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Taming Anger

Posted on April 8, 2018 | No Comments on Taming Anger

Anger is a fact of life. Each of us, at some point experiences that feeling of irritation or rage for a certain individual or situation which harmed us or posed a threat to our well-being. If not managed well, anger may result in domestic abuse, road rage, workplace violence and addictions. Long term, it is linked to chronic headaches, sleep disorders, digestive problems, high blood pressure, and even heart attack. On the other hand, properly managed anger can lead to positive change.

Dr. Roanne Munoz Ramos shares with us some tips on anger management and on searching for healthy ways to express and resolve problems which ignite it.

By changing how we think with more rational thoughts, we change our perspective of the environment, and therefore change our emotional and behavioral reactions. For instance, instead of thinking, “What is happening to me is so terrible,” we replace it with, “What is happening is frustrating, and it is understandable that I feel this way, but getting angry will not solve anything.”

Getting angry also involves a physiological component, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. With relaxation, clients are taught deep-breathing and positive imagery activities to calm them down. A common cause of anger for a number of individuals is getting frustrated over situations for which they cannot find solutions. Instead of mulling over what made you mad, find healthy ways to resolve conflicts.

Anger towards others can also be the result of faulty communication. Anger can cloud one’s judgment, making individuals come up with inaccurate conclusions. When a person finds himself or herself in a heated discussion, it is best not to respond with the first words that come to mind-rather; one should slow down and think through one’s responses. Listen carefully to what the other person is saying. By doing so, this avoids the impulsive, hurtful words hurled against another person, words one tends to regret later.

A technique which can work to our advantage, especially for us Filipinos, is the use of humor, which can lighten up tension. However, the use of sarcasm is riot advisable, since it can make a situation worse and hurt the feelings of others.

Dr Ramos adds that when anger becomes destructive and gets in the way of a healthy personal and professional life, it is advisable to get professional help. Through this, and anger management sessions held, destructive emotional reactions are reduced.

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