Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stress & Anger Management Techniques

Stress can have negative effects on health.

People have to manage a lot of stress to keep up with technology, changes in economy, education and lifestyle in today's fast-paced world. Stress needs to be controlled before it can lead to burnout or anger. Some people can cope with a certain amount of stress and anger because they are optimistic by nature. Others need to learn techniques to manage stress and anger so they can live a healthy and happy life.

Stress and Anger

People become stressed for a lot of reasons, and to different degrees. Stress can become anger, a powerful and violent feeling that has negative, and sometimes irreversible, effects on human relationships. Stressful events can involve death of a family member or friend, communication problems with people at home or at work, losing or changing jobs, financial and health issues. Low self-esteem and a predisposition to negative thoughts can make a person even unhappier.

Lifestyle Improvement

Whatever the causes, you can manage stress by applying some simple techniques. Exercise regularly, because physical effort improves blood flow and reduces stress. Make better choices in your diet, and reduce or eliminate alcohol and nicotine. Get a good night's sleep, and sometimes siestas during the day if possible, because stress increases when you are sleep-deprived. Take a long bath to improve your emotional state. Work in the garden or play with a pet to take your mind off stressful problems.

Psychological Techniques

Some techniques of coping with stress at the psychological level include managing time better and reducing workload; and organizing things, because when everything is in place and you know what to do, you have eliminated a stress factor. Other techniques: think positively, no matter how gloomy a situation seems; talk to a friend, because she might help you to find a solution; accept the things you can't change and move on. This can give you peace of mind.

Anger Management

To manage anger, wait several seconds before you respond, and think before you talk, the Mayo Clinic recommends. Get away from the person who provoked your reaction. After the anger passes, talk to him about the problem and try to find solutions together. Try relaxing activities to decrease anger; physical exercises or meditation can help you calm down. Don't hold a grudge, and use humor to minimize the effect of the situation.

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