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Anger Management: Change the Cycle With These 5 Tips and Positive Affirmations

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The Cycle Of Anger: You Can Change That Cycle Now

I know many people who have a “mad at the world” attitude, don’t you? To be honest with you, I’ve gone through those phases, as well. You do your best to plan and prepare, then something comes up and spoils it all. You work hard at your job and keep on top of things, then have problems getting the promotion you deserve. You give your children the best you can and they still have difficulties just living life in a good way. The list is endless.

There are so many things that disappoint you when you know you’ve done everything to ensure that you wouldn’t be disappointed and then consequently, you get angry. Many times, not with any singular situation, but with life in general. It all just seems so unfair and useless. It’s certainly not a time in life when you want to even think about positive affirmations.

So what do you do? When I feel down like that, first of all, I know I have to do something to change the cycle and grab some positive thoughts because if not, I can find myself in a downward spiraling cycle which can even result in depression and apathy. Has this ever happened to you? You have a bad morning, getting out of bed on the wrong foot, then that turns into a bad day, then before you know it, you’re whole week is shot! It’s like watching a train wreck…but in slow motion….and while being on the train. Ouch!

How To Change the Cycle of Anger: Coping With Anger Means Coping With Stress

It’s not an easy cycle to change, though I wish I could say it’s easy, but the good news is that it can be done. To start off with, since most likely, you’re not going to be in a place of being able to accept positive thoughts, positive affirmations, much less laughter therapy, it’s a good idea for you to do a quick check of where my perspective is at. Ask yourself questions like:

Am I giving permanent reality to temporary problems? (that one is big!)
Why am I so angry with everyone and everything?
What do you believe that they have done to you? (remember that beliefs can be changed.)

Perhaps what has really occured is a simple misunderstanding where good communication with that person will resolve the problem. As Dan Pallotta puts it in his article in the Harvard Business Review “anti-communication is the source of all misunderstanding, and misunderstanding is the source of 99% of our problems.”

Maybe in some cases, someone really has done you wrong, but one thing is for sure; if you react to their wrong doing by holding onto that anger, then whoever did you wrong will continue to have power over you by conditioning your life.

Perhaps their wrong doing was something that happened over a week ago, but your being angry today conditions the way you treat people and circumstances today, and it’s not so easy to get good results from people and circumstances when you bring anger to the table. Staying angry with someone or something is kind of like “I don’t have a solution, but I sure love this problem”. Take a look at 5 solutions.

Here Are 5 Anger Management Tips:

1. Do something you love:

Getting busy with the model car you’re building or your gardening will give you a positive outlet for all of the extra adrenalin anger produces.

Hay House, Inc.

2. Get outside and take a long, brisk walk:

Distancing yourself from the area will help calm your mental stress and the excercise will calm your physical stress from the situaton.

3. Speak it thoroughly out of your system:

Call an 800 number, your best friend or partner and let them help you to calm down.

4. Invite distractions:

It might sound odd, but this is actually a good time for you to get yourself distracted because anything that can move your mind from that which has angered you, will inevitably help you to calm down.
(Just remember to move your mind back into the process of facing whatever angered you after your anger has subsided.) :-)

5. Pump up the volume:

Listen to some of your favorite music and even sing along because this too, will keep your mind focused on the song you’re singing more than the anger you felt. (Needless to say, this might not be the best time to listen to those songs that have great tunes, but provoke violence.) :-)

What Do You Do When You’re Angry With Yourself?

Also within this cycle are the negative thoughts that you might have towards yourself. You know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by life, right? Times when there just don’t seem to be enough hours in a day to get things done, and this can cause a lot of anger and resentment, as well. How many times have you heard the saying “there is method to my madness”, but the bottom line is that the less organized you are, the more difficult it is for you to get things done.

