26 Sep 2015 | John Stamoulos
Someone cuts you off in traffic; your partner’s behaviour upsets you; your boss criticizes your project; illness stops you from pursuing a goal; you are deeply hurt by a friend’s action against you.
When something or someone irritates you, is disrespectful, crosses boundaries, or is hurtful, anger is often the natural reaction. Firing neurotransmitters in your brain and physical body responses can offer a shot of power when you might be feeling the most powerless.
Do you hold it in and do nothing? Do you erupt into yelling of spiteful words? Do lovingly point out the source of your upset even while silently seething inside?
When an event or person gets under your skin, the ultimate goal in dealing with the aggravation is to find a peaceful resolution that fuels a compassionate interaction with the situation, with others or with yourself.
Here are some steps that can take that give you the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat and shift the energy surging through you:
Anger will always be a part of life. If you are able to intelligently follow a resolute course of action that is responsive rather than reactive, you give yourself a dynamic tool that can protect you from harm, see you through any adversity, fuel your personal growth and encourage empowered action for your greatest success.