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Calming Practice: How Yoga Can Help You Cope With Anger

Calming Practice: How Yoga Can Help You Cope With Anger

We all experience anger from time to time, but when our anger is out of control, it becomes destructive. When it dominates our thoughts, it can lead to problems in all of our relationships. It can ruin the quality of our lives and make us feel like we have no control. With a little help, though, we can take control of it.

Recognize Your Anger Issues

If anger is a frequent problem for you or someone in your household, you may want to seek help. Anger can spring from low self-esteem or persistent feelings of frustration. Other than lingering in your mind, it can be displayed through both words and actions and can even lead to violence. If you have behavioral issues that you can’t control, you may need to sit down with a therapist or someone else who specializes in your particular issues and talk it out.

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Turn to Yoga

While yoga is not necessarily a complete fix, the ancient practice can help you to de-stress and relax. The mindfulness of yoga practice helps us get mentally and emotionally grounded. Don’t try to force away the anger. Instead of screaming or doing something destructive, channel your physical energy into yoga postures and deep breathing. It’s a really simple thing to do and will help you in the long run.

Focus on the Present

Mindfulness lets you explore your anger so that you can channel it, especially by focusing on the Manipura Chakra of the solar plexus, where strong emotions like anger, anxiety, and fear are centered.

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This is not something that is easily achieved all at once or on the first try. You should dedicate ten to fifteen minutes every day to this so that you can learn the self-control that yoga requires. As you gain the patience that is needed to participate in this activity, you will start to master the skill of mindfulness. Whenever you come across situations that make you angry, you will be prepared. All you will have to do is turn your inner self towards mindfulness.

To help you on your path to living peacefully and without anger, here are three exercises that you can do each day.

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Exercises

  1. If you simply sit still and breathe when you are very angry, it may actually focus that anger into something worse. Burn off any feelings of violence with some physical activity, especially core/abdominal exercises. When that anger feels less urgent, then approach yoga.
  1. Lie flat on your back and lift your arms straight into the air. Make fists and allow yourself to feel anger. Bring your fists in toward your chest as you inhale. When they reach your chest, exhale explosively and relax. Keep repeating this until there is no anger left.
  1. Follow this with at least 3-5 minutes of the Corpse Pose: Close the eyes and lie flat. Do what you must to work out the stress from each body part until you can lie in a state of total relaxation. Be mindful of your entire body—even your tongue, your eyes, and your brain should feel relaxed.

Yoga is a discipline for empowering you with more control over your life. Anger may be normal, but yoga can help refocus it into acceptance and personal insights. Can you imagine your life without so much anger? If not, then the three exercises above are definitely what you need in your life.

As you journey into the world of yoga, you will experience a sense of self-mastery, a personal power over your own emotions, and be more able to handle every circumstance that life throws at you. Are you ready for that?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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