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Don't Let Anger Spoil Your Day

By Stephen R. Farris

On any given day, most all of us deal with an anger issue that arises. It could be when we're stuck in traffic -- which on most California highways is pure torture as you well know -- and the guy behind us keeps honking the horn like that's going to solve anything. Waiting in long lines to check out at the grocery store or convenience store can trigger an anger response, especially if the cashier is gabbing away and barely scanning that person's items. 

If our anger gets out of control it could put us in trouble, not only with our boss, law enforcement or our families, but it can have an effect on our health too, for instance making our blood pressure higher than normal, which could lead to problems with hypertension. We may feel anxiety as well.

There are ways we can deal with anger when it flares and keep it at a minimal.

Breathe Deep

When things seem to be building up inside to the point it makes you want to scream or yell, stop for a moment and collect your thoughts. Take a few slow deep breaths and bring yourself back to a calmer state. Do it for as long as you need. It will help clear your head and possibly keep you from doing something totally irrational.

Seriously, Talk or Sing to Yourself

Exactly. Think of a verse of your favorite song or poem and let it flow inside your head, or even out loud, but gently. If you can't remember them, use your smartphone to search for the lyrics or the stanza. 

Don't Worry, Be Happy

You're probably heard this phrase in several movies, "find your happy place." It's more effective than you might think. In most situations where you may have to wait, or you're delayed for something, simply begin to think of a place that makes you happy. Say like the beach, listening to the waves break upon the shore, or visiting a museum with all the beautiful pieces of art. Speaking of beauty, it might be sitting on the front porch at a mountain cabin taking in the scenery just before sunset or sunrise. And before you know, you wait - or delay - has ended and life continues.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Danville, Calif.

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