Anger management denotes a system of different techniques used to control otherwise excessive or uncontrollable anger, and reduce the severity of anger. Anger is typically described by uncomfortable emotional response to perceived provocation. Angry people typically have a strong tendency to retaliation combined with different physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Anger is a normal and healthy human emotional response, but in some cases, it may get completely out of control and become extremely destructive. People having problems with anger may become dysfunctional at work, in school, in personal relationships and in life in general. Often, people report feeling like they are driven by the uncontrollable emotion, which created other problems. Managing anger through different strategies may dramatically improve the quality of one’s living and resolve the conflicts in individual’s personal and professional relationships.
Self-examination is one of the best ways to gain control over the problem with anger. One should try to understand what exactly provokes the feeling of anger, or if it potentially builds up as a result of some previous issues that have not been resolved. The individual should also make sure this is a real cause of anger and examine the evidence that supports the belief, as well as the other equally believable options. When the cause is determined, an individual should explore the possible actions that may help to control the situation. The best way to do so is to imagine that someone else is having the anger problem, and try to envision what kind of advice would be the most appropriate to give to that person.
People are typically unaware of the power of breath. Human breath changes in response to emotions and, vice versa, it may actually affect the way we react emotionally. Deep, rich, fluid diaphragmatic breathing is very beneficial for anger management. Moreover, breathing techniques may help to decrease the impact of the daily stress of modern life. Stress makes the sympathetic nervous system over-stimulated, which results in a lot of tension, anxiety and anger. Therapeutic deep breathing can increase the overall energy flow through the body, and release the tension. A complete breathing exercise should be practiced every day, by sitting up straight and relaxed and inhaling deeply letting the air fill the lungs and the abdomen stretch. One should remain focused on the breath and feel the chest and the rib cage expand to let the air in. The face and the mind should be relaxed, and the most important thing is to let everything go and just focus on the breath.