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Alternative Treatment Options for Anger Problems

Aug 17, 2007
What do you do if you have a problem with anger, but you're not willing to pursue the traditional routes to fix yourself. You'd rather not go to a counseling center to talk about your anger issues, or to a clinic for rehabilitation or to a camp to straighten yourself out. You prefer not to get drugs to calm you down, or to make you happy. You want to take this anger monster by the tail and win over it on your own, the natural way. Good for you!

There are a lot of alternatives to deal with anger problems. As long as you realize that you have an anger issue and make a decision to change that, you're already taking a step towards winning the war against anger.

For starters, you can try to live a healthy lifestyle. What does that have to do with not angry? What you eat is what you are! You need to eat healthier foods to cleanse your body of its toxins. Eating right will generally make you feel better and relaxed, stabilize your hormones, and decrease the chances of you getting sick. Certain foods can cause us to be more irritable than others. Greasy and high-fat foods can steer you to anger.

Try going out and playing a sport. Committing to a sport can take your mind off things, exercise your body, trigger pleasure-chemicals in your brain, and give you a sense of achieving something and an activity to look forward to. You can also develop relationships or make new friends with your new sport, to help you heal faster. Consider swimming: it is deeply relaxing and it requires you to move all of your muscles and for you to focus. Try team sports, like volleyball, basketball or football, so you can meet new people and have fun in a group.

Another thing you can do is keep a journal. Start your own anger therapy by writing down your thoughts and feelings, or writing them down as poetry or music lyrics. Keeping a journal is a good outlet whenever you are feeling the angry. Write down why you are angry, to whom you are angry, just let it all out! Afterwards, you can throw whatever you wrote down if you do not want to keep it. The point is not to keep the work, but that you don't keep the anger bottled in.

You can also try redirecting your anger towards creating new things, or doing some other calming activity. If you are feeling angry, you can express it through art - you can paint or make a sculpture. Or you can go out and take a walk in the park, clear your head for a moment before you analyze what happened that made you angry, so you can avoid taking rash actions and be calm and collected and level-headed when making a decision.

Lastly, you can enroll in yoga or meditations classes, where they teach you how to purify your mind and spirit. These classes will let you get in touch with you inner self, and relax your mind and body as well.
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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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