Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts August 2002
Short Cuts:BETTER YET
Managing Your Anger
Whether it’s a simmering complaint or a
boiling rage, anger can lead to problems at work and at home. The
Alexandria, Va.-based National Mental Health Association (www.nmha.org) offers the
following ways to help you keep your cool.
EXPRESS YOURSELF. Being assertive instead of
aggressive is a healthier way of making feelings known. Rather than
snapping at others, practice clearly articulating your needs and
how you’d like them to be met.
BE RATIONAL. When people get mad, they tend to
exaggerate the reasons for their ire. Replacing anger-fueled
perceptions with realistic assessments gives one a more balanced
and calmer perspective.
BITE YOUR TONGUE. A heated argument often
causes combatants to yell out the first thing that comes to mind.
Slow down, listen to others and think through a response before
CHANGE YOUR SCENERY. If part of your daily
routine is causing you grief, find an alternative. For example, if
driving through the morning rush hour leaves your nerves frazzled,
find a more peaceful route, or ride a bus.
• BRUCE MYINT
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