Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Health Tip: How to Keep Anger in Check

Breathe, relax and focus

Anger, while a normal emotion, can quickly spin into something more if not controlled.

The American Psychological Association offers these suggestions for managing anger:

- Take deep breaths that come from the diaphragm, not just the chest.

- Calmly and slowly repeat a phrase or word, such as "relax" or "take it easy," until you feel that you've calmed down.

- Imagine a peaceful, relaxing experience.

- Practice daily yoga or another slow, relaxing type of exercise.

Anger management is a process of learning to recognize signs that you're becoming angry, and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a positive way. Anger management doesn't try to keep you from feeling anger or encourage you to hold it in. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately. Anger management is about learning how to do this.

You may learn anger management skills on your own, using books or other resources. But for many people, taking an anger management class or seeing a mental health counselor is the most effective approach. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

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