Do you have difficulty turning off your mind? Is your head spinning especially when you’re trying to sleep? You are not alone my friends.
Stress, anger, anguish and anxiety are becoming a constant source of pain and discomfort.
Is it work, family, finances, terrorism or politics? Ever since the election campaigns and subsequent outcome, many of us are tired of hearing about it but, it is pervasive.
You may have something called “Election Stress Disorder”. According to a study by the American Psychological Association 1 in 4 people are negatively affected by the constant concern revolving around current and future America.
One key to anger management is making a conscious decision as to what is good for us or harmful.
- Decide what it is you can control and or influence.
- Determine what you have no control over but, may have control over you.
- Cutting down on watching or listening to the news has done wonders for me.
It’s too overwhelming and sends my anger and stress levels through the roof.
Some do choose to tune it out but for many of us it’s become an addiction. I’m waiting for an “All Trump Channel” to arrive any day now.
Anger is a normal emotion.
Don’t beat yourself up for having it. Instead seek out ways to manage anger. Not just for yourself. The people we love can be infected or inherited by our misguided actions when our stress is out of control. We don’t need to pass our rage to our children. Even when we think we are hiding it, others sense it on some level. Let’s face it, there is way too much distress and negative reactions to it in the world.
Effective tools to manage the stress and anger
- Be aware of your anger triggers
- Share your angst with someone you trust. There is no shame in that.
- Scream into a pillow or roll up the windows in your car and scream
- Yoga, prayer or meditation. Even 5 minutes of meditation can be very soothing.
- Journaling can be very effective. Sometimes I write an angry letter to someone, leaving nothing out and then rip it up or burn it.
- Deliberate deep breathing with eyes closed. Concentrate lightly on breathing and the negative thoughts take at least a temporary backseat and lowered stress.
- Exercise of course. Even a short walk is great. Leave your technology at home.
- Spend a few minutes with your pet and soak up that unconditional love.
- Listen to your favorite uplifting music
If you are like me, I forget my tools when I need them the most. That is why I keep them on a small card in my wallet and can pull it out when I am agitated.
Keep in mind that anger turned inward can result in depression and disease.
I wish you only the best that emotional health can offer.