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Anger: Controlling it, and finding ways to use it toward positive things.
We all experience happiness and anger at various points during our lives. As beautiful and great as life can be, there are also the darker forces of life that attempt to mask and consume the good within us. Anger can be one of the negative forces that affects us. None of us can deny the emotion of anger. It's an emotion that we all experience. Both anger and happiness are unique emotions when it comes to us as individuals. These emotions can vary from person to person. What makes one person angry or happy, may be totally different for the next. Today I'm going to discuss anger in this article. I'm going to talk about why I feel it's important to control it, and point out ways we can turn it into something more positive. Lets get to it.
Anger causes recklessness.
I recall watching a documentary on boxer, Bernard Hopkins last year. As great and inspiring as I found the documentary to be, there was something he said that has stuck with me since watching it. There was a segment during the documentary where Hopkins discussed anger. Hopkins, who served 5 years in prison before becoming a professional boxer described anger in one of the best ways that I feel it could be defined: "When you're angry, you do reckless things". I thought this quote was so true, and I shared it with Facebook immediately after finishing the documentary. It's understandable that an athlete like Hopkins would need to control his anger and keep his composure while in the ring. However, I feel that this quote is profound enough to apply to us as people in general.
Negative effects of anger.
Anger and stress are very persistent in today's society. There are so many people who are constantly angry these days. With all of the negativity happening in today's world, it's no surprise that anger is so rampant. Despite all of that, ask yourself this question; What good really comes from getting angry so much? I'm almost willing to bet that if you think about it for a minute or two, you can't really come up with anything good. If you can come up with something good, please let me know. The fact is that nothing good comes from anger, that is unless it's controlled anger. Anger brings on added stress, and causes high blood pressure. Being angry can greatly cloud and impair out judgement - which causes us to say or do things we'll probably regret later on. Anger sometimes even leads to violent altercations, and nothing good comes from violence. When we allow others to make us angry, we are giving partial control of ourselves to someone else. Keep in mind that there are some people who actually get a rise out of making others angry. There is a remedy for this however. There are ways to use our anger for positive and useful purposes.
Ways to help control anger.
There are ways to take anger and use it for our benefit. As I mentioned previously, controlled anger is one of the best forms of anger. Exercise and fitness is one of the best ways to benefit from anger. There are times where I find myself getting angry, and I'll go for a run. Some of the most productive runs I've had came when I done them while being angry or frustrated. Other times when I find myself getting angry, I'll just go take a walk. Taking a walk helps us to think, and it also helps in calming us down. Venting through our words can be another way to counteract the negative effects of anger. Sometimes I'll get my tablet and write down how I'm feeling. These thoughts can sometimes lead to me writing a blog post. There are so many ways to counteract and control anger. We just have to find things that we enjoy to help us express our anger in a positive way.
I personally feel that controlling our anger is an important key to our health and wellness. I know that I've personally became a happier person since I've learned to let certain things go. The next time someone does something to make you angry, just stop and think for a second. That's one of the main problems there - people react too quickly before thinking. Just stop and ask yourself; "Is it worth getting angry over"? Don't allow people to control and dictate you through your anger. Even if you feel yourself getting angry because of something someone did, try not to let it show too much. It's very important to control our anger, and hide it deep inside of us. This can be hard task to accomplish, but I feel it's necessary. I'd like to know some of the ways you use to combat your anger. Feel free to leave your thoughts and feedback in the comment section. Thanks for reading.