“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Paul, Ephesians 4:26, 27)
I want to ask you a question.
Have you ever been angry before in your life? I mean… have you been so ANGRY before… that you couldn’t even quench or reduce your anger… and you literally felt steam come out of your ears?
The other day… my wife and I were at the airport in Las Vegas flying home to Tulsa from our vacation… and I had one of those incredible moments of anger.
Both two of our planes had been delayed… which quickly turned a short, 4-hour trip… into a cruel, exhausting and loooong 12-hour trip.
I was just a little bit angry. 🙂
The funny thing was that I had everything to be happy about — we had a fun time and a blast out in Vegas… but yet I was angry.
The Bible tells us to not let the sun go down while we are angry. This implies to us that it’s NOT in our best interest to remain angry for a long time. Meaning, that while it’s not necessarily a sin to be angry… we should make it our priority to learn how to reduce anger whenever we feel our temper start to flash and burn.
4 QUICK Tips on How to Reduce Anger
When you are angry… there are many quick remedies you can take to reduce your anger.
1. Count to Ten to Reduce Anger – Slowly count backwards from ten… all the way down to one. Make sure you take deep, long breaths… in and out. In and out. This will help calm your nerves and calm your emotions down.
2. Walk Away to Reduce Anger – If you feel yourself getting highly angry and irritated at that person who can never stop talking and insists on pushing every one of your last buttons… do yourself a favor and just walk away and separate yourself from that situation.
3. Try to Think of Other People’s Feelings – If you are in an argument with someone… and you are having a hard time at reducing your anger… then try this. Get outside of your own angry emotions… and imagine yourself as the other person who you are in an argument with.
Ask yourself — does this person have even the smallest of legitimate reasons to be angry with you? This is very hard to do… but the people who can master this skill can not only master the art of reducing their anger… but they can master their people skills!
4. Use Self Talk to Reduce Your Anger – If you truly want to learn how to reduce anger… then one of the secret weapons you can use is a skill called “self-talk”. Self-talk involves you, yes… talking to yourself.
Don’t do it out in the open (because people may think you are crazy talking to yourself)… but find a quiet space to do your self-talk. Tell yourself, “I am happy! I am full of joy! Life is great! I am full of abundance!”
Talk to yourself in a positive way… in fact speak words to yourself that are the absolute opposite of what you are feeling like at the moment. This skill will help you learn to reduce your anger.
I hope this post helped you and gave you some useful tips in learning how to reduce your anger.
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Have a GREAT day and a GREAT weekend and be blessed by the BEST!
Your Daily Motivation Coach