It’s kind of ironic I make such a bold statement like that because even though I grew up participating in a yearly family activity called “spring cleaning”, to be honest, it’s not something I carried into adult life as a yearly activity. For me, it’s usually more along the lines of “when the closets and drawers look like they’ll explode, I guess it’s time to clean out some things”!:-)

This leads me to this important question: do you harbor negative thoughts about yourself which are about things that you actually have control over? If you find yourself getting excessively angry with yourself over some particular issue in your life, ask yourself: “Can I change this? If so, what can I do to change this?” Positive affirmations were able to bring out better organizational skills and when you use positive self-talk, it helps you get on track much more quickly than getting angry with yourself.

One of the best ways this positive self-talk helps is to raise your awareness of what you can do to make your positive affirmations really become a realty in your life. Some things that helped me are these new resources I became more aware of, like the specialized organizational assistance I have with software I got here. Sure there are still times when I like a pen and paper, but more and more, software like this increases efficiency, saves time and hey, it’s weightless. You can also get the solution so many of us have found relief in plus new ideas on how to declutter your life by going to: Organize.com. Are you like those of us who have way too many paper documents contributing to clutter? Here’s another useful tool which will resolve that problem for you: TextBridge Pro 11 is the simple and fast way to convert paper into editable electronic documents!

You Can Tweak Your Anger Management Skills

The important thing to remember is that once you identify why you are angry, you can start taking steps to resolve that anger. Sitting with anger for a long time is not a good idea. Anger is a devious companion to have in life. Sure, there are times when anger can be channeled wisely to produce marvelous results of increased drive and determination, but more often than not, anger corrodes your inner happiness and peace.

But if you use a this new approach for coping with anger, the solutions will be easier to grasp and remain in your reach. Once you have a good hold of solutions, you will be in a better mindset. Laughter therapy can help accomplish this for you.

You know those moments when you don’t know if it’s better to laugh or to cry? Choose laughter! Laughter is your tool to get you to a place of peace from which you can begin to access the power of positive affirmations. The American Phychological Association actually lists humor as one of the ways they believe anger can be managed and you can find more on that, including their other suggestions by clicking here, The APA.

Pet therapy is a known fact to help manage anger.

Anger Knocks At The Door, But Peace Answers: Get That Special Place Of Peace

Be nice to yourself, do something good for yourself. There may be people who do things that get you down, but that doesn’t have to keep you down. Try using the power of positive affirmations to lift you up. If you have a situation where you believe someone has wronged you, try saying “I’m not going to let he or she stop me” instead of giving the wrongdoing more power by focusing on that wrongful action. Positive self-talk can really do a lot to help you turn the cycle around. What this little positive affirmation actually does is: it focuses your mind and your thoughts on your power to change the cycle and keeps you out of the reach of a negative cycle of anger. With positive thoughts and positive words in your life, you will automatically find positive actions which are in harmony with your mindset. You can also try journaling about how well you are overcoming that particular situation and writing down the new actions you plan to take so that you can physically see how that negative situation is actually bringing out the best in you. Try a nice, long relaxing bath, a good game of basketball with the fellas or some pet therapy. Managing anger is a lifelong responsibility, so it’s ok for you to give yourself the time you need. If the methods you tried before still brought you to the same results, maybe it’s time to try something new, like some laughter therapy and let the power of positive aaffirmations really start working for you!

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How Can You Effectively Manage Stress With Laughter?

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Managing Stress Can Be a Laughing Matter

The benefits of laughter are well documented: decreased blood pressure, improved attitude and an increased ability to manage pain as well as stress are just some of the advantages you can reap. Making use of humor is a common way to put people at ease, but what if you could take it further? What if you could incorporate laughter into your day for managing stress while improving your productivity? The first step is simpler than you might think.


A Positive Attitude Leads to Great Things

Laughter and a positive attitude have been proven to improve mental alertness. For anyone in a work setting, increased mental acuity has obvious advantages. Imagine making it through that late afternoon slump without feeling tired or overwhelmed.

Another advantage of laughing is that it helps give us a more realistic perspective. This form of cognitive reframing helps you view things in a better light, making it easier to take on additional challenges in a positive fashion. An upbeat attitude not only makes work easier, it makes the workplace more enjoyable.

