Hello anger

Anger is protective

Anger let’s us know what must be protected and what must be restored. When anger is used productively, it protects us and our relationships. When anger gets stuck, we can turn in on ourselves or out on other people.  Let’s train ourselves to recognize productive and unproductive anger. Let’s get clear on what to do when anger shows up and give it some love for doing it’s job.

1. Recognize

When we notice anger or feel anger come up, take a super-deep belly breath and imagine that we have a protective shield around us.  Allow the anger to flow out to the edge of our shield. Let’s keep breathing as we get to know our anger.

2. Acknowledge

Hello anger. Let’s notice how it moves in our body. What does it feel like? Focus in, describe it and notice what’s happening. It can feel a little scary to be up close and personal with anger so keep taking super-deep belly breaths, relax (as best we can) and be brave. We’ve got this. When we feel ready, ASK ANGER: What must be protected? What must be restored?

3. Relax 

We ALL actively store tension from anger in our body. Sometimes we’re aware of it sometimes we’re not. That tension builds and exacerbates arthritic pain. After getting up close and personal with anger, let’s notice the residual tension in our body. Let’s do a body scan and take a walk around our whole body to relax the muscle, tissue and skin in each area. Breathe into each area, consciously release tension and allow those muscles to sink towards the earth. Yes. We’re the boss of our tension. We get to decide what we hold on to and what we let go. Let’s release and let it flow. Choosing to relax is an act of self-love. Let’s give ourselves some love.

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