When you get angry you might experience some of the these symptoms:
- Feel short of breath
- Notice that your heart is racing
- Breath heavily
- Roll your eyes
- Grind your teeth
- Feel your face get hot
- Have a headache or a migraine
- Get a stomach-ache
- Have nervous twitches
- Feel dizzy
- Feel nauseated
If you know your physical response to anger you know when you need to cool it. Here are some tips to help you cool down:
- Take five deep breaths, concentrating on exhaling.
- Excuse yourself from a situation and go for a walk or go to a quiet place
- If you can’t get away from the situation, you can tell yourself to calm down and imagine relaxing place. As you bring this place to your mind, focus on letting the anger drain from your body like water from a bathtub.
If it is hard to come up with something, remember that a trained counsellor can be a great source of anger management coping techniques.