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How To Control Anger

Posted on: November 5, 2008


Have you screamed so hard during a heated argument? Or walked away with enough adrenaline to throw chairs after a fight? If you or a family member or friend has noticed a problem with your anger, you may need some help controlling it. Below are a few suggestions to help control your anger and make your life less stressful.

1) Anger Management. If you have noticed that your anger is becoming a little out of control, try getting a psychological test to determine what the outcomes of your anger are and what level your anger is. Take an anger management class to learn to control your anger. And don’t believe the rumor that going to a therapist is only for crazy people. Going to a therapist or counselor will help you by talking about your stress and what frustrates you. Getting your feelings off your chest will relieve your stress and your anger.

2) Relax. Relate. Release. A Different World’s Whitley Gilbert said it best. When in a heated argument or the aftermath of it, take a few deep breaths. Don’t breathe a few breaths that suck your stomach in, use your diaphragm (which makes your stomach stick out). Breathing from your diaphragm will help you relax more, since shallow breathing doesn’t take in as much air. Try reciting peaceful phrases to yourself: “Calm Down”, “Relax” and “Take it easy”

3) Limit Intake of Coffee, Alcohol and Smoking. According to CNN.com’s Health site, people who had a lot of caffeine were seen as a hot-headed and angry. Stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can increase a person’s rage

4) Think Back. After a heated argument, try to recall why you are angry. Make sure that you aren’t holding a grudge, it can pro-long your anger.

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington


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