Fighting the Fury

Sometimes you get so angry that you feel like punching your fists into the wall, throwing something at someone or screaming out loud. You may feel like a fool later on, but in the heat of the moment, you can’t help getting these reckless thoughts or at times even implementing them, harming yourself or others in the process. But the good news is.. there are ways in which anger can be dealt with:

Take your Time
The best thing to do is to stay away from people and give yourself time until your anger subsides. Run to seclusion to avoid interacting with people as far as possible.

Often you realise the signs of the fury beginning to surge within you at a time when it may not be possible to isolate yourself. When the situation demands that you keep your cool in the midst of a mob:

  1. Breathe in and out deeply. This is known to calm your nerves.
  2. Mentally count numbers in ascending or descending order.. whichever suits you. (I haven’t attempted this age old strategy, but it may be worth a try!)

Drink Water
It will cool you and your fit of rage down instantly.

Vent Out
Anger, when wrongly expressed can be unsafe and if suppressed is unhealthy. So what do you do? The key lies in finding ways of letting out the intense feeling non-destructively:

a) Penning your Thoughts
You may wonder how this could make a difference. But I speak from personal experience when I say, it DOES. Start jotting down your thoughts in precisely the same sequence they occur to you or write down exactly how you are feeling. This will not only provide a means of catharsis but will also at a later hour, enable you to reflect upon and analyse your hot headed state. It may even help to deal with a similar situation in future.

b) Pursuit of Pleasure
Listen to a song that you like, watch a movie or read a book. Basically, do what it takes to take your mind off the object of your annoyance.

Ignore Your Impulse
Rationality and Emotions don’t generally get along. (ok in certain cases, they do, but as far as anger is concerned, they certainly don’t!). When you’re experiencing an emotion as strong as anger, don’t make any decisions and more importantly, don’t ACT on those decisions, because invariably, you will end up regretting what you impulsively did. Wait until you regain a saner frame of mind and then think.

And last but not the least,

Think of “A Few of Your Favourite Things”
Irrespective of where you are and what you’re doing, recalling any memory that makes you smile or laugh is a guaranteed winner!

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