Using Positive Thinking Quotes

How To Manage Stress With Laughter Therapy ImageWhen you embrace the power of positive words and laughter to improve performance and stress management, it can be difficult to come up with ideas. If you are used to being hard on yourself, internalizing positive messages can be a not so easy task. If you can’t come up with your own thoughts, you may choose to borrow ideas from our Positive Thinking Quotes page.


In this section, you will find many such quotations that you can use. Find one you like and turn it into your mantra. Repetition is an extremely effective way to create ownership of a message.

Laughter Therapy Is Backed by Science

It is easy to dismiss something as simple as positive thinking and its potential effects upon your day; however, recent studies at the University of Wisconsin offer concrete proof of its efficacy. Positive self-talk not only makes people more productive, it allows them to take risks more readily, interact better with others and enjoy greater levels of fulfillment. These benefits translate into greater effectiveness in all aspects of daily living.

Furthermore, the researchers found that while participants in the study found it difficult to get started with positive self-talk and positive thinking, the more often they used the techniques, the easier it got.

How To Manage Stress More Effectively? Bring Laughter to Work!

The one place that we tend to hold sacrosanct in our process-driven society is work; however, those barriers are starting to come down. Companies which have instituted laughter programs have found that their employees are happier, more effective and exhibit improved job performance. Just starting the day with positive affirmations, a short laughter session and some mild stretching can lead to great results.How To Manage Stress With Laughter Therapy Image

Managing stress in the workplace might not seem like it would lead to better results. But remember that research on laughter, stress management and a positive environment shows that happy, relaxed individuals actually work better and more efficiently. Try it for yourself to gain your benefits, too!

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How Laughter Therapy Can Improve Your Life Today

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How Laughter Therapy Improves Medical Results

People get sick every day; many of them with life-threatening illnesses. Modern medicine has progressed to a point where it can do remarkable things, certainly, but it can’t do everything. The more doctors learn about healing, the more they realize that the patient’s attitude is just as important as the treatment provided. That is why laughter therapy can be so crucial to your health and well-being in even the most ordinary regular events of everyday life. Yes, a laugh a day will help keep your doctor away!


Positive Attitude Is Key to Results

You hear it all the time….when a patient gives up there is very little even the best doctors can do for them to help their recovery. Conversely, you hear stories about patients who are given little hope of survival, yet make it through their illness and go on with their lives in an almost “miraculous” manner. What is the critical factor? Increasingly the medical profession is looking towards patients’ attitudes for answers to this question.

Norman Cousins is a perfect example of how a positive attitude and positive self- talk can achieve remarkable results. Cousins, a well-known journalist and an adjunct professor at UCLA, researched the biochemistry of emotions. He was diagnosed with heart disease and eventually, a painful form of arthritis, but he effectively treated himself with laughter therapy to relieve pain and he encountered marvelous and successful results. You can read the miraculous facts of his story in his book: Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient

Creative Visualization Leads to Success

There is more to healing than just laughter. Creative visualization is a remarkably powerful technique when harnessed properly. Charles Fillmore, one of the founders of the Unity School of Christianity, injured his hip in a skating accident as a boy. The damage to his hip caused his right leg to wither until it was over 3 inches shorter than his left. In his forties, he began to practice a routine of deep meditation and positive affirmations which strengthened his leg to the point where he barely limped any more.

If positive thinking and creative visualization can do so much for a 30-year-old injury, can you begin to grasp the powerful effects and the many great things it can do for you in your life today?

Laughter Therapy: A New Form Of Healing For Stress Management And More

Where are Your Wounds?

Few people seem to get through their lives without encountering unexpected obstacles that leave unseen wounds. Whether your injuries are emotional or physical, managing stress through the power of positive thinking and creative visualization can help you bring about the changes you desire.

