Frequently losing your temper not only alienates others – it can contribute to health problems – including headaches, upset stomach and heart attack. Take control —
COUNT TO 10: When something angers you, give your body time to defuse before you react. Take three or four deep breaths. Ask yourself: “will this really matter a week or month from now?”
WALK IT OFF: Go for a short stroll until you calm down. Find a quiet place where you can think things through calmly and take a second look at how you are reacting to the situation.
DISTRACT YOURSELF: Instead of pounding on the horn in a traffic jam, play soothing music or listen to an upbeat program on the radio. At work, dive into a task to turn negative energy into positive.
ASK FOR HELP: If managing outbursts seems impossible – don’t be afraid to try counseling, meditation, lifestyle changes or other kinds of help. You health – and your relationships — may depend on it.