Teens: How do you learn to control your anger? Activity 9 & 10
Dr Gowher Yusuf
Hal 3rd stage, Bengaluru Feb 17, 2017
Source: The Anger workbook for Teens by (Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS)
When you are angry, choosing an activity that helps you calm down will keep your anger from getting the best of you.
You can talk to someone, take a time out, text a friend, pound on a pillow, play an instrument, listen to relaxing music, go for a bike ride, play basketball, read a book, draw/paint, or write in a journal.
Think about the situation that often makes you angry. When these situations arise, tell how you can chill out instead of exploding.
I get angry when_____________________________________________________
I can chill out by______________________________________________________
When you hold in your anger, it is likely to build. Expressing your feelings is an important first step towards coping with them, and writing is a great way to do that.
If you have never expressed your feelings this way before, a great way to start is by writing a letter to yourself. Include things that you are unhappy about, disappointed with, or want to change. Talk about why anger has been a problem for you and why you want to handle it differently. Expressing yourself in writing can help you examine whatever is bugging you. Then you can develop a plan to handle the situation rather than reacting impulsively, which often leads to negative consequences.