Posted by: arijnovick | October 6, 2010

5 Tips to Improve Anger Management for Men and Women

People often ask the question, “Hey, Dr. Novick, can you give me some quick tips on how to better manage and control my anger?”.  That simple question does not have a simple solution or answer .  The short answer is that by attending an anger management class or participating in an online anger management course, one will easily be exposed some useful skills in better managing or controlling their impulsive urges .

There is no “quick fix” in anger management.  Learning to better control our temper takes both time and energy .  Anger management is skill based, and practice is the way to see long term change . Just like getting better at golf, tennis, or math, repetition is critical for creating and retaining new and improved ways of dealing with anger and stress.

Here are a five simple tips that have helped thousands of previous   participants .  Reading of them just creates awareness, but learning them will take much more

1. Improve communication and listening skills .  Almost 80% of communication is non verbal.  Communication is learned, therefore we can learn new and improved ways to getting our point across without hurting others .

2. Learn how to better manage stress and the stress response .  Simple life adjustments such as getting more sleep, eating correctly , exercising more and learning to self-sooth .

3. Improve emotional intelligence towards others.  Those that have more empathy tend to have more quality interactions with friends, family and co-workers as well as have less conflict.

4. Forgiveness .  Skills in forgiveness give us the ability to let go and not hold on to anger.

5. Take time-outs.  Simple but effective .  Learn the proper way to take a time out from attending a professional anger management course

Anger control is a personal journey to improve interpersonal skills and better our relationships .  Anger can often have long terms and harmful effects on others.  Learning anger management tips may be a start .  Taking and successfully finishing an anger class would be an excellent first step in moving towards the sobriety of anger control .

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