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Dealing with Anger

Nov 28, 2017 • by Dania Cabello, Alvernia University, citizen contributor
Anger and Emotional Intelligence

Are you dealing with anger in a healthy way? With the new wave of media interactions expressing points of view, opinions, and criticizing others is rapidly creating tension among people. Having public accounts on social media is susceptible to conflicting, negative or angry comments on your feed. After reading a comment that has just ruined your day, how do you react to it?It’s common for people to displace their anger on others. However, the barista making your coffee is not responsible, and being rude is not the right way to deal with your anger. On the other hand, other people submerge their anger. People who do not address or talk to someone about their anger, can suffer from stress-related illness. Either way of managing and dealing with anger can negatively affect your health.According to Psychology Today,  research has proved anger feeds on itself. Therefore, if you are not dealing with anger in a healthy way it can potentially harm in a physiological way. Some of the risks can be irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, and heart disease. There are different levels of dealing with anger that can be influenced by genetics, reinforcement, and others. In a study conducted by the American Psychological Association, they studied how the different levels of dealing with anger affect our health. The study yield results as, people with the least control of anger as the highest risk of fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular conditions. After the study’s literature review, it was concluded that when anger is experienced moderately, and expressed assertively it may be less harmful. Some people are more susceptible to quick arousal of irritable emotions.Regardless of the susceptibility we have to anger, there needs to be a balance when dealing with intense emotions. Deanna Prefach has found that balance, she says “ I usually ignore whoever I’m mad at until I have calmed down.” From previous experience she has learned the best way is to calm down before directly addressing her anger with the other person involved. She continues, “It’s just the best way to avoid further conflict and make everything worse.” Deanna also found helpful to, “talk to friends about the situation, and get a different perspective.” Deanna is not wrong about her way of dealing with anger.Psychology Today offers tips on how to deal with anger including; not addressing your anger when you’re rushed, pause and slowly count to ten, and take time to cool off. Try practicing to not lash back because you are angry, take deep breaths and think before you speak because the least beneficial thing to do is say something that you will regret. Taking time to rush off the adrenaline and calm down will help lower stress and anger. Some helpful tips include listening to soothing music, meditate, and reduce further anger stimulators.Lastly, you want to make sure you identify what made you angry and that way you can directly address the situation without bashing the other person with irrelevant matters. So, next time anger tries to get the worst of you, try some of the tips and techniques for dealing with anger in a healthier way.  

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