Sometimes in life, a little anger management is needed. When you are angry, it doesn’t mean you must put your fist through a wall. There are plenty of coping mechanisms to deal with your anger safely and effectively. From taking time outs to music therapy, there are a variety of solutions for all personality types. Manage your anger by adopting the following principles….

Exercise
Anger usually yields energy, so the best thing you can do is burn it off. If you have had an argument or a terrible day at work, then get yourself to the gym or anywhere outside. Go for a run round the block. Any type of exercise that gets your body moving and your mind off your anger is perfect. After you have exercised you can enjoy a release of endorphins and subsequently, a better mood.

Meditation
A wonderful coping method for anger is meditation. Take some time out to enjoy some ‘you time’ and remove yourself from any stressors. Put on some relaxing meditation music or some calming nature sounds and meditate. Meditation can effectively lower your heart rate, reduce the stress hormone cortisol and bring your mind back to the present without any stress. If you haven’t tried it before, you should start immediately.

See the funny side
Humor is a great antidote for most circumstances. If you can see the funny side of situations, then you are on the right path. Why not kick back and watch a great comedy film or do something as simple as watch some funny YouTube clips? Change your mood and your outlook will change.

Music
Music can have a substantial effect psychologically and can directly affect your mood. If you listen to angry music you will feel worse, but if you listen to happy, positive, and upbeat music this will make you feel better. Take some time to listen to some good music in anyway you can to directly affect your mood.

Don’t hold a grudge
Forgiveness is a powerful tool and this applies to forgiving yourself and others. If you allow your feelings of anger and other negative feelings to completely overcome your positive feelings, you will find yourself in a very dark hole. But if you can forgive someone who angered you or yourself, you will learn from the situation. It’s unrealistic to expect everyone to behave how you want him or her to all the time, sometimes you don’t have control over situations but you always have control over how you react to them.

The most important thing to do when you are angry is to not see red. It’s all too easy to go off like a raging bull but you will no doubt feel ten times worse after you have! Remove yourself from the situation, take control and change how you feel by using the methods above!

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