don’t be afraid to tell someone you trust how you have been feeling. It can be helpful to get an outside perspective on the things that are making you the most angry. It is never healthy to squash your emotions down inside because that is what creates the huge explosive blowouts with you don’t have any more room to hide your anger.