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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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