Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”
And isn’t that the truth?
Sometimes an unsavory event occurs, or someone does something to upset you and you feel your blood boiling. You may even start to lose your cool.
Everyone expresses anger in different ways. Some yell, some cry, others shut those around them out. Anger is an emotion that can feel all-encompassing, and for a moment you're blinded by it and can make poor decisions. Another quote I try and live by is: “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” - Ambrose Bierce
We've all been blinded by anger before, but the next time you feel yourself losing your cool, remember these 4 tips to help you calm down:
1) Scream in Silence
Sometimes we have so much pent-up frustration, we feel like we're going to explode. Allow yourself to scream into a pillow, or in an empty room. It will serve as a release to this negative energy and as silly as it sounds it may make you feel better.
If you have a bunch of negative energy you want to release, go on a run, take a yoga class or go on a brisk walk. Exercising will not only clear your mind, but you will be using this energy towards something that is ultimately good for you. Exercise gives you endorphins which will uplift your mood, so attempt to turn this negative energy into positive energy.
3) Take a Minute
If you're very angry with a certain person, before confronting them, take a moment to calm down before speaking with them. If you talk to this person when you're angry and not thinking clearly, you may say things that you regret which can ultimately make the situation worse. It's like throwing gasoline on a fire.
4) Practice Letting Go
Practice letting go and remind yourself that you can either do 1 of 3 things: Remove yourself from the situation that makes you feel angry, change the situation by taking an action or choose to accept it and move on. Whatever option you choose, do it, and then simply... let go.
I hope the next time you feel a flood of anger you remember one or all of these tips. I also like to incorporate affirmations that raise my vibration and boost my mood whenever I feel upset or angry. I urge you to give that a try!
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I'll leave you with one more inspiring quote from the Dalai Lama: "In order to use human intelligence properly our mind should be calm."
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*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on August 13th, 2018 to include the latest information for our readers.*
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.