We live in a hectic, fast-paced environment where there’s hardly time to sit and breathe. That long day at work just gets to us and makes us flare up in anger. Or your children’s misbehaviour overwhelms you, making you lose your temper.
It’s unlikely any of us like to lose our cool. So let’s take a deep breath, understand the root cause of anger and learn a few tips on how to manage it!
When we are angry, we feel this overwhelming surge of emotions that leaves us shaken and possibly regretful later on. When we are angry, there is a lack of awareness. The first step is to realize anger doesn’t change nor improve the situation. Next is to know that we can correct anger with awareness.
There are 3 important aspects for anger management:
- Restlessness in the body and mind
- Past impressions of anger in the mind
- Lack of awareness and acceptance of imperfections (or mistakes)
And here are some tips to manage anger:
- You are what you eat!
The food you eat greatly affects your mind and emotions. Certain types of food, such as oily, fried, meat-based foods brings restlessness to the mind and body. Avoiding such food will help you to control anger.
- The power of rest
Tiredness and restlessness in your body creates irritation and agitation in the mind. At least 6-8 hours of sleep a day is important, not only for a healthy rested mind and body, but a healthier you too!
- Yoga Asanas
Ten to 15 minutes of yoga asanas can help to remove body restlessness. Start with a few rounds of sun salutions in the morning. The synchronized breath and movement will greatly help in settling your mind and sets you right for the day. Your energy levels and physical strength may see an added improvement too!
- Deep cleansing breaths
When things get too overwhelming, find a quiet corner, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Feel your body relax as your anger eases. The breath releases stress and helps your mind to calm down.
Take a 20-minute journey within. Make it a habit to find 20 minutes in your day to sit quietly and meditate. The long term benefits of calming your mind, looking inwards and focusing on your breath will help with easing anxiety on a daily basis.