Anger Management Tips


Here are a few time-tested tips of anger management −

  • Thinking before Speaking − Collect your thoughts before saying anything.

  • Expressing Anger Calmly − State thoughts clearly without hurting others.

  • Exercising − Spend some time doing other enjoyable physical activities.

  • Timeouts − Some moments of silence can help you focus your thoughts.

  • Identifying Solutions − Instead of thinking what makes you angry, try to find a resolution to the issue.

  • Use 'I' statements − Say, "I’ve been waiting to check your presentation," instead of, "You never finish your work within deadlines."

  • Don't grudge − It's unrealistic to expect everyone to perform by your guidelines. Forgiving and forgetting can take a lot of negative emotion out of your system.

  • Use humor − Use humor to dissipate the situation without turning it hostile.

  • Practice relaxation skills − Practice deep-breathing, listening to music.

  • Seek help − Consider seeking professional help if your anger is absolutely uncontrollable.

Try it Yourself

Recall a situation that made you angry, and another one that caused you to turn violent in anger. Now compare both the situations and fill in the form.

  • What makes you angry? How would you react to this situation?

  • What behavior you want to avoid the most when you experience anger?

  • What will be your alternative line of action?

  • How will you deal with the early warning signs of anger?

  • How will you behave when you are very angry?

Download Try-it yourself sheet.