Anger Management

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Anger is an intense emotion that an individual feels when things aren’t going right or their way. Human beings usually experience this emotion when they feel threatened, attacked or when their boundaries are being violated. Increased heart rate, blood pressure, and high levels of adrenaline are the basic signs of anger. When people feel angry, their fight or flight response is activated. In such a case, the body’s entire blood flow is provided to the extremities such as into the arms and legs to prepare the individual to either maintain their stance and fight or to run away. Amidst all this, blood is in its least quantity at the most important part of the human body, the human brain. A human brain is the thinking, reasoning, and decision-making part of the human body. It requires blood and oxygen to function in a proper manner. Once the blood flow is less in this area, an individual cannot think properly or apply problem-solving techniques to solve the matter.

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Steps To Control Anger

For this purpose and to help restore blood flow in the brain to activate reasoning, the following steps must be taken:

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  1. Deep Breathing: Taking long and deep breathes will help us relax and release muscle tension. It will also restore oxygen and blood to our brain to help us think why we or the other person is acting in such a way that would cause people distress. You will no longer feel angry when you are relaxed.
  2. Distraction: Counting backward in your mind or leaving the scene of the crime is a great distraction technique. It takes our mind off the thought that is feeding our emotion of anger. It gives us a chance to relax and think reasonably. Other distraction techniques such as listening to music, watching a movie, talking to a friend, or reading a book to take our mind off irrational thoughts have also been proven helpful.
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3. Exercise: Physical workout always helps us maintain our composure and prevents anger outbursts by reducing stress. If one feels their anger escalating, they can always go for a run; walk or get indulges in other pleasurable physical activity.

4. Taking time out for ourselves: We all need a break sometimes. Getting some time off from the busy schedule for self-care is important. Not taking any breaks will lead to a lot of accumulated stress that can come out in form of agitation, irritability, or anger outbursts.

Anger is not a negative emotion but a survival tool. It helps motivate individuals and mobilize corrective actions for endurance. But this only works if the anger is in control and not creating chaos in peoples’ lives.

Holding in anger is not healthy. It is important to let it out as it can cause many physical and psychological problems such as hypertension, high sugar, etc, and can also lead to depression. But letting steam off in a healthy way is important. Once calm, we should talk to the person we think caused the problem and try to look for alternative solutions for the problem.