In my previous article, “Anger; The Greatest Enemy of Our Time”, I promised to outline some anger management strategies to readers in my next publication. In furtherance of that, I wish to “steal” this golden opportunity to do justice to Anger Management Strategies.
To begin with, many theologians are of the opinion that anger can be effectively managed through reading of the scripture, meditation, prayer and fasting among others. Do you agree?
Also, more than two thousand years ago, the Greek Philosopher called Aristotle used the term “catharsis” to describe the “purging” or release of emotional tension that results from viewing a tragic play or drama. The idea was that, after one’s tension is released, a sense of psychological refreshment would emerge.
Furthermore, early in the last century, the Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud corroborated and promoted a similar view. He claimed that if people bottled-up or repressed their negative emotions, they would later resurface as a psychopathology, such as hysteria. Thus, Freud maintained that we should express anger rather than restrain it.
Further research shows that anger could also be managed through the following:
Reduce Anger’s Intensity: Whenever you want to reduce your anger, slow down and relax while you avoid saying the first thing that comes to mind.
Learn to Relax: As the old adage goes, a calm heart is the life of the fleshly organism, you can start by learning simple relaxation methods which help to reduce feeling of anger. Some effective relaxation techniques include:
– Breathing deeply which is one of the best and fastest ways to reduce the intensity of anger.
– While you breath deeply, try repeating a word or phrase that is calming to you like “relax”, “take it easy” etc.
– Immerse yourself in something you enjoy. Example, reading, listening to music, news, gardening, visiting friends etc.
Adjust your Expectations: You may not be able to avoid the people or things that act as anger triggers, but you can learn to control your reactions to them. This can be done by changing the way you think. People with very high expectations tend to have greater problems with anger.
This is because when something does not measure up to their high standards, disappointment and anger quickly set in. In order to combat this perfectionist mentality, it is important to keep in mind that nobody is a righteous man in the world.
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