5 Steps to Manage Your Temper (2/7)

Studies are showing that blowing your gasket is as unhealthy as suppressing rage. Both drive up your heart rate and blood pressure. Try these techniques to shift your anger from heart to head so you can you let off steam without scalding anyone in the process.

By Anne Paillard Adapted from Reader's Digest Canada, April 2004

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Step 1: Question Yourself

Dr. Brian Baker, a cardiac psychiatrist and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto recommends asking yourself these questions whenever you feel angry:

  • What made me angry?
  • Why do I feel this way?
  • Is my anger justified?
  • Is it really worth blowing up?

Such evaluation helps you think rationally and control your emotions and behaviour, he says. If you think your anger is appropriate, decide what result you want, then make a plan and follow it. “But it usually isn’t justified in the great majority of cases, and you need to calm yourself down,” says Baker.




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