A positive outlook can improve your work environment, facilitate every relationship you have or help you greet each day with enthusiasm. Learning to laugh at yourself, or simply incorporating laughter into each day can have untold benefits to your health, your emotional well-being and your productivity. If laughter and positive self-talk can help chronically ill or injured people recover and live better, it can surely help you get the most out of your experiences.

Many of these areas are already addressed in pages on our website. It doesn’t take much time to incorporate some of the ideas you will find here into your daily routine, and the payoff for you is immense.

Start Your Day with Positive Self-Talk

Tomorrow, start your day with a bit of positive self-talk. Rather succumb to the regular routine of groaning about having to go to work, why not try viewing your job as a challenge that you can overcome? Celebrate your ability to get out of bed, congratulate yourself on picking a particularly attractive outfit, an appealing tie or nice jewelry. Repetition will make the practice easier, and the more you encourage yourself the better you will feel.

Laughter exercise is only one part of laughter therapy, but the overall goal is to help you become a happier, healthier, more effective individual in all that you do!

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Self-Esteem and Laughter: How Do You Feel About You?

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Feel Better About Yourself With The Power of Laughter Therapy



 

Your Powerful Tool: Laughter Therapy

When was the last time you enjoyed a really good belly laugh? How about the last time you laughed at yourself? The power of laughter is impressive, but as we grow up we often forget how good it feels to laugh. Too often, we tend to get all caught-up in the regular routine of day to day life, but we can also choose to remember this important tool and take the vital steps in implementing it into our daily routine. Laughter therapy offers you an opportunity to get back in touch with your lighter side of life and it also provides you with numerous unexpected benefits as well!
 

It’s More than a Laughing Matter

A common misperception about laughter therapy is that all it means is standing with others in a circle while laughing. It is true that some of the exercises or group sessions do call for people to do exactly that, but there is much more involved. Laughter must be combined with positive self-talk, optimistic thinking, and an affirmative attitude to achieve truly remarkable results. Sure, you can practice this excercise in mnay ways, but the most important thing is to discover what works best for you. It might be that laughter yoga works best for you, or possibly, watching stand-up comedy is a good method. Whatever your method, you will gain tremendous benefits by incorporating this into your regular routine.

The Science Behind the Humor

The effects of humor and a positive attitude have not been lost on the medical community. In fact, a growing number of research studies are being conducted to evaluate the connection between humor, self-esteem and health. One such study, carried out at the University of Indiana, demonstrated a direct correlation between humor and health. The researchers reached the following conclusions:
 

• “Laughter is believed to act as a coping mechanism to relieve stress, improve self-esteem and reduce psychological symptoms related to negative life events.”
• “Sense of humor is often connected to higher levels of self-esteem.”
• “Sense of humor was also related to higher scores and quality of life in undergraduates.”
 

Does a sense of humor necessarily equal better self-esteem? No. However, the research, which is still in its infancy, indicates that people with an ability to maintain their sense of humor during a challenge fare much better than those who don’t. Furthermore, a sense of humor is vitally important for anyone seeking to improve their self-esteem. If you can laugh at yourself, then you feel less imtimidated by the world around you. In this case, no one is able to laugh at you because you have already set a platform upon which they can only laugh with you. Once you accept laughter therapy as a viable method for improving the quality of your life, you can utilize it for many areas in your life from improving your self-esteem to getting the promotion at work, or any area in your life that you seek to transform.

Positive Thinking Leads to a Positive Attitude


The first step in positive thinking actually involves eliminating negative thinking from your daily experiences. There are several steps to take.


Don’t Filter. Learn to see the whole experience, not just the bad parts. Negative thinkers tend to focus on one mistake in a collection of good choices, which rather obliviates the good choices made.

Don’t Catastrophize. If one negative experience makes you think that your whole day is ruined, you need to put things back into perspective. Too often we tend to give permanent reality to temporary situations/chaleenges.

Avoid Black and White Visualization. Few things in life are entirely good or completely bad. This holds true for people, too. Negative thinking forces you to see things in this fashion, either all good or all bad. Look for shades of gray and colors.

