Anger can be especially difficult to manage. A well-known way of controlling anger is to take several deep breaths, releasing each one slowly. Do not focus on the source of anger as it will only increase your angry emotion. When you begin getting angry with someone, take time to listen to what the other person has to say. Choose to give a friendly smile of understanding, appreciation, or patience as you listen to the other side of the story; and make sure it is a real smile—not a sarcastic grin.

Avoid the companion of angry people. We really do become like the people with whom we spend the most time. Proverbs 22:24 states, “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man; do not associate with one easily angered.”

Anger is an emotional warning light that tells us something is wrong. The key to dealing with anger is learning to express it correctly. We can control anger instead of allowing it to control us. Another way to diffuse your anger is to excuse yourself, take a short break away from the situation in order to gain the right perspective. If possible, go for a walk to work off anger. Physical activity is a good source as an outlet for anger. Simple regular physical exercise, like walking daily for 30-minutes can improve our overall state of mind and lessen the occurrence and intensity of our anger.

Good listening habit helps in anger management. Take time to listen to what the other party is saying. Make sure to understand his/her views. Processed and analyse that information before replying. Do not be on the offensive and defensive. Explain your stance calmly.

Try to put a smile on your face the next time you are angry. It is difficult to be upset when you are smiling and it is one of the best and most affordable anger management tips as you can do it anytime, anywhere, any situation and to anyone.

The best way to manage anger is to prevent it in the first place by balancing your schedule and priorities. Manage your time as you will not be stressed out by rushing into things. Have enough sleep so that you will not be in a state of exhaustion. Take your meals on time so as not to upset your body mechanism.

We can learn to control our emotions through proper habits that will help in developing attitudes and discipline our emotions towards a peaceful and calm personality.

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