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01 October 2010

Cool it, hothead!

Exploding over everyday irritations can harm your health, relationships and career. Here are 10 steps to disarming the bomb.

Exploding over everyday irritations can harm your health, relationships and career. Here are 10 steps to disarming the bomb.

“We’re going home!” you announce. Confused, he asks why, but you’re already stalking off. He follows you to the car, where you have a huge argument.

  • Slow down your body’s physiological response to anger by breathing deeply. Visualize your anger departing when you breathe out, and calmness entering when you breathe in.
  • If you can’t walk away from an anger-inducing situation, taking just a single step can help. For example, step to your right and imagine that you’ve left your anger behind you.
  • Immediately and decisively choose to channel your anger into a positive task that will move you forward, rather than a reaction that will hold you back.
  • Think of three good things that could come from whatever has angered you.
  • Set aside some “anger time” for later, when you’ll be better able to handle your feelings. Source: Good Karma in a Box by Karen Salmansohn (Sourcebooks).

 
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