Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Control Your Temper!

Anger is a normal reaction. What's not is the aggressive behavior it often causes.

If you feel like you're about to snap, take a few deep breaths. Inhale til your stomach pooches out, then exhale. This actually can give you fewer moments to think before you say something you may regret.

Examine yourself and ask whether the person you're angry at is the one who actually wronged you.

Learn to be empathetic, and force yourself to see the other person's side. It obliges you to listen, and it may change the way you talk to that person.

Suggest picking up the discussion again later if you think there's no resolution in sight by taking a time-out. Do something to clear your head such as taking a walk. Avoid stewing up or calling someone to complain which can just rile you up again.