Almost 9% or 22 million people have serious anger issues according to a study in the journal, Behavioral Sciences & the Law. Anger can be a devastating feeling - it can ruin relationships, tear apart families and physically harm others and yourself. From remembering to breathe to finding the right therapist, there are many ways to manage your anger and help you cope with difficult situations in your life.
Here are a few quick tips for managing your anger on a daily basis:
Tip 1: Take Some Time
We live in a society that is always on the go and the last thing we do is actually stop, step-back and take some time. Anger can come out of nowhere and the worst thing to do is act without thinking about the consequences. When you start to feel the green monster on your shoulder try to take a walk or step into another room.
Tip 2: Eat a Good Breakfast
Taking care of your mental health starts with taking care of your physical health. That’s why it’s important to make sure you get the nutrients you need at the beginning of the day! Yogurt, cereal and fresh cup of berries are a quick, simple and delicious option for those on the go. During the day, try to eat a few healthy snacks like assorted nuts, fruit or even a deli sandwich. Eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to stay both physically and mentally healthy!
Tip 3: Tell Someone
When managing your anger there is nothing better than a reliable accountability partner or a supportive and encouraging friend or family member. Don’t struggle alone, tell someone that you want to get better and you need help! If you don’t have close friends or family, find a local therapist.
Tip 4: Go For a Run
When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in your body. Working out can help relieve any stress, anger or negative feelings you may carry throughout the day. Practicing yoga in the mornings or taking a quick jog after work can be a great stress reliever!
Tip 5: Watch a Funny Movie
Sometimes laughter is the best form of medicine. Try to do an activity that brings joy into your life, whether it’s watching your favorite funny movie or spending time outside golfing. Taking time to decompress and reflect can improve your mood and help you manage your anger.
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