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Relaxation is an Effective Technique for Anger Management

Aug 17, 2007
Anger has been proved as a root cause for various problems like anxiety, heart attack, etc. But, as the saying goes, "Where there is a will, there is a way". Among various techniques to control and manage anger, one very effective technique is relaxation. It can be done in many ways and makes your mind and body relaxed to relieve you from anger. One may need to learn the correct technique to get complete results.

Breathing

Controlled breathing is a very effective way of getting calmed down. The method has a logical reason behind it; anger makes us breathe faster, but if we just do the opposite of it, i.e. if we just start breathing slowly by taking deep breaths, the problem is solved even before it started. The important point to be noted is that you should take deep breaths, involving your diaphragm, not shallow breaths using just your chest. Next important thing to be followed is that the processes of inhaling and exhaling should be very slow.

Whispering soothing words like "calm down" while exhaling even enhances the effectiveness of the technique. So, whenever you feel like getting angry on something, make a habit of taking in and out slow deep breaths to control yourself.

Imagery

This relaxation technique helps relaxing from anger and fills the person with positive feelings and calmness. This technique can be applied by someone else or by the person affected himself. It involves painting an imaginary picture of something you enjoy. It can be a scene of your favorite destination, having you there enjoying and smiling. Completely involve yourself in the scene and see yourself doing all the fun activities that you love to do. See your near and dear ones there. This will make you forget the tension and anger. In no time you will feel relaxed and smiling. This is the key to effectiveness of this technique. Our body and even our facial muscles become stiff on getting angry. Smiling, not only relaxes mind, but it relaxes our facial muscles as well.

Other Relaxation Techniques

Other than breathing and imagery techniques, there are various other ways too, to control anger and anxiety. For example, saying relaxing words to oneself in a low soothing voice, acupuncture, meditation, etc. These techniques just distract you for some time; from the situation that is making you angry, and gives you time to control your emotions and anger.

Before getting angry over some issue, try and clarify the matter with the person concerned. This may even solve the problem without your getting angry over it. Meditation is also very helpful in controlling anger. Concentrate and practice deep breathing, along with saying positive and relaxing words. Once you have controlled your anger, you have assured a happy life for yourself.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Anger Management .
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