Anger management activities can make the difference between reacting foolishly and dangerously when you are put under pressure and being able to control yourself and handle the situation appropriately. These activities need to start at the very point where anger tends to flare up so that you can begin to control and manage it.
This, of course, is only the first part of a program which should see you experiencing ever fewer feelings of anger as you go through your life, and which should lead you to calmness and serenity.
Keep anger in control
If you can condition yourself to be controlled in the face of provoking factors, you will have every chance of avoiding severe incidents in the future. It is best not to wait until a potential event occurs before you start to practice these valuable techniques, but to condition yourself with simulated activities which are carried out in groups.
If other members of the group are able to perform as actors and create a situation in which you would typically feel angry, you can practice using phrases or realistically doing controlled breathing. This will then become part of the conditioning of the mind, and should a similar event occur in the real world; you will be ready to deal with it.
These activities give you the chance to condition your mind to react in a different way to stimulation, which would normally invoke an angry reaction. You will still feel the anger, but you will be able to control it. This can be done through phrases, breathing control, or anything else which breaks the chain of automatic reaction.
Once you have managed to control the anger just once in a real-life situation, the belief within the mind that you cannot control will be gone, and everything from that point on will be far easier to accomplish.
You can then step up your anger management activities to try to reach the next level of achievement, which is not to feel the anger in the first place, or at least to feel significantly reduced violence if some of it is justified. The techniques used for doing this are substantially different from the fundamental methods, even though they are an extension of them.
They are different primarily because they do not need the group activity. Practicing deep breathing for immediate control works better when you have other participants to add to the reality, but breathing exercises can also be done alone in the long term.
One group activity which you can take part in is a lifestyle improvement group, which can help each member set targets of improved diet, nutrition, exercise, health, and lifestyle. Some improvements can have a profound effect on your mood very quickly, such as cutting down on alcohol consumption or stopping smoking.
If these are long-standing severe addictions, they will need specialist professional treatment to effect a withdrawal, but social drinkers can be just as prone to anger attacks as those who drink from need.
Good diet helps
Combining these anger management activities with a proper sound diet and a well thought out exercise program will help to improve your life in all respects. You will find that your overall health is better, your nerves will be calmer, and the outside factors which used to drive you to angry reactions will not have the same power or control over you.
These benefits could easily have an additive effect on other areas of your life, giving you better relationships with family and friends, more satisfaction at work and better performance with leisure interests. The momentum grows and grows with the right anger management activities.
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