Anger management - Tips
Tips for coping with anger
Would you like some tips and advice how to deal with anger management?
This forum is a great place to:
- explore several tips.
- respond to tips / share your experience.
- share the tips that work for you.
What's your tip how to deal with anger management?
Tip 1 - Think before you speak
In the heat of the moment, it's easy to say something you'll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything — and allow others involved in the situation to do the same.
Tip 2 - Let your voice out to the mirror
Do the 'let your voice out' exercise as described above while you talk to a mirror as if you are talking to the person you are angry with. Besides the release of tension and getting to know your thoughts, the mirror could have the effect that you realize that you are not so different from the person you are angry with.
And you will start to feel what it is like when someone is throwing his/ her anger on you.
Tip 3 - Osho Dynamic Meditation
This active meditation is perfect for anger management. Both for people who are very fast angry and for people who do not dare to let their anger out. You can do the meditation alone, but I can highly recommend you to find a place to do it with a group. With the right guidance and the support of the group, it will make it much more powerful.
The meditation consists of five stage and has music to guide it. You will find an explanation here: http://www.osho.com/meditate/active-meditations/dynamic-meditation
Tip 4 - Laughter can be a fantastic tension release
Laughter can be a fantastic tension release. You can use humor to help you face what's making you angry. Maybe you also find out that your anger is caused by unrealistic expectations and you can laugh about that.
Note: avoid sarcasm. Sarcasm can hurt feelings and make things worse
Tip 5 - Change your communication
The way you communicate can do a lot in preventing anger to increase or even happen at all. When you tend to speak in an annoyed and blaming way, keep yourself to speaking according to these rules: Speak sentences starting with "I" in stead of "you".
Express as factual as possible the situation, express how you feel about it and express what you would like.
Tip 6 - Short breaks
Create short breaks during your day. This way you prevent yourself from feeling stressed out and anger will be less easily triggered.
Tip 7 - Get some exercise
Physical activity is very useful as an anger management tool. Regular physical exercises will reduce stress, but also when anger is rising you can use physical exercises to blow off the steam in a harmless way.
Tip 8 - Find a counsellor
Do you suffer from anger management issues and could you use some support?
A therapist or counsellor can help you.
Tip 9 - Ask yourself this question
Next time you are struggling to control your anger ask yourself: "Will the object of my anger matter ten years from now?"
Chances are, you will see things from a calmer perspective.
Tip 10 - Try counting to ten
Try counting to ten before saying anything. This may not address the anger directly, but it can minimize the damage you will do while angry.
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