Re: What are some basic anger cures?
Mcgunther, I think it most important to determine the source of the anger. A person or situation? Is it possible to have a rational discussion and resolve in this way? Often not, unfortunately. I think it good to acknowledge the anger is there and why. Some of it may be too far in the past to recall, but may be causing exxagerrated reactions to everday life stressors.
Is it a situation in the world driving you nuts? Then some sort of activism can be a very therapeutic & constructive outlet for this sort of anger.
Exercise is a good one, any kind of sport, any sort of rythmic movement also like dance, tai chi, chi gong, yoga are excellent, also...metaphysical claims aside, these help to balance the brain hemispheres, at least and to bypass the more reptillian brain response of anger. I have also found EFT(Emotional Freedom Tecnique), which you can do yourself or with a practitioner, to be very helpful.
Also getting somewhere private (a car will do) and screaming/yelling all the things which are bothering me and imagining this person is there listening & just let them have it. Writing it all helps, as well. Keep writing, letters, journalling until you feel the charge is neutralized. Also punching a punching bag or pillows can release some of the emotion.
Any creative outlet is good. The key word, I have found, is express. I have learned we don't truly repress anything...like a pressure cooker, the lid will eventually blow, and if ignored, anger will rear/impose itself into seemingly unrelated events with potentially life-threatening results. Ruined relationships, loss of employment, incarceration, legal hassles, and hurting innocent bystanders who, themselves, will pass it on somehow to another. Viewed in this light, it is truly irresponsible to hang onto anger. And also detrimental to your health.
Anger can be a friend, if we learn to use and not be used by it.
Last edited by missbluesky; 01-31-2007 at 12:52 AM.