You’ve been angry too often and too much of the time, and you recognize the price you are paying – social withdrawal, fractured relationships, and perhaps even self-medication with overeating, alcohol, an escape to bed, and substance abuse. If you’ve reached the point where you’re sick of feeling this way, consider these five actions to walk away from the rocky road:
- Acknowledge your feelings and own them without judgment.
- Identify root causes and triggers of your anger.
- Be honest with yourself about the role you have played in perpetuating the pattern.
- Be kind to yourself – eat well, sleep long enough, and get moving. Physical activity can be an excellent way to release some of the tension and resentment. Krav Maga, boxing, or fencing, anyone?
- Reach out to others. Find someone with whom you can share your feelings and concerns. And then find simple ways to be compassionate and giving to others. Channel your energy in a positive direction and experiment with assuming positive intent in situations that would typically draw your ire.
Take Time to Ponder:
- For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Don’t Bite the Hook by Pema Chödrön
- Feel Better! – I Dreamed a Dream
(Personal Insight MD, LLC, PeopleTweaker, and Insight MD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are feeling extreme anger with thoughts and actions harmful to yourself or others such as physical/verbal abuse or acts of violence, find yourself self-medicating with alcohol, illicit drugs, etc., expressing your anger in such a way that threaten relationships or your job, etc. seek professional help immediately and call 911 if necessary if you find yourself in an out-of-control situation or have the urge to hurt yourself or others.)