How to use your anger in a positive way?
Most people view anger like a negative emotion, but it is just one of a wide array of normal human feelings.
It is a strong emotion and it can be seen as a supportive mechanism to show a person that something is wrong and requires changing. It can mobilize psychological resources for corrective action.
Find now how you can transform your anger in something positive. We believe that these few suggestions will give you a motivation to be a better person.
1. First, you need to accept your feelings.
One of the first ways of dealing with any emotion is by admitting that you’re feeling it. You can discuss it with people close to you who already understand your thought processes and emotional sensitivity, or you can simply understand it for yourself, without saying it out loud.
There is no shame or guilt in feeling angry, and there is no point in denying it either. Have you noticed how many people say, “No, I’m not angry!” – when you can hear it in their tone and see fumes all over their face. A mature understanding of your feelings will help you take necessary steps in overcoming it.
2. Figure out your anger triggers.
Very often similar situations or people trigger off the feeling of this emotion in us. Identifying those triggers will prevent us from being in the same place and encountering the same situations.
For example, if you are easily prone to road rage, it may help to plan your commute at hours when the traffic is less. Just by leaving half an hour earlier or later from work, could reduce your stress levels and prevent the corresponding anger.
3. Use your anger as motivator.
A great way to turn anger into positive energy is to grab a hold of the reason for the emotion being there, and using your feelings as a motivation to change your circumstances.
4. Calm yourself down.
Be proactive and take action to reduce this emotion by addressing the very point or situation that has made you feel this way.
After all, you are the person that knows yourself best and you are best equipped to calm yourself down.
5. Be more optimistic.
Many people find they are constantly in a bad mood or angry because they harbor a more pessimistic view of life in general.
Always looking for and seeing the bad in things can be very tiring for your patience, so try to see everyday situations in a more optimistic light and you may find yourself feeling less angry as the days go by.
Being optimistic means facing everyday problems without a feeling of foreboding and fearing for the worst.
6. Use your anger as a creative outlet.
The mixture of feelings that encapsulate anger can often be the source of inspiration for amazing creative works.
Whether it’s music, art, literature, dance, anything, channel your emotion in a productive way that will have something to show for it after the anger has passed.
7. Forgive and forget.
Humans are very stubborn breed, and many of us find it very hard to forgive and forget when we have been wronged.
However, finding forgiveness is essential to releasing some of the anger that you have inside, as keeping the grudge will only serve to let you move on with your life.
8. Channelize your energies elsewhere. For example: EXERCISE.
Moderate exercise is a great way to help release feelings of pent up anger in your body.
A good jog can clear your mind of your emotions and the endorphin that is released through the physical activity will serve to give you a brief but much needed feeling of euphoria and well being.
Read more about the mental health benefits of exercise here.
Make anger your fuel to motivate you to do the things you want to achieve.
Channeling your anger into something worthwhile, positive and creative will pay off big time.
What makes you angry? Do you act out your anger in destructive or underhanded ways?
Do you think you can find a way to make it work for you in a positive way?
Share your thoughts with us in the comments bellow.