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Know Your Anger

So how do you learn to manage your anger in a non-aggressive way? The process starts by recognizing your angry feelings, getting to know the situations that provoke them and noticing how you usually react when angry. But how do you even know that you’re angry? It’s not always simple, but it’s easier if you pay attention to certain cues.

Warning: Anger Ahead

So the next time you’re aware of feeling angry, pay attention to how your body reacts, how you behave, your thoughts and any other feelings you may be having. Take note of these cues or write them down so you become able to identify your anger when it first develops.

What Sets You Off?

Some situations annoy almost everyone. Other situations are annoying to relatively few people. Sometimes, just thinking about something that happened in the past can make you furious. Learning to recognize what usually makes you angry helps you prepare for a constructive response plan. When those situations come up, put into practice the strategies you’ve chosen for dealing with difficult and powerful emotions.
Managing Your Anger

While there is no way to avoid feeling angry at times, there are ways to decrease the intensity of your feelings and change your reactions to anger. You don’t have to let your anger get the best of you. You can control your anger so it doesn’t control you. Besides, anger can be very productive. It can motivate you to take the necessary steps toward achieving your goals; and used wisely, anger can greatly improve your relationships. On the other hand, uncontrolled or reckless expressions of anger invariably hurt relationships and hold you back in life.

10 Tips to Help You Deal

Once you know you’re angry, you can choose how to react. Here are some strategies for dealing with very powerful feelings and responding effectively. Try them and see what works best for you.

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