Strategies that Help to Keep Anger at Bay
Anger is a part of everyone’s life and is a normal human emotion. Learning how to work through anger in a productive way is just another part of the human experience. If you find that you’re experiencing challenges dealing with anger, or that you feel as if your anger might often get out of control, then one of the best things you can do is to seek out in person or online counseling for anger management to help you cope with excessive anger.
Developing techniques to manage anger can definitely be a challenge, but here are just a few of the strategies that you can work through both with a professional or independently to help keep your anger under control.
One of the key elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the idea of cognitive restructuring or working to change negative thought patterns to be healthier and more productive. For many who experience anger management challenges, learning to replace incessant thought patterns driven by anger is one of the key features to taking a step back and dealing with anger in a more productive and logical way. For example, instead of instantly reacting to a conflict with shouting and swearing, working on your thought patterns can help you respond with a more solutions-oriented approach.
Tools for Relaxation
Finding the right outlets for relaxation and stress management are also a great way to help curb frequent anger issues. For example, learning breathing techniques, visualization tricks, or memory techniques are all different ways that can help you calm down during a conflict and take a step back before responding with anger.
Developing strong communication techniques can also help to head off anger spirals through open and honest discussion. Using “I statements” so that the other person in the conflict understands the impact of what has happened can help bring others to your level of understanding- for example, “I felt angry when you forgot about this important event because it made me feel like you didn’t care.” Additionally, developing your listening skills is also crucial to having positive communication strategies and minimizing opportunities for angry outbursts.
Online Counseling for Anger Management
If you or one of your loved ones is experiencing challenges with anger, getting some in-person or online counseling for anger management is a positive step towards learning to cope with your anger. At ACT Teletherapy, we would be happy to connect you with a counselor to begin your anger management therapy journey.
Book an appointment today and let one of our qualified mental health professionals give you the support you need to deal with your anger in a healthy and productive way.