Dealing with Anger.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anger. We all feel it from time to time, some more or less than others. I myself am quite a sensitive person when it comes to emotions; I get sad quickly, I get angry quickly, I get happy quickly, I get confused quickly..the list goes on. I don't know why I'm so sensitive but it's forced me to think of ways of dealing with all these different emotions.


Being angry or sad isn't a bad thing, it's just your brain's way of dealing with the situation. However, an emotion like anger can quickly escalate to something more dangerous. Now I'm not saying that everyone starts throwing things at first sight when they get angry, but for those of you who, like me, get angry quickly and don't want to take it out negatively, here are somethings that could help.
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1. Sleep
For me, I turn to sleep to relax and calm down. I usually end up saying a bunch of things that I don't really mean in the heat of the moment and get myself in trouble that I definitely could have avoided. Sleep is my go-to solution for letting off steam but you're not always tired when you happen to feel angry so here are a few more things that help me.

2. Exercise
Another way to channel that adrenaline is to workout. Turn up some music and just let off the steam. Whether you decide to run on a treadmill or play a sport, I think it really helps to be able to relieve that energy in a way that you won't be hurting yourself or anyone around you. 

3. Vent
If you don't get super pumped when you get angry, but feel like your head is about to explode, vent. You can talk to someone or you can even vent through doing something you love. Writing, listening to music, drawing, playing games, etc. I'd prefer to talk to someone, whether it be in person, on the phone or even through texting. I just feel better knowing that someone else knows how I'm feeling and can just talk to me. 

4. Let it out.
Sometimes you get so worked up that you feel like you're going to burst into tears or scream; well let it out. Whenever I get worked up my eyes start welling up with tears and I inevitably start crying, and although I hate that I can't really control that, it helps. When my sister gets mad she starts screaming and just goes into her room and starts shouting. Although it may seem like a weird thing screaming at nobody, it's her way of dealing with her anger. 

5. Count to 10
When I'm feeling angry, the rush of adrenaline that runs through my body makes me feel like I have to do something, hit something, walk around, whatever. I've never actually tried this but I've heard that counting to ten helps you focus your attention on something else and in turn calm your nerves a bit. 
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Honestly, every single person is different and they experience different things when they're angry and have their own ways of dealing with it. I just listed a few things that help me and maybe it'll help someone else. I've just realized that I don't really like how rashly I act when I get angry; it's like I don't even know what I'm doing or saying until afterwards. I don't think I have anger-management problems, but I do think that I need to work on thinking before acting. 

Sorry, this was a more of a serious post, and I don't really do these kinds of posts but it's just something that I've been thinking about and wanted to get out there. I hope it was somewhat helpful. (:

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