Anger Management Tips

  1. Exercise.  Exercise reduces stress and improves your mood.
  2. Take slow deep breaths.
  3. Become aware of what triggers your anger.  Once you know what the roots of your anger are, you can deal with it more constructively.
  4. Keep a log of your angry thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Become aware of the underlying emotions and express that feeling instead of anger.
  5. Be assertive.  This is one of the most important tools for expressing your anger in a healthy way.  Calmly stating your thoughts and feelings without blaming someone is a powerful way to respond to a conflict.
  6. Laughing can dispel anger.
  7. Eat healthy and get an adequate amount of sleep.  Feeling tired can make you more irritable and prone to anger.
  8. Avoid too much caffeine.  Caffeine increases the heart rate, metabolism, blood pressure, and causes mood irritability.
  9. Get organized and manage your time.
  10. Relax.  Engage in activities you enjoy.
  11. Learn to forgive.  Bitterness plays a big role in anger.  Let it go.
  12. Consider counseling, if you are experiencing uncontrollable stress, depression or loss.

It is important to get to the root of the problem that you are having with your temper.  It may be partly emotional, physiological, or psychological.  It may also be due to a crisis, stress or previous loss or trauma. A counselor can help you explore these causes and better ways to cope with your thoughts, symptoms and feelings.