As a person and an entrepreneur, we’ve all been there before. Things can be perfectly normal until an event or a circumstance happens, and then rage takes over. It may be time to utilize a few anger management tips.
“Anybody can be angry; that is easy. But to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way? That is not within anybody’s power and is not easy.” – Aristotle
You’re driving down the road and listening to your favorite cruising music when suddenly, a vehicle appears from the right side, which is most likely a public utility vehicle; it cuts drastically close and overtakes you. You strain your eyes to see who the driver is from the reflection on his rear view mirror. You see him and he appears to be smiling—the smile of contentment.
You’re at the local mall waiting in line at the nearby ATM. The screening time of The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is just 10 minutes away, but you still haven’t bought tickets. Your wife and son are waiting anxiously in line. No problem. Only one person is ahead of you, and he is wrapping up his transaction. Then, he pulls out 10 more ATM cards to withdraw for each of his 10 friends.
You’re with your friends at a popular karaoke bar and restaurant. You had a hectic week at work, and you’ve been looking forward to the weekend to unwind.
You’ve consumed a good number of spirits, and everyone is having a great time when someone steps up to the microphone and belts out a cringe-worthy version of My Way that would raise the undead.
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From these events, what do you think is the most probable scenario that will happen next? We’ve seen it posted in social media—episodes of road rage; a man pulls out a gun on the driver with whom he felt insulted and who violated his rights to public space.
A free-for-all erupts in the cinema because the group seated at the back couldn’t just stop talking. A man is stabbed to death in a karaoke bar because he “murdered” My Way.
While science has been divisive on whether smiling or frowning uses up more facial muscles, the fact remains that anger brings out the ugliness in even the most beautiful people.
Who would have thought that the cute-as-a-button, blue-eyed, blond-haired all-American girl who caused eyeballs to pop out of their sockets in the videos such as “Baby One More Time” and “I’m a Slave 4 U” can become a raving, hairless, homicidal lunatic with an umbrella?
There are people who are more temperamental than others, that is, they are roused by anger quicker than normal people. I hesitate to say “natural” because there may be deep-rooted issues on why some people get angry faster than others.
But regardless of the origins of anger behavior, anger can be destructive if not managed properly and the consequences can have far-reaching repercussions.
Here are 20 anger management tips that you can use to control the beast within you:
20 Anger Management Tips
1. Think before you speak
Human beings by nature are quick to judge or react. Judging or reacting is a built-in response when we come across news or meet comments that are disturbing or unfavorable.
But remember that there are always two, even three sides, to every story. Get the facts first, organize your thoughts, and rationalize if a response is even merited.
2. Express your anger
Pent-up emotions create unwanted stored energy that will inevitably seek release. They are similar to the contents of a pressure cooker without a release valve; nothing good will come of it.
It is perfectly fine to voice out or articulate your anger, but choose the right time, venue, and person to whom you will release your anger.
I believe that mind, body, and soul are connected. You need to work on all aspects to find balance in life. Exercise does more than just building muscle and improving health. It helps develop discipline and control.
When you are in control of your body, you will gain control of your mind and emotions. In weight lifting, we learn to channel emotions of anger and stress through a principle called “controlled aggression,” in which all of your energy is applied to overcome fear and, consequently, to move a seemingly immovable object.
Thus, negative energy is converted into positive outcome.