Once you start looking for moments where you engage in negative thinking it will be easier to replace those thoughts with positive ones:

Practice Positive Self-Talk. Learning to speak positively to yourself takes time and practice, especially if it is a new skill. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Look for small things you can start with and build up. A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t say it to someone else, don’t say it to yourself.

Look for Humor. Once you take a step back from a stressful situation you can often find something funny in it. Just the simple act of laughing will make you feel better and boost your self-esteem.

Choose One Goal. Changing everything would be overwhelming for anyone. Pick just one aspect of your life you want to work on and stick with it until you feel that you have made some good progress.

By using these techiniques, you are bound to see a difference in not only your self-esteem, but also in your life and your interaction with others.

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STRESS MANAGEMENT AND RETIREMENT

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How Stress Management Can Help You Deal With Retirement



You can manage retirement stress just like any other area that needs stress mangement.

Everyone thinks that when you retire things will be stress-free and you can kick back and relax without any worries. Truth is that the stresses of life follow seniors right into retirement. Laughter therapy, positive affirmation and stress management can all help face the stress of retirement.

Laughter As Therapy

We have all heard it said before that laugher is the best medicine, and laughter helps you not only to alleviate stress but it also helps you fight depression. This is an important factor, since about 15% of all seniors deal with major depression. Even small doses of laughter are able to help keep your mind positive and reduce worrisome thoughts.

The greatest thing about using the medicine of laughter is that everyone, no matter what their health condition, can benefit from it. Many nursing homes already understand the importance of laughter to help keep their resident’s attitudes positive and stress levels low. This is why they bring in comedic personalities, watch I Love Lucy reruns and play games that will guarantee a smile.

Retirement stress is an issue that has or will affect all of us at some point in life.


Stress Relief Remedies: Understanding the Changes

Another thing that you need learn to deal with is the changes in your ability to perform the same activities as you used to do them. This can be very stressful for many retirees. You might feel embarrassed or angry because of these difficulties and changes. However, if you take the necessary steps to understand these changes beforehand, things will be easier for you. This is why it is extremely important to constantly remind yourself of the good things thru positive affirmation and remember your positive attributes. You can effectively use positive affirmations to assist you in dealing with these changes by saying things to yourself like “I enjoy being able to take my time and do things slowly” or “by doing things slowly, I embrace each moment with more peace and joy because I don’t rush thru things anymore”. By findiing the right positive affirmations can you can discover a whole new view of retirement and repeating the positive affirmations which you like the most, you will gain their astounding effects to enable you to meet change with victory!

It is true that as we age; we find it harder to complete tasks that used to be easy. This is a fact that cannot be changed, but a way to battle this is to always remind ourselves of what we can achieve, and allow ourselves to stay as independent as possible. It is important for the elderly to receive praise often, because this helps keep away from feelings of giving up.


Natural Stress Relief Remedies

There are several other steps that can be taken to ensure that as seniors, you are successfully managing your stress. Meditation, yoga, aromatherapy and specific stress relief breathing techniques are all ways that can quickly and efficiently teach you to find calm and refocus. There are all sorts of classes available and even coaches who can teach you in your home. Counseling is also a good alternative if you are having a particular difficulty dealing with being retired.

Other Stress Relief Methods
Without work and children to keep your mind busy, you may find yourself thinking a lot about the things such as relationships, your health and your finances. It is no wonder you are stressed, but games and activities geared toward using their brain power can be a good source to keep your mind off of these things. Puzzles, trivia games and reading are good tools to accomplish this. It is important that you keep your mind and body vital, active and enthusiastic in your approach to retirement, and these specific types of excercise, which take on the form of games are specifically formulated to help you obtain this valuable objective.

Once you understand how stress can affect you at retirement age, it will be easier to find solutions to help. Laughter therapy, positive affirmations and stress management will all help you to better move into your retirement years.

There are many positive solutions to relieve retirement stress.


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