We, all, have experienced those times when things don’t go our way. In fact, there have been times when other people do things that simply don’t live up to our expectations. At one point or another, we’ve all experienced some form of anger in which we lose control of our emotions and end up saying and doing things that we regret later. Anger is part of everybody’s life. The concern, though, is what you do when you are angry. If you yell or hurt someone because you are angry, then your anger is out of control. Our anger management counselor in Washington DC can help you identify the root cause of your anger and how to manage it, effectively. Conflict resolution and problem-solving skills are taught.
Gaining control over the factors in your life and environment that trigger anger is a focus of therapy, for us. We, also, help you to identify lifestyle changes and emotion regulation skills that you need to manage your anger, daily. Below is a list of suggestions to get you started:
Make Time for Yourself – Setting apart that quiet time for yourself gives you critical moments to think and reflect on your life and circumstances. Self-monitoring and self-reflection open you up to more possibilities and alternate perspectives on the issues that cause you anger. These give you the tools to react, appropriately, to events and circumstances. As a result, you respond in more productive and helpful ways.
Address the Causes of Anger – There are certain people, places and things in your environment that tend to trigger uncomfortable and irritating feelings for you. You need to learn to acknowledge these sources of anger and avoid them. Our anger management counselor in Washington DC helps you to identify these factors that trigger anger in your life and work with you to rehearse how to minimize their impact. Dealing with multiple situations that trigger your anger, throughout the day, can be overwhelming. Hence, your need to learn stress reduction strategies that we offer.
Avoid Dwelling on Mistakes – Everyone makes mistakes, sometimes! So, it’s ok if you get it wrong, sometimes! It’s part and parcel of the process of learning and living. If you make mistakes or lose control of your anger, don’t lose hope. Learn from the experience and move on to achieve your goal. Blaming yourself or blaming someone else would not help.
Reframe Your Circumstance – How you interpret a situation determines how you will respond to it. When you change your interpretation of a situation, you see that situation in a new light and in a new way. You do not need to be constricted by the limitations of your own biased perspectives. Instead, open yourself to new possibilities and broaden your interpretations of events and circumstances. This will provide you with many options to resolve a problem.
Our anger management counselor at Power Counseling PLLC in Washington DC can help you stop anger from controlling your life, as you regain control of your emotions to excel in every area of life.