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This is Why You Should Give Yourself “24 Hours” When You Are Angry

This is Why You Should Give Yourself “24 Hours” When You Are Angry

Emotions are human nature, including both the positive ones and the negative ones. When we were kids, we might sometimes find our parents annoying as they often told us to clean our rooms while we were busy at something. Or maybe you would get angry when you found yourself being treated unfairly. Think of the last time you got annoyed by something or someone, how did you deal with that? Here we have some advice for you.

The Rule of 24 Hours

When you feel angry, remember to give yourself 24 hours before you react. As the saying goes, ‘Think twice before you act.’ 24 hours allow sufficient time for you to think twice, or even more. It is easy to say something you will regret later when you are overwhelmed by anger. These words may not be appropriate or they may even hurt others. In the heat of the moment, it is better for you to stay calm and keep those words in mind, at least for 24 hours. During that 24 hours, you can take a timeout for yourself. Give yourself a short break to make yourself feel better and to stay out of what makes you feel annoyed. Watch a movie, go for a walk, read some books, play sports, or even take a nap. It depends. Just simply do anything that makes you feel relaxed.

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After taking a break, if you still find the problem bothers you, voice your opinion or react maturely. Think of how you express yourself without harming others. It may not be about who is right or wrong, but it is about how you feel. You need not put others in an embarrassing situation. What you only need to do is to show others what you have in mind honestly in a positive way.

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Everything takes time. But if you keep practicing in such direction to manage your anger, you will be surprised at how many relationships you will save.

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Featured photo credit: Grumpy Cat via twitter.com

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Last Updated on June 26, 2020

10 Things To Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

10 Things To Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

Problems and heartaches in life are inevitable. However, there are some things to remember when you’re right in the thick of it that can help you get through it. When everything seems to be going wrong, practice telling yourself these things.

1. This Too Shall Pass

Sometimes life’s rough patches feel like they’re going to last forever. Whether you’re dealing with work-related issues, family problems, or stressful situations, very few problems last for a lifetime. So remind yourself, that things won’t be this bad forever.

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2. Some Things are Going Right

When things are going wrong, it’s hard to recognize what is going right. It’s easy to screen out the good things and only focus on the bad things. Remind yourself that some things are going right. Purposely look for the positive, even if it is something very small.

3. I Have Some Control

One of the most most important things to remember is that you have some control of the situation. Even if you aren’t in complete control of the situation, one thing you can always control is your attitude and reaction. Focus on managing what is within your control.

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4. I Can Ask for Help

Asking for help can be hard sometimes. However, it’s one of the best ways to deal with tough situations. Tell people what you need specifically if they offer to help. Don’t be afraid to call on friends and family and ask them for help, whether you need financial assistance, emotional support, or practical help.

5. Much of This Won’t Matter in a Few Years

Most of the problems we worry about today won’t actually matter five years from now. Remind yourself that whatever is going wrong now is only a small percentage of your actual life. Even if you’re dealing with a major problem, like a loved one’s illness, remember that a lot of good things are likely to happen in the course of a year or two as well.

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6. I Can Handle This

A lack of confidence in handling tough times can add to stress. One of the best things to remember is that you can handle tough situations. Even though you might feel angry, hurt, disappointed, or sad, it won’t kill you. You can get through it.

7. Something Good Will Come Out of This

No matter how bad a situation is, it’s almost certain that something good will come out of it. At the very least, it’s likely that you will learn a life lesson. Perhaps you learn not to repeat the same mistake in the future or maybe you move on from a bad situation and find something better. Look for the one good thing that can result when bad things happen.

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8. I Can Accept What’s Out of my Control

There are many things that aren’t within your control. You can’t change the past, another person’s behavior, or a loved one’s health issues. Don’t waste time trying to force others to change or trying to make things be different if it isn’t within your control. Investing time and energy into trying to things you can’t will cause you to feel helpless and exhausted. Acceptance is one of the best way to establish resilience.

9. I Have Overcome Past Difficulties

One of the things to remember when you’re facing difficulties, is that you’ve handled problems in the past. Don’t overlook past difficulties that you’ve dealt with successfully. Remind yourself of all the past problems you’ve overcome and you’ll gain confidence in dealing with the current issues.

10. I Need to Take Care of Myself

When everything seems to be going wrong, take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, get some exercise, eat healthy, and spend some time doing leisure activities. When you’re taking better care of yourself you’ll be better equipped to deal with your problems.

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