Where does your brain go when you are angry? I think it goes somewhere in the laundry with that lost sock that somehow escapes between the washer, dryer and the hamper.
We have all been triggered into anger or witnessed a seemingly rational person become triggered by something. A study by the Hormones and Behavior journal found that anger “provokes profound changes in the state of mind of the subjects (‘they felt angered and had a more negative state of mind’) and in different psychobiological parameters. There is an increase in heart rate, arterial tension and testosterone...”
All instances where I have taken action while my brain has been hijacked by anger are regrettable. Over the years, I have been able to catch myself a bit sooner. By all means I am not an expert yet, but with some awareness and deep breathing I am able to level myself and calm down.
5 Ideas That Might Help Control Anger
- Recognize your anger, and admit that you are upset. It is a normal human response—there’s no need to deny it. If you hold back a sneeze, it’s going to come out strange.
- Write. Get your journal or a pad of paper and write it out.
- Do something physical. Take a brisk walk, dance, throw some jabs at a punching bag, do jumping jacks, etc.
- Let out a primal scream (wouldn't it be great to have a "scream room"?)
- Talk to a trusted member of your Bamboo Circle who will not add fuel to the fire.
What do you do to quell your anger?