"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." -Chinese Proverb
I was reading a forum the other day, and the topic was anger. Most people in the chat were stating that since the start of the pandemic, they have been more angry than usual. Most people said that being isolated for so long has made them lose empathy and are quick to explode at the smallest things. Does that sound familiar? As we work our way through this pandemic, it can feel like a never ending black hole. We will get through this, but it helps to have some tools to cope when things become too much. Here are our top 5 tips for releasing anger and embracing peace.
Do Something Different
When you get angry over something, if you can, remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. Try not to linger around where you'll be reminded of negative feelings, even if you change your scenery for a few hours. Work on your garden, go do some laundry, grab a coffee at a cafe, walk around the mall for a bit. Whatever you can do gain some clarity and see something different. Your brain will shift its focus and allow you time to cool down.
Of course, we have heard a million times that exercise fixes everything. But, if you can do something physical, it will force the anger out of your body and make your pent up energy productive. Walking is good for calming down, put a sport where you can hit a ball, punch a punching bag, or push, like skiing, will let your anger flow in a natural way.
Watch a Funny Movie
What's the opposite of anger? Happiness. But that's not always easy to obtain when you're ready to flip your lid. But, a really funny pushes you towards laughing and helps you focus on something positive.
Studies have shown that playing any sort of game that uses the problem-solving section of your brain forces you to focus on solving the problem instead of focusing on whatever you're angry at. Focusing on a puzzle or other problem-solving game also helps your brain subconsciously work through whatever's on your mind.
One of the best ways to get out of your own head is to blast really loud, upbeat, positive music. Dance, bop your head, or just sit and enjoy the tunes. It'll instantly lift your mood and calm your senses.
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