3 Ways to Stop Anger From Controlling Your Life
Identify a recent situation (or maybe you’re angry right now!) in which anger took hold of you. Now, try the trap it, map it, zap it technique.
TRAP IT: When you feel anger coming on, flag that emotion. Notice the symptoms, such as a clenched jaw or tight shoulders.
MAP IT: Identify the thought going through your head that’s causing the emotion.
ZAP IT: Challenge the thought. Is it true? Can you be sure that your boss is specifically out to make you miserable, or is he or she also under a lot of pressure? Do you really think your husband doesn’t care at all about what you have to say? Don’t let that anger-fueled thought get off so easily.
When you can get some space between you and your thoughts, you become aware of what’s happening to you. That gives you room and energy to question the source of your anger-fueled rage, as opposed to getting caught up in it. Now you’re far more likely to calm that emotion, and less likely to make a decision you’ll regret.
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