Control, Redirect, and Change: Advice for teens on controlling anger
Controlling Your Anger
Anger is a normal emotion, but it is important to keep your feelings in check to prevent a situation from escalating. Follow these seven tips for keeping your cool when it really matters:
1. Admit that you're angry: You can properly deal with your feelings once you are able to identify them.
2. Deal with it: Stop what you are doing, take some deep breaths, and count to 10.
3. Don't brush it off: Getting angry is normal. Ignoring your feelings will only make things worse in the long run.
4. Identify and understand the cause: Try to figure out the exact reason you are angry. Often people have an outburst about something when they are actually upset about something different altogether.
5. Walk away: This pro-active step allows you to have the power to change a situation.
6. Get a new perspective: Attempting to understand the other person's perspective in an argument might help you keep your temper down.
7. Vent to your family and friends: Explaining your feelings to those close to you might help you feel better about the situation.
Redirect The Anger
Being angry for a long period of time will only cause you more pain. Try to find activities to take your mind off things and help you relax.
1. Find a cause: Throw yourself into something positive. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, tutor a student at school, or help out a non-profit group in your community.
2. Find a hobby: Learn something new! Paint, draw, play a musical instrument, cook, read up on a subject of interest.
3. Exercise: By taking some time for yourself and engaging in physical activity you will be able to gain some perspective on your life. It is a perfect way to use up excess energy and calm yourself down.