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Keeping Your Cool: 3 Tips for Anger Management

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you have a bad temper, you probably know it. Most people who lose their cool are often aware of this personal fault. And chances are good that you don't like your temper bursts any more than other people. Anger management is just hard for some people. But the real problem with poor anger management isn't the outbursts or the show of emotion; it's the harm to your health. Anger can raise blood pressure and stress, which brings a wide array of healthy risks into the picture. So what can you do? You can learn to control your temper. If you need a little help learning to keep your cool, take a look at these three tips to get your started.

Learn Meditation and Deep Breathing

Meditation can work for keeping your cool. It's been proven that those who regularly meditate feel a sense of calm more often than those who do not. Of course, learning meditation takes work and a ton of patience. You'll learn how to sit without your thoughts without reaction, and you'll also learn some deep breathing techniques. Though it can be cumbersome to stick with it through the learning process, the effects on your emotional management will be well worth your efforts.

Find Your Personal Boundaries and Triggers

Anger tends to creep up when others have crossed a personal boundary or when we've been triggered by a particular situation. If we learn our own boundaries and then enforce them, we may be able to avoid being triggered at all. It will take some time and work to learn and set your boundaries. You'll need to pay close attention to your own inner monologue. But once you determine where your lines are, avoid things that cross the line, and you'll be better able to manage your temper. 

Seek Professional Help

Don't feel bad about needing a little help. There are therapists -- even some who deal specifically with anger management -- to help you learn to cope. You'd hire a professional to work on your house or your car. So why not hire one to work on yourself? Seek our professional help, and your journey to better anger management will be that much faster and more efficient. 

Changing your behavior is hard. It's really hard. But sometimes it's necessary, and in the case of anger management, it's definitely necessary! Use these tips to get a handle on your temper, and you'll improve your health, your mental state and your quality of life moving forward. 

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

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