One of the best ways to deal with anger in the long-term, is to find a healthy outlet that allows you to blow off steam. There are heaps of different avenues you can try, everyone’s different so what works for you mightn’t work for others. Here’s a couple of things you can try out:
- Exercise and sports. Numerous worldwide studies have documented that regular exercise can improve mood and reduce stress levels. The effect may be twofold: physical exertion burns up stress chemicals, and it also boosts production of mood-regulating neurotransmitters in the brain, such as endorphins. Sports psychologist Elizabeth Tindle says, “we’re talking about human involvement and happiness, and this comes from involvement in some sort of team or group, from feeling a sense of belonging to something. It could be a sports team, it could be other things, but I think sport plays a big role I think in our lives for health, including mental health.”
- Relation techniques, e.g. meditation. Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.
- Yoga. You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.
- Music. Engaging with music can have hugely therapeutic benefits. Professor of Neurology, Prof. Levitin explained: “We’ve found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics. But even more importantly, we were able to document the neurochemical mechanisms by which music has an effect in four domains: management of mood, stress, immunity and as an aid to social bonding.”
- Creative outlets. This can be anything from writing, painting, to playing an instrument. Immersing yourself into creative energies aids in expressing your emotions in a healthy, productive way.
- Counselling and therapy. Often, short term individual therapy with a psychologist, counsellor or therapist for anger management includes closely examining your triggers for anger, teaching you to recognise when you are starting to become angry, and providing you with the tools to contain your anger.
- Seeking other’s support. Just spending time with and talking to close friends and family about what’s on your mind is an effective way to help relieve stress. Connecting with others is essential for a fulfilling lifestyle.