Anger is an emotion with a purpose, to stop or start something. Anger might pop up, for instance, when you need to block a threat or take control of a situation. Most of the time we experience anger after a negative interaction or when we receive bad news. However, there are times when anger is appropriate.
Here are some suggestions on how to better handle your anger:
• Prioritize sleep. Being sleep deprived leads to more anger, hostility, and irritation.
• Get your move on. Exercise decrease anger and helps to release feel-good chemicals.
• Eat less junk food and don’t skip meals to reduce anger due to hunger.
• Quiet your mind, it calms your nervous system.
• Own your emotions and determine your triggers throughout the day.
• Breathe deep and slow to calm the body.
• Count to 10 to de-escalate your feelings.
• Distract yourself because it’s hard to feel two emotions simultaneously.
Remember, most everything we do and feel affects our bodies in one way or another. The best thing we can do is understand what sets us off and how it hurts our bodies. Then, learn new ways to rein it in when your inner temperature starts to rise. However, if you regularly cannot shake angry feelings or thoughts, it may be useful to talk to a therapist.